Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Texas 4-H Water Ambassador

Spots still remaining for inaugural class of Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors! Deadline for applying is Monday May 15.

The Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors Program provides high school age 4-H members and youth an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and practice leadership skills related to the science, technology, engineering, and management of water in Texas. Through an application process,  high-school age youth (32) are selected to participate in an advanced level of education and training via a summer 4-H2O Youth Leadership Academy experience, continuing education opportunities, and mentor-ship by individuals in the water industry and in academia. In return, Water Ambassadors are required to complete a minimal level of service credit over the next 12 months, which may include delivering water education at local 4-H clubs, schools, fairs, and community events.

Who is eligible to apply? Youth entering 9th, 10th, and 11th grades for the 2017-2018 school year.

How many youth will be selected? 32 youth will be selected for the first class of Water Ambassadors.

What is the summer 4-H2O Youth Leadership Academy? The Leadership Academy will include a tour of Texas, allowing youth to experience its vast diversity of water supplies and demands, sensitive ecosystems, water quality concerns, as well as the applied research and technologies employed to conserve this valued resource. Ambassadors will gain insight into water law, policy, planning, and management as they interact with representatives from state water agencies, educators, policy-makers, and water resource managers. Youth will form an appreciation for and broadened perspective of the importance of water to support the quality of life and economic needs of rural and urban communities alike. Pick-up and drop off will be in Austin. Tentative dates for the Academy are July 8 – July 15.

How do I apply? On-line applications are now being accepted. An information brochure, application instructions, and link to the on-line application portal is available at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/water/.

Is there a registration fee? There is no cost to apply. However, if selected, the program registration fee is $250.

What is the deadline to apply? The application deadline is May 15.

Have questions? Call (979) 862-1989 or email davidsmith@tamu.edu for more information.

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