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The South Dakota 4-H Youth Council strives to develop the minds of youth by increasing and promoting leadership activities through 4-H. Youth Council provides teens an opportunity to take their leadership skills to the next step through a broad range of activities that include the following: assisting to plan and implement the annual Teen Leadership Conference, facilitate a statewide 4-H community service project, and promote and educate others about 4-H across the state. Membership is open to individuals who are enrolled in 4-H, enthusiastic about 4-H, and who’s values mirror that of the organizations. The individual must be between the ages of 15 and 18 as of January 1st of the current year. Are you interested in joining youth council? Check back in the spring of each year for an updated South Dakota 4-H Youth Council application.

2018 Teen Leadership Conference 'Fear Factor' Logo

Teen Leadership Conference
Fear Factor: Face Everything and Rise

June 4–8, 2018, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Teen Leadership Conference is an annual conference in June hosted by 4-H Youth Council in collaboration with South Dakota 4-H and SDSU Extension at the main campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, South Dakota. This conference is open to any teens regardless of their involvement with 4-H. Teens have an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, while exploring the beautiful SDSU campus.

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4-H Youth Council Member Features






Statewide 4-H Community Service Projects

Each year the 4-H Youth Council plans and implements a statewide community service project that each county, club, or family can take part in. The intent of the community service project is to identify a statewide need and help to fulfill that need throughout the communities in South Dakota.

2017-18: Blanket Buddies

Blanket Buddies is the 2017-18 4-H Youth Council Service Project

2016-17: Head-to-Toe Clothing Drive

2015-16: Make-A-Wish

2014-15: Ronald McDonald House Pop Tabs

4-H Youth Donates 1,250 Pounds of Pop Tabs

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