Aspen Stover, 4-H Youth Council President: Pushing the envelope Back »

Name: Aspen Stover

Age/Grade: 17, Senior (12th grade)

Years in 4-H: 10 years

Do you hold an officer position on youth council? If yes, what position?: Yes, President

How many years have you been on youth council?: 3 years

Why did you decide to join youth council?

I decided to join youth council because I saw it as an amazing opportunity to meet some wonderful people who I could learn from, grow with, and turn to as if they were my second family. In addition, when I went to my first Teen Leadership Conference almost five years ago, a former youth council member had a huge impact on my experience. I wanted to continue the positive influence youth council has on teens and 4-H’ers across the state.

What is something you are looking forward to with youth council this year?

This year, I am looking forward to seeing what this year’s council and officer team will do to make it their own. We have a unique group of people that I believe have the potential to break tradition and really push the envelope as to what youth council is and what it could be. I hope at the end of the year we look back and think, “We did exactly what we set out to do”.

What is your favorite 4-H project area? Why?

My favorite 4-H project is Foods and Nutrition. I absolutely love to bake, so it really does encompass my passion. Foods and Nutrition is not only a hobby, but it also betters me as a person by pushing me to step out of my comfort zone to try a new recipe. It also helps to improve my problem solving skills when my muffins do not come out quite as I would like them to. Foods and Nutrition is an area that has challenged me throughout my years in 4-H and will continue to do so even when my time as a 4-H’er is up.

Why should 4-H members join youth council?

Despite the countless laughs, unforgettable late nights, and traditional Perkins lunch dates, I believe 4-H members should join youth council because it is a great way to get involved with 4-H at a state level. We contribute to the State Fair and promote 4-H all year long and by doing so, we are a great tool to help 4-H evolve into an honest organization people of all ages want to join. If you enjoy leading and think you would be a great representative of 4-H, please apply for a youth council position this coming May! Also, check out our Teen Leadership Conference we host every June at SDSU in Brookings, SD!

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