This opportunity is open to any 4-H member in grades 8-11 in the school year at time of applying.
There are five ambassador tracks: Healthy Living, Pollinators, Science and Engineering, Wildlife, and Animal Sciences (descriptions are below).
The application can be found online (https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_br6xtWEsNtrsieW). Applications will close Monday, April 15, 2024 at 5pm.
A limited number of 4-H’ers will be selected as Ambassadors. They will be required to:
- attend the Georgia 4-H Ambassador Training Summit (May 30-31, 2024)
- commit to one year of service;
- complete six learning activities related to their subject area;
- complete six sharing activities related to their subject area;
- and provide quarterly reports.
Healthy Living Ambassadors
Cultivating healthy habits around food, nutrition and physical activity is important for ensuring your own health and the health of your community. Healthy Habits ambassadors will learn and share about food and nutrition, food access and security, preparing budget-friendly meals and snacks, and general health and well-being.
Over the last several decades, the decline in pollinator species can be attributed to many causes – pests and pathogens, chemical exposure, loss of species and genetic diversity, changing climate, and habitat loss, degradation, and/or fragmentation. Because humans depend on plants and pollinators for food supply and healthy ecosystems, a balance must be maintained to sustain life on earth. According to the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1 our of every 3 bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators. Georgia 4-H Pollinator Ambassadors teach about the importance of pollinators and easy conversation efforts.
Animal Science Ambassadors
Animal Science Programs Food animal production contributes $5.9 billion to the annual farm gate of Georgia. That represents over 40% of all agricultural production in the state. The goal of the Georgia 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program is to provide educational experiences for youth to explore their interest in animal and poultry science. The program focuses on connecting youth with local animal production systems and industries, exploring the richness and diversity of animal production, developing advocacy skills, and increasing their access to career and post-secondary opportunities in animal and poultry sciences. As a Livestock Ambassador, you’re learning and sharing activities will focus on dispelling common myths about food animal production and being a spokesperson for the industry.
Science and Engineering Ambassadors
Science is the body of knowledge that explores the physical and natural world. Engineering is the application of knowledge in order to design, build, and maintain a product or process that solves a problem and fulfills a need. With economic competition truly becoming global and STEM-related careers continuing to grow and expand, there is a need for young people to develop interest and skills in these areas. Georgia 4-H Science and Engineering Ambassadors help provide other youths the opportunity to engage in hands-on science projects related to biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, environmental science, and engineering.
Georgia is one of the most biologically diverse states in the nation, ranking 2nd in amphibian species, 3rd in freshwater fish species, 7th in reptile species, and 7th in vascular plant species. (And yes, in Georgia, plants are considered wildlife.) Georgia 4-H Wildlife Ambassadors become certified Project WILD Educators, a national environmental education program coordinated by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. Their goal is to teach people in their communities about the importance of wildlife conservation throughout our state.