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

    Apply to be a member! Applications for 2020-2021 are available now and are due August 14, 2020. 

    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. 

    All materials must be submitted on August 14, 2020 (application, two references, signatures, and program fee)

    TLC Application: word | pdf

    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 due April 1, 2020.  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 Hannah EpleyKayla Oberstadt, Sarah Longo or Frances Nicol


    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

    TLC Curriculum

    Reaches Out Curriculum

    Information Card

    Five 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!

    2019 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!

    2019 Achievement Form Workshop Options: flyer

    • An informational session was held September 14. A zoom recording is available.  If you would like to receive the link to this recording, please contact Sarah Longo at longo.79@osu.edu.
    • Additonally, a one on one coaching session was held November 24.

    We look forward to seeing you next fall at the 2020 Achievement Form Workshop!

    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