Agricultural Leadership Ambassador program for teens starts March 7

ORONO – The Agricultural Leadership Ambassador program for teens, offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H, will take place March 7–April 18.
The program is free to attend and open to anyone age 14 to 18 – membership in 4-H is not necessary to take part.
The program will meet from 3:30–5 p.m. online Tuesday March 7–April 18, with an in-person celebratory luncheon in Orono on Thursday, April 20.
The program will focus on understanding the Maine food system, exploring careers and building advocacy skills. As formal agricultural programs at local high schools disappear, students lack opportunities to learn about critical food systems and discover careers in agriculture. The 4-H Agriculture Leadership Ambassador program seeks to provide teenagers with opportunities to consider a future in agriculture and connect with others who have similar goals.
Participants in the program will gain leadership experiences, explore career pathways and investigate current issues around food systems including climate, social justice, food equity, livestock, crop sciences and aquaculture.
The program includes online learning and will conclude with an in-person visit to the University of Maine campus in Orono April 20.
To register, or for more information, visit extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/ag-leadership. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Sadee Mehuren; 207-342-5971 or extension.4hagleadership@maine.edu.