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County Ambassador

General Information

What is a 4-H County Ambassador?

Sponsored by the San Mateo County 4-H Council, San Mateo/San Francisco 4-H County Ambassadors (formerly known as All Stars) are liaisons between the county 4-H office, 4-H members, 4-H volunteers, and the public. San Mateo/San Francisco 4-H County Ambassadors visit 4-H clubs in their county; network with other organizations within the community; and represent our county at the annual 4-H State Leadership Conference. A detailed profile of County Ambassador duties can be found in the County Ambassador Agreement. San Mateo/San Francisco 4-H County Ambassadors act as visible role models for their fellow 4-H members, their county, their community, and state.

Why does 4-H have County Ambassadors, and where do they fit with the rest of 4-H?

San Mateo/San Francisco 4-H County Ambassadors rank not only recognizes a member's leadership abilities, but it is also a working honor that provides 4-H members the opportunity to serve the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. 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. For more information: County Ambassador Handbook.


  • Applicant 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.
    • Mastery of a project as demonstrated by at least 6 hours of instruction. Provide a statement of what project skills you have mastered
    • 40 hours of significant leadership roles, either inside or outside of 4-H
    • 30 hours of citizenship and/or community service, either inside or outside of 4-H
    • 10 public speaking engagements, at least 2 of those must have been given at a 4-H event
    • Demonstrate involvement in 4-H as evidenced by a list of activities that are a combination of 15 of the following: project skill activities, 4-H events attended, and honors/recognition. Definitions for these three categories are found in the Record Book Manual under the section describing the Personal Development Report (PDR). Completing a PDR is not an application requirement for County Ambassador


  • Achievement of a Gold Star Rank as evidenced by the signed and dated Star Rank chart or other documentation that verifies you have achieved this rank
New County Ambassador Application Process

Due no later than 11:59 PM on May 20, 2022

Online application and Instructions:

For more information on the application process and instructions check out the County Ambassador Application Information

  • County Ambassador Plan
  • Essay responses to questions in the application
  • Upload resume
  • Upload written evidence of leadership experience and skills
  • Upload signed County Ambassador Agreement
  • Online submission of three (3) letters of recommendation 
    • One (1) letter from a 4-H youth member
    • Two (2) letters from adults who have knowledge of your leadership experience, skills and character. At least one of the letters must be from a 4-H adult who has knowledge of your skills and character demonstrated in the 4-H Youth Development Program. 
    • Please provide your references that you’ve chosen with this survey link to submit their recommendations: https://ucanr.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1HuFGAjULRZfoOO

Recommendations may not be from a parent/guardian, sibling or other family member related to the applicant.

Selection Criteria: Evaluation Rubric

  1. Application: Plan, essays, resume, leadership experience/skills and references
  2. Interview*
  3. Presentation on county ambassador plan*

* Interview/presentation will be scheduled for June via Zoom.

Returning County Ambassador Application Process

Online application and instructions: 

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

Selection Criteria: Evaluation Rubric

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

* Interview/presentation will be scheduled in June via Zoom.


If you have any question, please contact our County Ambassador Mentors: Kate Lyn Sutherland, klsutherland@ucdavis.edu and Emma Kurr, emma.kurr@gmail.com and/or Zeva Cho, 4-H Program Representative, zfcho@ucanr.edu.