Who Are "Older Youth"?

Older Youth are not just Camp Counselors or Junior Fair Board members!

Older Youth are current 4-H members in grades 8-12. These youth are invited to take part or apply to county, state, and/or national opportunities only available to members in these age groups. Members currently in 8th grade are only eligible to apply for Food and Fashion Board and Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) pending trip availability.

Meeting dates for 2023 will be announced on our Facebook page and on this page. Teens interested in the many available options are not required to attend these meetings; however, we highly encourage attendance so staff have an opportunity to get to know you. By participating in these meetings, you’ll receive ways to enhance your leadership skills; new activities to share with your club; information of local and state events and opportunities; the opportunity to meet other teens; and have fun!

Our advisors look forward to meeting you and are excited for this “new” level of county 4-H programming. Mark your calendars with all the important dates!

2023 Older Youth Applications - Applications were due November 4. Applicants are required to schedule an appointment through SignUp Genius (go.osu.edu/2023olderyouthinterview). Youth only interested in Food and Fashion Board, Leadership Camp, Citizen Washington Focus, or Leadership Washington Focus do not need an interview. If you have not scheduled your interview, do immediately!


The JL Club is open to all 4-H members who are in 9th grade and higher! No need to interview, you simply register! Members do not take projects throught the JL Club; it is a separate entity from the community clubs. Meetings/activities are held about once a month. Primary focuses of JL's are to engage in socialization, community service, and career exploration.

A few activities the JL's participated in 2022 included: Ohio 4-H Conference and Plowboy Prom, setting up an Easter egg hunt for Cloverbuds, a tour of Colentz Chocolates, and a fun day spent at Tall Timbers among others. Next up is our annual Older Youth wiener roast which will take pace on Saturday, October 22 at the Kendle Home at 6:30 p.m. Those who are interested in joining are welcome to attend! New officers will be elected at the November meeting and the new officer team will plan the meetings/outings for 2023.

Junior Leaders is a club that ALL teens currently in 9th grade and above are able to join.

  • No interviews, just a registration!
  • This is a club you join in addition to your current 4-H club.
  • You do not complete a project through this club; projects are taken in your regular 4-H club.
  • The vision and mission of Junior Leaders will be determined by you, the club members.
  • Meetings/activities will be held once a month.
  • Keep in mind this is a club that will teach leadership skills (such as career development), provide community service opportunities, socialization, and FUN!

Junior Leaders Club Newsletter


Save the Date! Teen Leadership Retreat 2023

The Teen Leadership Retreat will be held January 6-7, 2023, at Camp Zimmerman in Gnadenhutten. More details TBA.


More Opportunities and Programming

Click the links below for infomation on specific Older Youth opportunities and programming.