Leadership: Making a difference in local, state, national and global issues
What makes great leaders? Some would say practice. Good character is not formed in an instant. Instead, leadership skills are built by habit, by intentionally repeating practices until they become instinctive, natural, and powerful. 4-H builds good leaders by giving them safe environments and many opportunities to practice all the skills needed to be successful leaders, skills such as teambuilding, organization, cooperation, decision-making, and communication. Illinois 4-H refined the six teen leadership opportunities available to Illinois 4-H members. One shoe doesn’t fit all—in shoes or in leadership. Some youth love to teach, while others prefer to plan events or speak in public. This simple fact… one size doesn’t fit all … radically changed the way Illinois 4-H interacts with teenagers. Youth pick what they like best: Advocating for Change, Planning Activities, Promoting 4-H Impact, Advising Partnering Councils, Mentoring Peers, or Teaching Others.
Learn more about Illinois 4-H Teens as Teachers program.
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