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4-H CAREER PORTFOLIO NE4H9000 What is the 4-H Career Portfolio It is a record of a 4-H member’s 4-H career.

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What is the 4-H Career Portfolio

  • It is a record of a 4-H member’s 4-H career.

  • It includes a listing of a 4-H member’s personal growth and leadership experiences related to the knowledge learned, skills gained and community service/volunteer activities experienced through 4-H.


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Uses of the Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio:

  • Developing Award Applications

  • Documenting 4-H Experiences

  • Recording Development of Life Skills

  • Applying for National 4-H Youth Congress

  • Applying for National 4-H Conference

  • Completing Scholarship Applications

  • Applying for College Entrance

  • Building Resumes

  • Applying for Jobs


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Grandfather Clause

  • By January 1, 2008, all 4-H youth must be using the Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio.


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Eight Curriculum Areas

  • Animal Science

  • Communication & Expressive Arts

  • Consumer & Family Science

  • Environmental Education & Earth Sciences

  • Healthy Lifestyles Education

  • Leadership & Citizenship

  • Plant Science

  • Science & Technology


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Number of Entries Sent to State Competition

Counties may send:

  • 7 Animal Science

  • 4 Communication & Expressive Arts

  • 5 Consumer & Family Science

  • 4 Environmental Education & Earth Sciences

  • 5 Healthy Lifestyles

  • 6 Leadership & Citizenship

  • 4 Plant Science

  • 4 Science & Technology


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Number Selected forNational 4-H Youth Congress

  • At State Level, 15 applicants will be chosen for partial scholarships to attend National 4-H Youth Congress.

  • Alternates may attend National 4-H Youth Congress at their own expense.

  • A 4-H participant may attend National 4-H Congress one time during their 4-H career.


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National 4-H Youth Congress

  • National 4-H Congress provides recognition to 4-H youth for their outstanding performances and achievements in 4-H.

  • The late November event provides youth high quality, relevant, educational and cross cultural experiences not otherwise obtainable within the state.

  • A 4-H participant may attend National 4-H Congress one time during their 4-H career.


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Selection & Eligibility: continued

  • 4-H participants can:

    • only represent Nebraska in one curriculum area.

    • Must complete two years of a 4-H project to be eligible to apply.

    • Must be enrolled in a related project at the time of the application and remain enrolled through the time of the award event or program.


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Selection & Eligibility: continued

  • All state award applicants must:

    • become 15-19 during the calendar year in which the incentive is actually received.

    • For competition beyond the county level a 4-H member may apply in two curriculum areas regardless of place of residence.


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4-H Career Portfolio (NE4H9000)

  • The 4-H Career Portfolio has been designed to be compatible with Word & Open Office Software. 4-H members can download Open Office Software from http://openoffice.org free of charge, or from the CD available at the local County Extension Office.


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4-H Career Portfolio (NE4H9000)continued

  • Detailed instructions for each form & section can be found on the tab dividers or 4-H Career Portfolio CD available at the local County Extension Office.

  • Instructions are also available for viewing via the Nebraska State 4-H Website: www.4h.unl.edu.


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4-H Career Portfolio (NE4H9000)continued

  • The 4-H Career Portfolio must be typed in True Type Font, Times New Roman, 12 point font with 1” margins on all sides.

  • The 4-H Career Portfolio must be placed in an Acco-type fastener (a stiff 8 ½ x 11 inch binder). Do not use a loose-leaf ring binder.


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4-H Career Portfolio (NE4H9000)continued

  • Portfolio must be printed in landscape format.

  • It is recommended to use the pre-printed tab dividers available from your County Extension Office.


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Section 1: Project Accomplishments

  • In this section, you will identify the project(s) you are taking.

  • List what was done and/or what you accomplished and what you learned through each project.

  • Any experience related to the projects you are taking such as workshop, judging contest, presentations, speeches, camps specific to the curriculum areas should be located in Section 2.


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Section 2: 4-H Leadership, Community Service, Volunteer, Citizenship Educational Experiences

  • In this section list each 4-H activity in the appropriate curriculum area.

  • Activities can include but are not limited to camps, contests, workshops, county events, educational experiences, service projects, elected offices, committees, judging, presentations, speeches, etc.

  • You do not have to be enrolled in a project that corresponds to the curriculum area.

  • It is okay if you don’t have information for all sections.

  • It is important to show a progression of learning activities and leadership responsibility as they grow year to year.

  • See example in Section 2A.


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Section 3: Non 4-H Experiences Citizenship Educational Experiences

Directions:

  • In this section, list your most meaningful participation in school, church and community organizations other than 4-H; include leadership roles and honors received.

  • Do not include any items that pertain to 4-H in this section.

  • Note: In this section, members should show a progression of learning activities and leadership responsibility as they grow year to year.


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4-H Curriculum Story Citizenship Educational Experiences

  • Part 1: Introduction

  • Part 2: Describe Your Growth in Your Curriculum Area – in the area you are applying for an award

  • Part 3: Other 4-H Projects and Experiences

  • Part 4: Leadership/Community Service related to the Curriculum Area in which you are competing

  • Part 5: Conclusion – summary of the impact of 4-H on you


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Support Materials Citizenship Educational Experiences

  • No more than 4 pages of photos

  • Up to 2 additional pages of supporting materials other than photos

  • A maximum of 6 pages

  • All materials must fit within the confines of an 11” X 8 1/2” landscaped page


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Photo Pages Citizenship Educational Experiences

  • No more than 4 pages of photos

  • Include a brief caption explaining the picture

  • Make sure to select photos that compliment the curriculum area

  • “Action” photos provide more impressive documentation of 4-H activities

  • Photos showing year-to-year progress or leadership activities provide excellent documentation of growth

  • Color photocopies and/or digital photos are acceptable

  • Photocopies of newspaper print pictures are not acceptable

  • Do not overlap photos where one photo must be lifted to see another


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Supporting Materials Pages Citizenship Educational Experiences

  • Up to 2 additional pages of supporting materials other than photos

  • Material should relate specifically to 4-H curriculum area

  • Items must fit on 11” X 8 1/2” landscaped page

  • Do not include letters of recommendation

  • Do not use newspaper clippings or newspaper articles

  • Photography projects can not include extra photo pages

  • Do not include specific project record books


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Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio Scorecard Citizenship Educational Experiences

  • 35% Project Accomplishments

  • 35% 4-H Leadership, Community Service, Volunteer, Citizenship & Educational Experiences

  • 5% Non 4-H Experiences

  • 15% 4-H Career Story

  • 5% 4-H Support Material

  • 5% General


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4-H Career Portfolio Citizenship Educational ExperiencesGrandfather Clause

  • By January 1, 2008, all 4-H youth must be using the Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio.


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ANY Citizenship Educational Experiences

QUESTIONS?


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