Developing leadership skills is a major part of 4-H.  The Kentucky 4-H Fashion Leadership Board gives teens who are into fashion an opportunity to put leadership skills into action while providing a youth voice to the direction of the 4-H Apparel and Textiles program at the state level. The board is made up of up to 16 Kentucky teens.  Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts:  mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity.  This experience fosters mastery by learning advanced fashion skills and about careers in the industry, belonging by learning to work as a team to accomplish goals, independence by developing leadership skills and putting those into action, and generosity by teaching other members what they have learned.

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  • Applicants must be in grades 8-11 at the time of application (by May 1) so that they are in grades 9-12 during their year of service
  • Applicants must be residents of Kentucky.  
  • Be working on a personal project in sewing, needlework, body image, fashion forward, or textile science.
  • Committed to accepting responsibility and following through on tasks
  • Have previous experience in leadership
  • Must attend and participate in all board meetings, Summit, FCS Day at the Kentucky State Fair, and Teen Conference. (See application for list of dates.)
  • Participate in board member interviews during Teen Conference.
  • 4-H'ers are responsible for their own expenses and travel arrangements to and from the board meetings and activities.
  • If a meeting or activity is missed, a written letter of explanation MUST be submitted to the director. Missing three meetings/events can result in being removed from the board.
  • Contact your county extension office for information regarding the deadlines and fees (link). 


Application Procedure

  • Form 1 - Informational Letter to applicant - coming soon!
  • Form 2 - Cover Sheet for Application - coming soon!
  • Form 3 - Application - coming soon!
  • Form 4 - 4-H Personal Information Enrollment Form
  • Deadline to apply: May 1.  
  • Discuss this opportunity with your family and your county Extension agent for 4-H yd.
  • Three letters of recommendation:  As you work on the application, go ahead and request letters of recommendation as outlined on the application form. a) a letter from your parent/guardian, b) a letter from your 4-H agent, and c) a letter from another adult such as your 4-H club leader, your teacher or employer (if you have a job), or an advisor of another youth organization in which you are actively involved. Ask them to include in the letter why you would make an effective fashion board member. You'll need to explain to them what your responsibilities will be if you are selected to serve on the board.  Instruct those whom you ask to write a letter on your behalf, to mail the letter directly to or to her office: 245 Scovell Hall, Lexington, KY 40546-0064.  
  • Check your calendar to make sure that you can attend every board function.
  • Check your application for accuracy, spelling, and grammar.
  • Ask your 4-H agent to sign your completed application form. Submit the form along with all attachments to your 4-H agent by the county deadline. Include your application, your essay, and your photograph.
  • Those selected for interviews will be interviewed by phone prior to or in person during Teen Conference in June.
  • Up to half of the board may apply for a second one-year term.


Additional Information

Expected Involvement of Board Members:
    • Serve a one-year term, beginning with selection at Teen Conference through the next Teen Conference.
    • Attend all regular board meetings (held in conjunction with the November and February State Teen Council meetings).
    • Maintain an up-to-date email address, read and promptly respond to all FLB communications by email, Facebook or mail.
    • Plan and teach a workshop for middle school youth at 4-H Teen Summit (March, one session only)
    • Participate in advanced educational opportunities during board meetings.
    • Promote participation in the fashion/sewing/needlework/body image projects among other youth within his/her county.
    • Continue to work on a personal fashion-related project.
    • Plan the State Fashion Revue and fulfill a significant role during the Fashion Revue.  Exhibiting in the Fashion Revue is encouraged but not required. (attendance at Teen Conference is required)
    • Participate in Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Day at the Kentucky State Fair (second Saturday of the fair in August)
      • Enter an exhibit or the sewing skill-a-thon
      • Mannequin model
      • Do a demo or show project work from a table in Cloverville
      • Be part of a Cloverville fashion event
    • Optional: Participate in a fashion field trip during the summer
    • Evaluate the FLB experience.

The family of the board member must provide transportation and pay registration fees for meetings and scheduled events. Youth considering this opportunity should discuss this with their parent(s) or guardian. (Extension agents are NOT responsible for your transportation.) Since attendance and following through on commitments is important, youth are to check their calendar to be sure that they can attend ALL required meetings/functions before submitting an application. If a required event is not attended, the board member must attend the next required function or they will no longer be considered a board member.


Volunteer Opportunities

PDF iconAdult Mentor for Kentucky 4-H Fashion Leadership Board

Volunteer Position Description for FCS projects

  • County 4-H Fashion Club Leader
  • County 4-H Sewing Club Leader

State Contact:  Marjorie Baker | | 859-257-7772