Nevis teen is named 4-H state ambassador
By Anna Erickson
Spencer Stack is representing Hubbard County 4-H as a state ambassador.
He is among 26 4-H members across the state of Minnesota chosen in June to provide leadership and service to the program. They serve all 4-H youth and act as spokespeople for 4-H youth development programs.
Stack, 17, is a junior at Nevis High School and a member of the Stony Lake Beavers 4-H club.
After filling out an application and interviewing in the Bemidji 4-H office, he was selected to be an ambassador.
“We host leadership and skill building events and work with others throughout the state,” he said.
Two of those events are the BLU training (Building Leadership and Understanding) and YELLO! Conference (Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out Loud!).
BLU is an exciting and fun leadership adventure. At this training, more than 400 4-H members come together to learn and practice leadership skills that they can bring back to their communities.
YELLO! is an annual statewide, four-day leadership conference with group discussions, workshops, service opportunities, challenging speakers and hands-on activities designed for youth.
Ambassadors are also heavily involved in 4-H activities at the Minnesota State Fair.
“It’s a lot of public speaking, skill building and team work,” Stack said of being an ambassador.
Ambassadors also work to fulfill county requests for leadership trainings, award ceremonies, retreats and promotions of 4-H to other organizations. A considerable amount of time and energy goes into spreading the word about 4-H and its positive impact on youth, according to the 4-H website.
Each of the 26 ambassadors has different skill strengths and were chosen on those abilities and how well they will work together, he said.
“My strengths are problem solving, listening to other opinions and choosing the best ideas and I’m pretty good at public speaking,” Stack said.
He has been involved in 4-H for 11 years and shows beef and sheep at the fair.
A goal if Stack’s is to develop a local ambassador program in Hubbard County. He is working with 4-H leadership to make this happen.
Stack will have a chance to run for a second term as state ambassador. Five ambassadors will be selected to serve a second year.
He has nothing but praises for 4-H and encourages all youth to become involved.
“4-H is a great program,” he said. “It’s always a great experience and you can make some great friends along the way.”
He emphasized that 4-H is not just livestock.
“There’s a ton of things to do. Aerospace, electronics, computers, photography,” he said.