Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
Junior leadership is intended to assist our young people to grow into adults who can adequately and satisfactorily care for themselves and their families, who are competent and willing to share and assume civic responsibilities. To be more specific, junior leadership has been developed in the 4-H club program to help young people meet their growing needs and make a major contribution to the effectiveness of the entire 4-H program. Junior leadership is intended to give the older, more experienced, more mature 4-H club members experience in leadership work. As they are provided opportunities for personal development, they are also helping other club members help themselves. Thus, younger members benefit. It gives the opportunity to have more members participate in club activities and do better project work. It provides help for the adult leaders by making junior leaders available to fill some of their duties. The junior leader injects the youth viewpoint into the club program and may generate club enthusiasm. Thus it serves as one tool to hold the club member. The importance of junior leaders is largely determined by the interest of leaders and the boys and girls.
Service, Agricultural Extension, "Junior Leadership: To the 4-H Adult Leader" (1960). SDSU Extension Circulars. 620.