Conservation Matters May 2018

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Texas 4-H Water Ambassador program open for high schoolers interested in water

By Claire Corley

Texas 4-H Water Ambassador program open for high schoolers interested in water

Texas 4-H is about so much more than just raising animals. Kids ages 5-18 can participate in all aspects of the club including food science, healthy living, robotics, fashion, photography and more.

Starting in 2017, Texas 4-H introduced a new program, the Texas 4-H Water Ambassador Program, for high school students interested in water research. The Ambassador Program, also known as 4-H2O, allows students to dive deeper into the water industry and go beyond what they learn in the classroom.

David Smith, 4-H2O program coordinator, said the program is unique because it gives high school students the opportunity to learn about water law, policy, planning and emerging technologies.

“Water ambassadors come to appreciate the complexity of managing this vital resource as well as the many career opportunities that exist in the water industry,” Smith said.

Through this program, students also build strong leadership skills by teaching others about water-related issues. The ambassadors serve as an advocate for water in their communities, delivering presentations in schools and local 4-H clubs and for local water management authorities.

Students interested in becoming a 4-H Water Ambassadors must be entering 9th, 10th or 11th grade. While students do not have to be currently involved in a local 4-H club to apply, if selected, students must join a local club.

The 2018 application deadline for the Texas 4-H Water Ambassador Program is May 20. To apply, visit the program's website or download the application.

The 4-H Water Ambassador Program is privately funded through sponsorships. For more information, email David Smith at davidsmith@tamu.edu.

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