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January 16, 2019

Bill Cordes Is the Speaker for the 2019 Kansas 4-H Ambassador Training

Submitted by Deryl E Waldren

Bill Cordes from Lawrence is the 2019 Kansas 4-H Ambassador training keynote speaker. Since 1988, Bill Cordes has keynoted programs for conferences, conventions, schools and universities nationwide. He has authored and co-authored 6 books for teens and college students. In his programs, Bill combines humor, energy, enthusiasm and wisdom to create an engaging experience that promotes "better ways to live our days". Bill is a former, teacher, coach, and television talk show host.

The 2019 Kansas 4-H Ambassador Training will be February 22-23 at the Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City. It is open to all county/district 4-H ambassadors, interested teens, ambassador advisors and Extension staff. The ambassador training is open to any 4-H member in the 8th – 12th grades. Local Extension offices may not be able to provide chaperones and/or transportation to this training. Check with your local Extension office before registering.

The theme is “4-H Ambassadors Go Wild with Leadership.” There will be six youth workshops, three adult workshops, two speakers, with lots of fun and fellowship. Workshops to be offered include:
• True Colors, 1st Year Only - Learn about the four color personalities of green, blue, gold and orange. Discover your primary color and what it means.
• Wild about Leadership, 1st Year Only – Knowing your leadership style will help you learn about collaborating for self, others and your community.
• Elephant Communications, 1st Year Only – Learn basic communication skills that you need to know to be an effective county/district ambassador.
• Navigating the Jungle of First Impressions, 2nd year and Up – Learn how to make your first impression count with others as you apply for and interview for positions, awards and jobs.
• Day Camp Craziness, 2nd Year and Up – Learn about and experience new hands-on and fun ideas, activities, etc., to do with kids in a variety of 4-H day camps. These are all new ideas and activities in 2019. Handouts provided.
• Advanced True Colors, 2nd Year and Up – Learn how to make your primary color complement better within your team’s color palette.
• Advisors’ Workshop: Tips for a Great Program and Round Table– County/District advisors will get tips on how to effectively work with Ambassador teams, along with a round table discussion.
• Advisors’: Making Quality Video Clips for 4-H, in a 2-part workshop – Learn how to make video clips to target market your 4-H program.

Full details are posted on the Kansas 4-H web site, http://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/conferences-events/ambassador-training/index.html. Registration is currently open. Visit: http://www.kansas4-h.org/events/index.html. Cost is $115, and covers all educational sessions, speakers, breakfast, lunch, breaks, and one night’s lodging at Rock Springs 4-H Center. Registration will close on Sunday, February 10, 11:59 p.m. For cancellations from the time of registration through February 10th, there will be a $25 fee assessed. Beginning on February 11th, there are no refunds, and the full cost of the conference will be due. The Kansas 4-H Ambassador Action Team accepts members (teens, volunteers and Extension staff) year-round. For more information, please call Deryl Waldren at 785-462-6281, or e-mail him at dwaldren@ksu.edu.