Lauren Zeug, who is a member of the Golden Gophers 4-H Club in Redwood County, is one of 28 outstanding Minnesota 4-H youth who have been selected as Minnesota 4-H state ambassadors for 2017-18.

Elected through a meticulous selection process by 4-H adults and youth, this year’s group of state ambassadors will serve as spokespeople for the youth development organization, representing more than 65,000 of their peers throughout Minnesota.

The Minnesota 4-H state ambassador program began in 1968, and more than 1,000 youth have participated since its founding.

Throughout the year, ambassador responsibilities include:

• Educating youth and adults about the importance of youth development, leadership, citizenship, service, teamwork and other life skills.

• Teaching and facilitating hands-on workshops and trainings at local, county, regional and state levels.

• Appearing at various events, including the Minnesota State Fair, where they serve as good will volunteers, greeting thousands of visitors to the 4-H building and helping 4-H youth throughout their stay as fair exhibitors.

• Planning and implementing various local, regional and statewide 4-H leadership events, such as the annual 4-H Building Leadership and Under-standing and 4-H Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out Loud! youth leadership conferences.

The ambassadors will begin the year with a three-day orientation at the University of Minnesota to learn about roles and responsibilities, media/public communications, leadership core skills, program priority areas and identify some of their personal strengths as a leader.

Zeug is the daughter of Brenda and Paul Zeug and lives in Morgan. She is in her senior year at Cedar Mountain High School where she is an active member of FFA, plays, cross country, track, STARS program, Yellow Ribbon program, band and National Honor Society. She is equally involved in her community including 4-H, volunteering within her church, serving as a Westside Center volunteer, playing piano at nursing facilities, and she is a leader in her 4-H Club and the Red-wood County ambassador program.

Zeug has been a 4-Her for 11 years where her leadership abilities first came to the community’s attention.

To learn more, contact Stacy Johnson, Redwood County 4-H program coordinator, at skjohnso@umn.edu or (507) 637-4025