Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Applications Now Available

What is the Teen Leadership Council?

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

What are the TLC Roles?

Individuals can apply to serve in a variety of roles depending on their commitment preference.

  • Council Members – Most tasks will be general to all of TLC.  Members will be learning the ropes of the state program and will serve an integral role supporting statewide events.
  • Committee Members – Will serve on one of seven committees.  Tasks will be laid out by committee chair and other committee members.  Members will be responsible for completing committee work by set deadlines.
  • Committee Chairs – Must oversee all committee work done by their members.  Will serve as the connection between officers and committee work and updates to officer team and/or advisors
  • Officers – Tasks include planning and running meetings and serve as a “youth voice” for statewide programming.  Officers will also carry out specific officer duties as assigned.
  • Jr. Advisors – Responsible for overseeing an entire program or event.  Must work closely with Advisors on projects or assignments, and oversee the Region Representative program.

TLC Opportunities

  • State Fair Events – Ohio 4-H TLC Members help with numerous events at the Ohio State Fair.
  • TLC Reaches Out – Members of the council are given the materials and resources to teach the TLC Reaches Out Curriculum throughout the state.  Lessons included in this curriculum include: Learning to Learn, Presenting the Best Even Better, Older Youth Opportunities, Putting the Pizazz in Public Speaking, Service Learning, Parliamentary Procedure Basics, and Team Building.
  • Additional Committees – Opportunity to plan Session and Teen Luncheon at the Ohio 4-H Conference as well as the 4-H Promotional Booth at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Region Representatives – Ohio 4-H TLC Members can apply to become Regional Representatives.  These Representatives travel across their region to talk to County 4-H programs and clubs about topics from the TLC Reaches Out curriculum.
  • National 4-H Conference – At the National 4-H Conference, participants work in Roundtables where they give government agencies their prospective on issues.  Outside of Roundtables, the conference also hosts a variety of workshops, sessions, and activities with delegates from across the country.
  • 4-H Foundation Board – Members are eligible to apply to be a Youth Representative on the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board.  These representatives help The Ohio 4-H Foundation Board review proposals and distribute endowment interests to help better 4-H Youth Development in Ohio.

How to Apply

To apply to become a member of the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council:

  • Visit go.osu.edu/TLC
  • Below the description of TLC, review the information specifically for the coming year
  • Click on the link where information and the application process are described for each type of involvement
  • Submit application, supporting documents, and application fee by deadline which is August 12, 2022.
  • After submitting application, all applicants will be contacted by a TLC advisor to schedule an interview
  • Notice will be sent following the interviews held in August, and TLC term begins in September

Following these simple steps will allow you to experience a whole new side of 4-H and continue your 4-H journey.

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