Youth Leadership

Youth Leaders

“Every child has the potential to be a true leader. However, kids today say they are missing experiences that grow the life skills they need – like confidence, responsibility, independence and compassion. It is a serious problem now that will lead to a severe leadership void in the years to come – impacting communities across America, and nearly every industry and sector.”

Youth Ambassador Program

Ambassadors are select representatives of the La Crosse County 4-H program.  Their mission is to promote La Crosse County 4-H while developing leadership skills.  Ambassadors primary duties include:

  • Assisting at festivals by presenting awards, ushering, and emceeing
  • Working at the county fair
  • Talking with community groups about 4-H
  • Visiting clubs to promote upcoming events
  • Visiting schools to recruit members
  • Participating in parades
  • Completing TV and/or Radio spots

What are the qualifications 

Ambassadors must currently be a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school. The time commitment involved is one year. Ambassadors should have a desire to be a leader, be knowledgeable about 4-H and want to promote it. Most importantly, youth ambassadors should be willing to learn (and have fun)!

4-H Members in grades 9-11 are welcome to apply to be a 2018-2019 Youth Ambassador in August 2018. Next term will start in September!


WI 4-H Foundation

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin students pursuing higher education in 2018. To be considered, applications must be received via email by Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. For details, eligibility, and application, visit the WI 4-H Foundation Scholarship web page.

State Fair Dairy Promotion Board

The Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board is offering $1,000 scholarships to students that will be 1st, 3rd, or 4th year college students in 2018. Students studying in a 2-year program are also encouraged to apply. All applications are due electronically no later than Friday, March 23rd, 2018. For details, eligibility, and application visit the State Fair Dairy Promo Board Scholarship web page.

4-H Leaders Association

The 4-H Leaders Association will award up to 5 scholarships for 4-H members who have been enrolled for 5 years in the program and are enrolling in a university, college, or technical school. Completed applications must be typed and are due the UW-Extension office (212 6th St. N Suite 2200, La Crosse) by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018. Email and faxed copies cannot be accepted. To review details, eligibility, and the application, click on 2018 Leaders Board Scholarship.

Agricultural Society

The La Crosse County Agricultural Society will award 2 scholarships of varying amounts to La Crosse County youth to help with continuing education. Completed applications are due via mail by Sunday, April 1st, 2018. For details, eligibility, and application, click on 2018 Ag Society Scholarship.


The Western Wisconsin Beef Producers will award $300 scholarships to graduating high school senior attending or planning to attend a college, vocational school, technical school, agriculture short course, or any other institution of higher learning. Applications are due via mail by April 1st, 2018. For details, eligibility, and application, click on 2018 Western Wisconsin Beef Producers Scholarship.