Terry and Yoakum County 4-H Water Ambassadors Allison Hogue and Macy Downs presented Southern Ogallala Conservation Outreach Program Director Michelle Cooper with a plaque honoring her for her dedication to the program. The other Water Ambassador from Terry County Kylee Jackson was unable to attend.
Michelle has been very active as the Education Coordinator for the three county area since taking the job. You will often see Michelle at local events with the Education Trailer encouraging everyone to protect this vital natural resource. Michelle enjoys working with the youth involved in the 4-H Water Ambassador program.
The Texas 4-H Water Ambassador program is four years old now and application time is coming up. Application time opens on April 1, so if you have a high school student who is interested in being a part of this great program, let Michelle know. Former Water Ambassador Riley Calk from Denver City is now working for the program while attending Texas A&M University.
Through an application process, each spring up to (30) youth are selected from across Texas to
serve as 4-H Water Ambassadors. Those chosen participate in a Tier I 4-H2O Leadership Academy
– a multi-day tour of Texas aimed at exposing youth to a wide diversity of water issues. Following
the Academy, youth commit to a minimum of (40) hours of water related education and service in
their communities. Those who complete their service commitment may continue their role as 4-H
Water Ambassador in successive years until they graduate high school and are no longer ageeligible
to serve. Year 2 (Tier II), year 3 (Tier III) and year 4 (Tier IV) 4-H Water Ambassadors
participate in 4-H2O Leadership Academies which focus on a different region of Texas, and
continue their education commitment throughout their remaining terms of service.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEALINES
- April 1, 2021—Applications open
- May 15, 2021—Applications close
- June 1, 2021—Applicants notified of acceptance status
- July 1, 2021–$250 participation fee due
- Tier I 4-H2O Leadership Academy (July—Dates TBD)
HOW TO APPLY:
If you are interested in this program and live in either Terry, Yoakum or Gaines County, all your fees and travel expenses are covered by their local groundwater district. Michelle also helps with education hours and other required service opportunities. The only thing the student and family will be responsible for is the $20 enrollment fee in the Texas 4-H program, if they are not already a member.
Michelle stated, “It’s a wonderful program with lots of opportunity to meet kiddos from across the state and network with many career professionals involved in the world of water!”
This past year, even in a challenging year such as 2020 was,
- In 2020, we added a (34) new Tier I 4-H Water Ambassadors for a current total of (66) youth with representation in (44) counties.
- Tier I, II and III 4-H2O Leadership Academies were held last summer and included water and leadership training.
- Multiple continuing education virtual seminars were held throughout the year.
- A fall retreat was held at the Texas 4-H Conference Center.
- Since the program began in summer 2017, water ambassadors have reported more than 5,200 hours of education and service in their communities valued at approximately $141,000 and have reached more than 75,000 youth and adults across the state.
- 4-H Water Ambassadors Program Advisory meetings were held in May and December.
Plans are now underway for year 4 of the program and a new cohort of water ambassadors.
You or your business can also be a program sponsor. Information on that opportunity is given below.
Contact Michelle Cooper at 637-7467 for more information.