Apply for the 2023-2025 State Youth Leadership Council
Applications to serve on the 2023-2025 Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council are open now until July 15, 2023 at https://events.anr.msu.edu/sylc2325
Each application should be accompanied by two references (submitted at the same site).
What is SYLC
Established in 2015, the Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council (SYLC) is a statewide leadership opportunity for 4-H youth. SYLC members serve as representatives of the Michigan 4-H program, promoting 4-H through state and local activities, and can provide youth voice and perspective on the development of 4-H programs and curricula.
Who is eligible?
Any 4-H participant, age 15-19 by January 1, 2024, can apply for a council position. They must be currently enrolled in a 4-H program, in good standing in their local 4-H club or unit, and have completed at least the previous year of 4-H work. Youth are selected for the council by application and interview with a state committee of MSU Extension staff.
How long is a term on SYLC?
SYLC members serve a two-year term, beginning September 1, 2023 and ending August 31, 2025. After the successful completion of a two-year term, SYLC members are eligible to apply to serve as a peer advisor for incoming council members.
When/where do they meet?
The council meets monthly through Zoom online video conferencing and holds at least two in-person meetings in conjunction with other state 4-H events: one in the fall at the start of their term, and the other at 4-H Exploration Days (MSU campus, June).
Why would youth be interested in SYLC?
SYLC members receive training on public speaking, advocacy, communication and leadership skills. SYLC is Michigan’s highest youth leadership opportunity and is a goal that older youth can aspire toward. SYLC members get to broaden their network and expand their knowledge of 4-H programs beyond their counties.
How do youth apply?
Interested youth should complete the electronic application open soon until July 15, 2023. Applicants must also select two unrelated adults to complete a reference on their behalf. Selected applicants will be contacted by SYLC advisors to arrange a time for an interview following the closing date.
How does SYLC benefit Michigan 4-H?
Michigan 4-H believes that youth should be participants, rather than recipients in the learning process. Staff teach volunteers about strengthening youth voice and youth-adult partnerships at the club and county level. SYLC provides an outlet for youth voice at the state level. As staff plan new programs, design promotional tools or create curriculum geared at high-school age groups, contact the SYLC advisors and ask to get on an upcoming SYLC agenda.