4-H Ambassadors Program
The Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Ambassadors Program provides leadership and service to the 4-H Program. 4-H Ambassadors are the voice of Mississippi youth. By participating in this specialized train-the-trainer program, teens will be prepared to serve as teen trainers.
The goal of the 4-H Ambassadors Program is to enhance the leadership, citizenship, and communication skills of teen leaders. 4-H Ambassadors have opportunities to assist with programs in the state, serve as role models, and provide training that will strengthen their life skills and promote individual growth. The objectives are to
- make 4-H more visible in the county and across the state of Mississippi,
- maintain and build relationships with 4-H alumni and supporters,
- increase membership in the statewide 4-H program, and
- promote individual growth within members.
Keys to the Community
The purpose of this program is to help young people understand how their county government operates, what their county government is trying to accomplish, how the actions of government affect their everyday life, and what their personal responsibility is to local government.
The objectives are to
- develop an understanding of county government services,
- develop an understanding of the role of county government officials, and
- motivate young people to become involved with and informed about local government.
Garden enthusiasts of all ages are welcome Oct. 21 to Fall Garden Day at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mississippi State University facility.
Fifty-seven Mississippi 4-H’ers received the highest honor given to youth civilians by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
The Aug. 6 Congressional Award ceremony marks the 25th anniversary of the partnership between the Congressional Award Program and the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program.
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Dates have been set for the fall 2023 slate of Master Gardener courses.
Registration for the asynchronous online trainings will be open from August 14 to September 11. The trainings will be available from October 3 to December 4. Once registration opens, it can be accessed at http://msuext.ms/mg.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Six years ago, John Malanchak combined his love of science, passion for teaching and a call to serve others into a project he named Dominic’s Garden. The project, which serves people with disabilities in the Jackson metro area, was recognized in June with an award at the International Master Gardener Conference in Overland Park, Kansas.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Teens can learn how to become active role models for healthy lifestyle change in their communities at an April 22 summit at the Mill Conference Center in Starkville.
The Promoting Healthy Living Through Community Connections Summit, wihch is open to 14- to 18-year-olds from northern Mississippi, will offer interactive educational sessions on nutrition, mental health awareness, community and civic engagement, and health promotion, wellness and physical activity.
Paul Cavanaugh became a Master Gardener when he came off the road as a truck driver and his wife encouraged him to find a hobby.
Ray Henderson’s love for the outdoors began in his youth with learning by doing in 4-H Forestry. He won the State 4-H Congress competition, went to nationals, and placed fifth. After he aged out of the youth development program, he pursued a career with the U.S. Forest Service, and he volunteered in the 1990s as a coach for a few 4-H Forestry teams in Wayne and Greene Counties.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently relaunched its Nurturing Homes Initiative. The program’s mission is to improve the quality of the early educational experiences provided in family childcare homes through mentoring, improving the learning environment, and delivering research-based information.
The Pearl River County 4-H Junior Master Gardeners have made some special additions to Poplarville City Park. A new pollinator garden planted in raised beds features a wildflower area, a native plant area, and an herb area.