Leadership & Civic Engagement

Capitol Experience                                                                                                                                

Hart County 4-H members visit Frankfort each year in February or March . The daylong event allows young people to learn about the inner workings of state government, meet their legislators and tour political and historical buildings.


Area Teen Council

Area 4-H Teen Council is a group of teens (8th grade and up) that meet in odd months (September, November, January, March, May) on the 2nd Monday of those months at 5:30 p.m. Meetings rotate between Barren and Warren County so that each end of the area does not have to drive so far. Teens run the meeting and focus on either educational programs or community service.


Teen Summit

Kentucky 4-H Summit is held annually at Lake Cumberland and West KY 4-H Camps. This program is for middle school aged youth who are currently enrolled in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades.  This program is designed to develop leadership, citizenship, and communication skills. More information


Teen Conference

During this four-day conference, teens develop valuable life skills, leadership competencies and communication abilities.  Delegates have an opportunity to practice independence while staying on the University of Kentucky campus living in dorms, visiting "The 90" and other academic and student life buildings that allow them to see how a real college student lives.  Delegates are encouraged to explore their future education and degree plans by exploring all the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment can offer. A service learning opportunity is provided for youth to practice generosity. Featured events include: Fashion Revue, the Culinary Challenge, State 4-H Officer elections, and selection of our future Teen Board members. This event usually takes place in June. More information.


Issues Conference                                                                                                                                           

The Kentucky 4-H Issues Conference began in 1989 to give teen 4-H members the opportunity to learn the process of identifying and addressing local issues. 4-H members select an issue and research the issue before coming to the conference. While at the conference, 4-H’ers are given the opportunity to share their ideas and collaborate with other 4-H’ers from around the state. Adult facilitators work with 4-H’ers leading them in the process of preparing a simulated presentation to a community board. County teams are given the opportunity to submit a mini-grant proposal following the conference addressing an identified local issue. Recommended for grades 9-11. More information.


State Teen Council

Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts:  mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity.  The State Teen Council fosters mastery by empowering council members to research, develop, present and teach concepts related to leadership and civic engagement, belonging by building rapport among 4-H'ers with similar interests, independence by encouraging the management and education of serving on and leading committees and business meetings, and generosity through regular service events and building team rapport. More information


4-H Fashion Leadership Board

The Kentucky 4-H Fashion Leadership Board will consist of individuals who have an interest in Fashion, Textiles, and Sewing as well as the passion to share that interest with others. Board members will learn how to develop their skills in teaching and encouraging others while having fun and learning more about themselves. The expectation for Board members is to approach each new project with innovation, creativity and critical thinking in order to make it the best it can be for everyone involved.


Performing Arts Troupe

The KY 4-H Performing Arts Troupe & Board is a group of amazing and talented high school teens who love to sing and perform. Members will attend a music camp, perform at various 4-H State level events, learn about careers related to the performing arts and lead a Performing Arts workshop for middle school 4-H members.


Shooting Sports Ambassador

. Being a SS Ambassador is an opportunity to practice and develop your leadership skills as well as help promote the 4-H Shooting Sports Program throughout the state


4-H Science, Engineering & Technology Leadership Board

The Kentucky 4-H SET Teen Board gives teens real-world experience in SET, leadership, and provides youth a voice to the direction of the Kentucky 4-H program.


Healthy Living Leadership Board

The Kentucky 4-H Healthy Living Leadership Board gives teens who are interested in Health and Nutrition an opportunity to put leadership skills into action while providing a youth voice to the direction of the 4-H Healthy Living program at the state level.


Social Justice Board

The Social Justice Leadership Board is a collaboration between 4-H, UK College of Ag. Office of Diversity, and FCS. The goals of this Leadership board are to increase cultural intelligence, Increase cultural leadership, and explore career paths in DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) as well as nonprofits. Developing leadership skills is a major part of 4-H.


All Leadership Information

Contact Information

505 A. A. Whitman Lane P. O. Box 367 Munfordville, KY 42765-0367

(270) 524-2451