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July 2020

This summer program is designed for youth who are interested in becoming leaders in 4-H.

The iLeadership Institute is a 4-day, 3-night program on the campus of Virginia State University that is designed to foster leadership skills in Middle School aged children. The highly acclaimed program features interactive activities that:

  • Expose youth to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math) subjects

  • Strengthen team-building and networking skills

  • Introduce them to distinguished speakers

  • Teach them table etiquette

  • Helps them develop personal action plans

  • Teaches them basic marketing skills

  • Allows them to experience what it’s like to live on a college campus

  • And more.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH 4-H NOT REQUIRED. By participating in this summer program, youth will automatically be enrolled into the Virginia 4-H program free of charge. Additionally, the iLeadership Institute will enhance the ability of new, current and future 4-H youth to serve in local, district, state and national 4-H leadership roles. You must be 11-13 during the current 4-H year (October 1 through September 30), may attend the iLeadership Institute as Delegates.

Current 4-H members, who are ages 16-18 with Teen Mentor training and leadership experience, may register to participate as Teen Counselors.



  • Delegates (ages 11-13) - $300.00

  • Delegates Day Pass (ages 11-13) - $100.00

  • Teen Mentors (ages 16-18)- $50

  • Volunteers/4-H Agents - $25

Required Forms:

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the 4-H Program office at jbrown@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5964 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Maurice Smith at mdsmith@vsu.edu or Jessica Harris at jbrown@vsu.edu / (804) 524-5964.

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