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County 4-H Ambassador

General Information

What is a County 4-H Ambassador?

A County Ambassador is a representative and champion of the county 4-H program. County Ambassadors act as visible 4-H members - role models for their fellow 4-H members, their county, their state, and their world.

Being chosen as a County Ambassador is a working honor. The County Ambassador team plans their own year of activities to create meaningful learning and service opportunities for themselves and others in their communities.
See the County Ambassador Handbook and the CA 4-H Resource Center for more details.
The San Mateo/San Francisco 4-H County Ambassador position is one of the highest youth service-learning opportunities and recognitions attainable in the San Mateo/San Francisco County 4-H Youth Development Program. The County Ambassadors are youth who have excelled in the areas of leadership and service learning and have been selected to serve the 4-H Youth Development Program in roles that promote leadership through education and service. 



  • Applicants must be between 14 – 18 years old as of December 31 of the program year and meet the 4-H membership requirements for the 12-month term.
  • Applicant must have completed at least one year of membership in 4-H prior to the year of application. Membership does not have to be the most recent consecutive year.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and skills.
  • The position of County Ambassador is open to all qualified 4-H members in all program delivery modes: community club, afterschool club, SPIN club, summer camp, etc.
Returning County Ambassador Application Process

Online application and instructions: 

Please note the returning Ambassador applicants do not need to include any letters of reference and will respond to different essay questions.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Application: Plan, essays, and resume
  2. Interview*
  3. Presentation on county ambassador plan*

* Interview/presentation will be scheduled in August.


If you have any questions, please contact our 4-H County Staff at smsf4h@ucanr.edu


New County 4-H Ambassador Application Process

Due August 1, 2024

no later than 5 PM.


Online application and Instructions:

BEFORE YOU BEGIN, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE READ County Ambassador Application Requirements below.

1) Applicants must be prepared to upload their essay responses with this application.

  1. Describe a teamwork experience you were involved in. What were the challenges and how did you overcome them?
  2. Describe the role you feel adult advisors should fulfill on the team. Include how you plan to communicate your role expectations to the adult advisors. Demonstrate your experience working in a youth-adult partnership.
  3. Describe your experiences in communicating (both oral and written) to public audiences. Demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively with public audiences.
2) Applicants must submit the following documents for their application to be considered.
  1. Resume
  2. Written Evidence of Leadership Experience and Skills
  3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
NOTE:  Recommendations may not be from a parent/guardian, sibling, or other family member related to the applicant.
Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview in August.


Additional Application Information

Please take the following information into account when completing your application:

Resume:  4-H format preferred, others acceptable. 

Written Evidence of Leadership Experience and Skills means the first five listed below OR Gold Star Rank:

  • Mastery of a project: A minimum of 6 hours of instruction, supported by a skills statement.
  • Significant leadership roles: 40 hours, with at least 10 hours within 4-H.
  • Civic Engagement and/or community service: 30 hours, with at least 6 hours through 4-H.
  • Public speaking engagements: 10 total, including at least 2 at 4-H events.
  • Involvement in 4-H: A list of 15 activities, which may include project skill activities, attendance at 4-H events, honors, and recognition.

Note: Definitions for project skill activities, 4-H events attended, honors, and recognition can be found in the California 4-H Record Book Manual. Applicants may use the Personal Development Report (PDR) or the Summary of 4-H Work form to demonstrate completing at least 15 activities, items in the Achievement Program. Completing a PDR or an Emerald Star I, Emerald Star II, or Impact Star Achievement form is not an application requirement for County Ambassador.

  • Achievement of a Gold Star Rank: confirmed by a signed and dated Star Rank chart or other relevant documentation.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation:

One letter: From a 4-H youth member.

Two letters: From adults who know your leadership experience, skills, and character.  At least one of the letters must be from a 4-H adult who knows your skills and character demonstrated within 4-H.

Note: Recommendations may not be from a parent/guardian, sibling or other family member residing in the same household as the applicant.


Applications and interviews will be evaluated using these rubrics.