Teen Leadership Council

Teen Leadership Council 

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction. 

    Current Teen Leadership Council Members l Ohio Map of Representation

    Applications for 2021-2022 are available now and due August 13, 2021! 

    doc | pdf

    Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 of the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer positions.  Junior Advisor applicants must be 18-20 years old (as of January 1) when they apply. 


    • Complete the application (found above) and attach the required items. 
    • Attach two (2) reference forms including one from an unrelated county Extension/4-H professional, and a second from another unrelated adult such as a 4-H club advisor, coach, minister, teacher, employer, or other adult who has worked with you.
    • Obtain the signatures requested at the bottom of the form, including the parent/guardian signature and that of the county 4-H professional.
    • Payment, which can be made online via credit card. First year applicants need to pay $50 at go.osu.edu/TLC50, and subsequent year applicants need to pay $15 at go.osu.edu/TLC15. (Funds go toward attire for the council members, nametags, service and other projects, etc.) If individuals are not selected for this role, applicants will be refunded.
    • Send all the items listed above via email to Sarah Longo, longo.79@osu.edu. Applications may also be mailed to 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Attn: Sarah Longo, Columbus, OH 43210. Application materials must be received (NOT POSTMARKED) by August 13, 2021 for the applicant to receive full consideration.

    Informational Pamphlet

    Do you need a Teen Leadership Council member to assist as 4-H youth spokespersons, emcees, speakers, program facilitators, hosts or hostesses, or in other 4-H youth leadership roles for your statewide program or event?  Please complete this request form: 

    Request Form Online Submission (Preferred)                  Also available as:  word | pdf

    (Requests are assigned subject to Teen Leadership Council member’s availability.  State Fair requests are tentatively due April 1, 2021 (this may change as we receive more information about teen involvement during summer programming.  It is recommended that all other requests be sent at least six weeks prior to the program/event/activity.)

    If you would like to schedule a TLC member to appear at your 4-H event, or to learn more about the TLC, please contact Kayla Oberstadt, Sarah Longo or Frances Foos

    TLC Curriculum

    Reaches Out Curriculum

    Information Card

    Seven different lesson plans have been developed to educate teens throughout the state.  TLC members have been educated and are equipped to teach them in the counties!  Please contact a TLC member or the state 4-H office to have a member teach your next program!  You may also use them on your own, but if you do use them, please notify us so we can document impacts!

      The Clover Communication Newsletter is now the TLC Insider!

      (Created by the Communications Committee)

      TLC Insider Editions:

      December 2019

      November 2019

      June 2019

      April 2019

      March 2019

      February 2019

      December 2018

      November 2018

      June 2018

      April 2018

      March 2018

      February 2018

      January 2018

      Clover Communication Editions:

      July 2017

      June 2017

      May 2017

      April 2017

      March 2017

      February 2017

      2020 Achievement Form Workshops 


      Learn about opportunities that can arise from successful achievement form completion, improve record keeping skills,
      and enhance forms to make them even stronger! We hope you walk away with confidence and tools to help you put your best foot forward!

      2020 Achievement Form Workshop Options: Informational Flyer

      • An informational session was held Wednesday, October 7, 2020. If you would like request a recording of this session, please contact Sarah Longo at longo.79@osu.edu.
      • Additonally, a coaching session was held November 14, 2020.

      A Brief History of TLC:

      Two become One

      In the past, there were two primary ways for teens to become involved at the state level with Ohio 4-H:  State 4-H Ambassadors and the Teen Advisory Council (TAC).  Based upon feedback from county 4-H professionals and teens, these two groups were merged to form the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) in September 1, 2016.

      Why was there a merge?:

      • There was confusion with county 4-H professionals and in turn older youth on the difference between TAC and Ambassadors.
      • There was confusion among the older youth who are members as to what their role is.
      • Both groups were doing similar programs:
        • Community service
        • Fundraising
        • Programs at meetings (Public speaking, Real Colors, First Impressions, etc.)
        • Requests from various outside groups for similar services needed (e.g. Legislative Luncheon)
        • Teen Luncheon
        • 4-H Conference Overnight
        • Holiday Party   
      • The majority of the funds used to support these programs are earmarked for “teen” programs (there is not differentiation).
      • Most states have one statewide council/board… why did Ohio have 2 separate entities