The 4-H junior and teen leadership experience is designed to provide members
with the opportunity to learn about the qualities and competencies needed to be
a leader. Junior leaders provide assistance, while teen leaders assume more
challenging leadership roles. Junior and teen leaders may assist with specific
projects or with more general 4-H activities and events. A 4-H member may be a junior or teen leader for one or more projects during the year.
The primary duties of a junior or teen leader are (varies by age, experience,
and other factors):
- Work collaboratively with the adult leader to set goals, develop lesson
plans, teach skills, and evaluate activities.
- Coordinate logistical details such as meeting times, locations, materials,
supplies, and expenses with the adult leader.
- Communicate with the adult leader and members about group expectations,
responsibilities and expected outcomes.
At the beginning of the year, the 4-H member and the adult leader should meet
to discuss the project and define each of their roles. The 4-H member should
complete pages 1 and 2 of the 4-H Junior and Teen Leadership
Development Report. At the end of the year, the 4-H member
must complete pages 3 and 4 of the form and include the entire form in his/her
record book to receive credit.
Junior leaders (intermediate members): To become a junior leader, youth must
be in grades 6-8, or if home-schooled, must be at least 11 and no more than 13
years old as of December 31 of the program year.
Teen leaders (senior members): To become a teen leader, youth must be in the
ninth grade or above, or if home-schooled, must be at least 14 years old as of
December 31 of the program year.