Associations & Committees
Berrien County 4-H has a variety of associations and committees to guide the county program and certain project areas or events. Participation is highly encouraged and many offer great leadership opportunities for youth!
The Berrien County 4-H Leaders Association, Inc is the association that helps to oversee activities for the county 4-H program. The association is made up of all 4-H Leader, Volunteers, and Teen Leaders throughout the county program. All clubs are encouraged to send a representative each year to the Leaders Association's Annual meeting. This once a year meeting is a great opportunity to have a voice in shaping our county program.
The Berrien County 4-H Leaders Council operates as the executive board for the Berrien County 4-H Leaders Association, Inc. Leader's Council members are elected by 4-H leaders, volunteers and teen leaders for a three year or two term. The Berrien County 4-H Leaders Council serves as a counsel to the 4-H Program Coordinator for 4-H Youth Development and the Berrien County MSUE staff.
The council meets the fourth Monday of each month throughout the year. Meets are held at the MSU Extension Office on Hillandale Road in Benton Harbor. In addition to the monthly meetings, Council members chair various committees that provide events through Berrien County 4-H that includes: 4-H Spring Achievement, Recognition, Holiday Bash, Countywide projects and 4-H Connection activities.
The Berrien County 4-H Horse Leaders Association provides educational opportunities for youth involved in the hose & pony project. The committee is made up of 4-H Leaders and Teen Leaders in the project area. HLA coordinates events through Berrien County such as the Tack Swap, 4-H Open Fun Show, 4-H Versatility Scholarship Event and 4-H Clinics. Meets are the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Berrien County Youth Memorial Building in Berrien Springs, MI. 4-H Horse and Pony project clubs throughout the county are encouraged to attend and are recommended to send at least one representative to each meeting.
Berrien County 4-H Foundation, Inc.
The Berrien County 4-H Foundation is a non-profit corporation created to provide additional income to finance 4-H youth programs and special activities throughout Berrien County. The Foundation assets are overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors which represents a cross section of people with diverse backgrounds and expertise. If you would like more information on the Berrien County 4-H Foundation, Inc. please contact the Berrien County MSU Extension Office at 269-927-5674.