University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


Welcome to Kentucky 4-H Leadership Project.  Kentucky 4-H is proud of our strong history of developing qualified leaders.  Our projects and programs take youth through activities and processes that teach the life skills that are necessary to becoming strong leaders.  Whether you already consider yourself a leader or would like to develop your skills further, involvement in a Kentucky 4-H program will help you.

Contact your county 4-H agent for more information on the opportunities available.

Why is Leadership Development Important?

  • Youth who participate in leadership development opportunities are exposed to a variety of opportunities for personal development.  Leadership activities help youth:
    • Develop confidence in their leadership potential and their own sense of identity.
    • Improve their self-esteem.
    • Enhance their communication skill is sharing, reflecting and discussion.
    • Understand the importance of diversity and improves their ability to relate to others.
    • Learn effective decision making methods and experience problem-solving situations.
    • Learn group social skills. 

(Unlock Your Leadership Potential:  A Leadership Project Guide, University of Florida, IFAS Extension,  October 2009)

  • Leadership education builds several important assets in Kentucky youth and provides critical elements of youth development (Search Institute, 2004; Pittman, Irby & Ferber, 2001).  The fewer assets young people have, the more likely they are to engage in negative behaviors (Benson, 1997; Eccles & Gootman, 2002).  The more assets that are provided to youth, the more likely they are to exhibit positive behaviors.   Strong leadership and decision making skills are essential assets in helping shape a 4-H member into a responsible adult (Jones, n.d.)

Core Curricula

  • Step Up to Leadership Series (5 books)
  • Unlock Your Potential
  • Teambuilding with Teens