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Make the best better! Leadership is building relationships, being a good role model, and helping others. Leaders build relationships, serve as a good role model, and help others. Leaders influence and support others in a positive manner for a shared goal. Leaders aren't just elected. Learning about yourself and how you work with others is a key part of developing leadership skills.

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Project Levels

Leadership 1

In level 1, learn about the seven skill areas: understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, learning, making decisions, managing, and working in groups.

Leadership 2

In level 2, develop a positive self image, use technology to communicate, explore different ways of learning, practice making good decisions, and manage your resources.

Leadership 3 

In level 3, explore leadership styles, work with local media to showcase your club activities, and investigate community resources.

Resources to help you learn

  • Leadership Skills You Never Outgrow 1
  • Leadership Skills You Never Outgrow 2
  • Leadership Skills You Never Outgrow 3
  • What's Leadership

    This CD contains activities designed to teach the basics of leadership in a group setting for ages 8–12, 13–18, and 8–18. The activities help youth identify and develop skills in seven areas of leadership.

    • learn to appreciate themselves
    • improve communication skills
    • learn how to get along with others
    • experience the benefits of learning
    • learn good decision making
    • learn how to manage time, money, and talents
    • learn to effectively work with groups
  • Step Up to Leadership: Leadership Mentor Guide for Grades K–5
  • Step Up to Leadership 2: My Leadership Workbook
  • Step Up to Leadership 3: My Leadership Journal
  • Step Up to Leaderhsip 4: My Leadership Portfolio

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Each county may submit 3 entries total from 50249, 50250, 50251, 50252; 2 entries from 50254; 1 entry from 50255.

Leadership 1: (SF 50249)

Create a binder portfolio with a minimum of four (4) completed activities each year from the areas noted below. Build upon your previous year’s work. Photocopies or original pages of the completed activities from the book should be included in the portfolio.

  • First Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Understanding Self; Communication; and Getting Along with Others, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Second Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; and Making Decisions, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Third Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Making Decisions; Managing; and Working with Groups, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.

Leadership 2: (SF 50250)

Building upon your previous work, continue adding to your binder portfolio with a minimum of four (4) completed activities each year from the areas noted below. Photocopies or original pages of the completed activities from the book should be included in the portfolio.

  • First Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Understanding Self; Communication; and Getting Along with Others, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Second Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; and Making Decisions, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Third Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Making Decisions; Managing; and Working with Groups, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.

Leadership 3: (SF 50251)

Building upon your previous work, continue adding to your binder portfolio with a minimum of four (4) completed activities each year from the areas noted below. Photocopies or original pages of the completed activities from the book should be included in the portfolio.

  • First Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Understanding Self; Communication; and Getting Along with Others, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Second Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; and Making Decisions, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Third Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Making Decisions; Managing; and Working with Groups, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.

Leadership Innovation Class: (SF 50252)

Open to youth enrolled in Leadership 1, 2, or 3. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through the Leadership project. Your exhibit should not fit in the other exhibit options for this project.  The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. Your exhibit should not fit in the other exhibit options for this project. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period.

Leadership Ready4Life Challenge: (SF 50255)

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Leadership project. Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.

Leadership Maker (SF 50400)

Counties may submit 3 entries TOTAL combined from all Maker exhibit divisions.

Exhibits in this category are designed to be multi-disciplinary in nature, innovative, and must not fit into any other exhibit category. To qualify for this category, your project MUST abide by the following guidelines:

  • Exhibits must be an object or device that has an intended purpose and uses technology in either a mechanical way, digital (computer) way, or combination of the two.
  • The device must be something that can be used in everyday life by multiple people (a target audience), and MUST be manufactured/built by the exhibitor (If not fully manufactured by the exhibitor, the device MUST be modified structurally or be reprogramed to perform a different function other than what it was designed to do
  • Exhibit MUST be able to interact with the outside world. (e.g. an on off switch, input sensors, feedback, etc.)
  • Exhibits MUST include a detailed build log with instructions on how to make or build the exhibit, AND contain either a 3D rendering or detailed and labeled sketches of the device/product.
  • All parts and software used in the design/build MUST be listed in a detailed Bill of Materials including cost per item and total cost. Total time spent on the build must be documented in your build log.

In addition, exhibitors are HIGHLY encouraged to use tools such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, routers and/or other hand/power tools to help in the manufacturing process (NOTE: Simply 3-D printing or laser cutting an object without the other specifications does not qualify as a Maker Project). It is also HIGHLY encouraged that exhibits use Open Source Software and/or Hardware in the build.

Leadership Group Exhibit: (SF 50254)

Open to clubs and groups whose members are enrolled in any Leadership project. Exhibit a display illustrating how your group has used the Teens As Leaders model effectively in your club, community, school, or state. Leadership activities might include planning, advising, promoting, mentoring, teaching or advocating for change. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. The display must be accompanied by 3 or more 4-H members at the time of the judge’s critique. Club members should make a 5- to 10-minute presentation to the judge. All club members present for the judge's critique should be able to discuss the project and answer questions. Only club members present for judging who participate in the actual critique and presentation are eligible for ribbons and premiums. Due to space limitations, exhibits are limited to 2’6” wide and 15” deep.