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North Carolina 4-H Ambassador Program

The mission of the North Carolina 4-H Ambassador program is to empower teen 4-H leaders with the knowledge, skills and aspirations necessary to be effective advocates for NC 4-H Youth Development. We strengthen and expand upon 4-H Ambassadors’ current leadership abilities so that they may serve as positive role models for younger youth; build meaningful partnerships with other teens, adult volunteers, and 4-H professionals; and promote the 4-H mission in North Carolina.

Our vision is that every North Carolina teen 4-H member will have the personal initiative, program resources, and leadership opportunities to be a positive role model and a vocal advocate for the 4-H program in our state.

Basic Premises of the NC 4-H Ambassador Program

  • Encourages personal development and service to NC 4-H for teen 4-H members.
  • Is based upon an individual teen’s performance towards established standards.
  • Is self-based and self-paced
  • Documents the teen’s accomplishments through a Personal Leadership Portfolio developed by the Ambassador based upon defined criteria.

NC 4-H Ambassador Program Guidelines

  • To apply to become a NC 4-H Ambassador, a member must be at least 13 years old and have been a 4-H member for 2 years, both as of January 1.
  • Ambassador registrations and portfolio submissions must be approved by the county 4-H professional prior to submission to the State Ambassador Program Coordinator.
  • Personal Leadership Portfolios compiled by the Ambassador candidate document individual achievements, and must follow specified statewide guidelines.
  • A 4-H member can achieve only one Ambassador level per portfolio submission. You must complete and have verified one level before advancing to the next.
  • It is recommended that a 4-H member take no longer than 2 calendar years to complete a single Ambassador level. Requirements for each level must include only those activities and courses completed after January 1 of the year the member entered that level.
  • Portfolios may be submitted for verification twice yearly, in April and October. (2006 Dates: April 17, October 15.)
  • Ambassador Leadership Team members, including a trained county 4-H professional,an adult volunteer and/or current Ambassador will review Portfolios, verify requirements, and award levels of achievement.
  • All Ambassadors successfully completing any Ambassador level(s) will be recognized at the NC 4-H Congress or NC 4-H State Council Conference.

Ambassador Levels and Requirements

Ambassador Portfolio and Forms

Questions about Ambassadors? Contact Shannon McCollum,, 919-515-8486