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McCaskill said the Ambassador Program is a statewide effort to train 4-H members within a competition system and leadership program. "We do things from the bottom up," she said. "So, you have your county-level programs, then regional programs and then state-level programs. The Ambassador Program is a step-up from the county and regional level." McCaskill said ambassadors like Moore and Matthews train once a year in August. "Any who have regional or county-level training are able to participate in this training to become 4-H ambassadors," she said. "I feel like the ambassador program's purpose is to prepare our 4-H members for bigger roles within the state organization. "Just like FFA has the state officer program, we have the same thing in 4-H. Every year at Congress, we vote new teen council members. Hopefully, all of the kids who are council have gone through the ambassador program." Overall, the day-long ambassador training teaches the students to education others about 4-H. "We call it an 'elevator speech,'" McCaskill said. "If you were on an elevator with someone for five minutes, how are you going to tell them about 4-H?" Ambassadors, aside from serving as team leaders for different state programs, work booths at the South Carolina State Fair, participate in state-level competitions and, most importantly, talk with prospective student members. "It's making more impact when the information comes from another youth, rather than from me or another adult," McCaskill said. "It works better coming from the kids who have already been through it." For more information, call Clarendon County Clemson Extension at (803) 435-8429, or visit this link.