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The Answers to: WHY? WHAT FOR? & HOW?. Character COUnts. Trustworthiness Responsibility Respect Fairness Caring Citizenship. Why? . Responsible Record Keeping To see where you’ve been, so you can decide where you’re going Gives you a place to start with projects

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The answers to why what for how

The Answers to:





Character counts
Character COUnts

  • Trustworthiness

  • Responsibility

  • Respect

  • Fairness

  • Caring

  • Citizenship


  • Responsible Record Keeping

    • To see where you’ve been, so you can decide where you’re going

  • Gives you a place to start with projects

  • Compare beginning to end

What for
What For?

  • Gives accurate record of what you’ve learned

  • Head start on how to keep records!

    • Scholarships

    • Resumes

    • Job Applications

  • FUN to see how far you’ve come over the years!


  • Carefully!

  • Section 1 & Section 6, 7– Year to Year

  • Sections 2-5 - Ongoing!


Options for doing a portfolio
Optionsfor doing a portfolio

  • Downloadable documents from State Website

  • Poster

  • PowerPoint

    Make sure you have all the sections represented in the format you choose!

My 4-H Project!

Section 1 project record
Section 1 – Project record

  • Print 1 for each project each year

  • Goals should be SMART:

    • Specific

      • What exactly are you going to do?

    • Measurable

      • How do you know you’ve achieved it?

    • Actionable/Attainable

      • Do you have control over the outcome?

    • Realistic

      • Is it reasonable to accomplish?

    • Time Bound

      • When do you want to do it by?

Goal examples
GOAL Examples

“I want to win showmanship” vs.

“I want to learn the cuts of my animal so I can better answer questions during the showmanship competition.”

“I want to go to State Fair.” vs.

“I want to learn many stitching techniques to be able to sew an apron for the Fabric & Fashion Contest to earn a ribbon to qualify for State Fair.

Section 1 size scope
Section 1 - Size & Scope

  • What was your Income?

    • What did you bring in or start with?

      • Sale Price

      • Value of previously owned equipment

  • What were your expenses?

    • What did you have to pay for?

      • Cost of Project item (steer, pottery, fabric, notions, frosting, etc…)

      • Feed

      • Supplies

      • Fuel

      • Participation Fees (contest fees, enrollment fees, etc…)

Section 1 market summary livestock projects
Section 1 - Market Summary (livestock projects)

  • Shows you the value of your animal outside of 4-H – TRUE Market Value (MV) if you had taken it to the local auction.

  • Things to think about:

    • If you sold at a non-4-H auction on a different day would the MV be different?

    • Do 4-H animals receive more value than “home-grown” ranch animals? Why or why not?

    • Did you show gratitude to your buyer for purchasing your animal above market value?

      • What is a proper Thank You?

Section 1 knowledge skills acquired
Section 1 - Knowledge & Skills Acquired

  • What did you learn?

  • If you set SMART goals before you started your project this should be easy!

    • Think about…

      • What you did to achieve your goals

      • What skills someone may have taught you

      • Where you got the information you needed to succeed

Section 1 summary
Section 1 - SUMMARY

  • How did your project do at each level of competition?

    • What ribbons or placings did you receive for that project?

Section 2 awards recognition
Section 2 – Awards & Recognition

  • Ongoing – Add to it each year!

  • What have you accomplished in your 4-H career?

Section 3 leadership
Section 3 - Leadership

  • On-Going – Add to it each year!

Section 4 community service
Section 4 – Community Service

  • On-Going – Add to it each year!

Section 5 participation non 4 h activities
Section 5 – Participation & Non 4-H Activities

  • On Going – Add to it each year!

4-H Activities

Non 4-H Activities

Section 6 story
Section 6 - Story

  • Introduce yourself

  • Highlight all your 4-H projects and activities, not just the Fair.

  • Explain how 4-H helped you become a better leader and citizen

  • Describe how 4-H participation made you feel

  • Tell about your future plans in 4-H and beyond!

Section 7 photographs news clippings
Section 7 – Photographs & News Clippings

  • Do:

    • Use Action Shots – you working with your animal, in the middle of creating your project

    • Add captions! Tell us what’s happening!

    • Look in the newspaper for pictures of you!

  • Don’t:

    • Use only pictures from Fair

    • Use only posed shots

    • Treat these 2 pages like a scrapbook

Portfolio judging
Portfolio Judging

  • Portfolios should be completed by September 30

  • Judging completed by October at club level, November in County 4-H Office

  • Portfolios are used to attain Silver and Gold Achievement points for the Wyoming 4-H Honors club membership.

Parting thoughts
Parting Thoughts

  • Powerpoints & Posters –

    • Not as valuable when you are competing for State 4-H scholarships – they will want a paper copy of the cumulative portfolio

    • Acceptable at the county level or within clubs

  • Start Early!

  • Review often and update the ongoing sections

  • Use the Story to tell us about your overall 4-H experience not just your Fair experience.

  • It’s YOUR record above all else. Make sure you document what you might forget and need to know later!