New youth trustee to provide youth voice to board
Livingston County 4-H’er Grace Schmidt was elected to the Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees in April.
Michigan 4-H Foundation trustees are volunteers who serve as community advocates for 4-H and lead and manage the operation of the Michigan 4-H Foundation. Three positions on the board are reserved for trustees between the ages of 16 and 22. These youth trustees, all 4-H members, provide a youth voice to the board and help it to keep to the 4-H mission.
In her youth trustee role, Schmidt will serve as a liaison between the Michigan 4-H Foundation and the Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council (SYLC). SYLC members serve as representatives of the Michigan 4-H program, promoting 4-H through state and local activities, and can provide a youth voice and perspective on the development of 4-H programs and curricula. SYLC members are also provided an opportunity to represent Michigan at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. Schmidt is halfway through her term on the 4-H State Youth Leadership Council (SYLC) and serves as the metropolitan regional leader.
Schmidt has been a member of Livingston County’s Barnyard Bunch 4-H Club for the past 13 years. She is active in the poultry, goat, rabbit and leadership project areas. Schmidt has served on the Livingston County 4-H Council and on the Small Animal Committee in both membership and officer roles. She won the Michigan World Food Prize in 2018 and was the first to represent Michigan at the Global World Food Prize in the collegiate category. Schmidt currently attends Washtenaw Community College and plans to transfer to MSU to pursue a degree in animal science.