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  1. Making the Best Better: State & National 4-H Recognition Opportunities Cayla Taylor Campus 4-H Youth Program Specialist Extension 4-H Youth Building, ISU Ames, IA  50011-3630 p: 515-294-1877 f: 515-294-4443 cayla@iastate.edu

  2. Overview: State Recognition Opportunities State/National Citizenship and Leadership Award and Application Deadlines Application Process Effective applications and interviews How to encourage state involvement

  3. State Recognition Opportunities State 4-H Project Awards State 4-H Council National 4-H Congress National 4-H Conferece

  4. Project Awards • Show depth of project learning experiences • Able to articulate high degree of project knowledge • Shares this knowledge with others • Citizenship & leadership in this project area • Interview and application

  5. Project Awards • 50 monetary awards given annually • Beef, leadership, woodworking, etc. • No more than 2 project areas per year • Can win only one state project award per year • Can win a project area one time only

  6. Citizenship and Leadership Opportunities State 4-H Council National 4-H Congress National 4-H Conference

  7. Iowa 4-H State Council • Grades 10-11 at time of application • Chosen by application and interview • Attend 3-4 times retreats/year • Plan State 4-H Youth Conference • Make friendships for a lifetime!

  8. Iowa 4-H State Council • Serve as ambassadors from state office to counties • Promote 4-H locally • Represent 4-H at the Iowa State Fair

  9. National 4-H Congress • Atlanta, Georgia • Bus trip from Iowa • Application and interview required for selection • Iowa 4-H’ers meet other 4-H’ers from across the U.S.

  10. National 4-H Congress • Educational sessions on team building, leadership development and cultural awareness. • Recreational, social, and cultural activities are a big part of the program. • Congress-wide service project, tour, and banquet

  11. National Conference • Washington, D.C. • Professional and leadership development • Delegates meet and work with 4-H’ers from across the U.S.

  12. National Conference • Discuss issues relevant to youth and 4-H programming at the national, state and local level • Delegates meet with legislators on Capitol Hill to discuss impact of 4-H programming in Iowa.

  13. Statewide 4-H Opportunities Iowa State Fair State Science and Technology Fair Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Animal Science Round-Up CSI Crops

  14. Iowa State Fair • Iowa State Fair features • 4,000 exhibits • 1,000 livestock entries • Daily hands-on activities • Develop leadership and citizenship skills • Have fun and meet new people • Volunteering in 4-H Building or Livestock Shows

  15. Iowa State Fair • Opportunities include • Exhibit Assistant • Communication Coordinator • Data entry • Livestock show assistant • Participate in: • Cook this! • Awardrobe Clothing Event • Robotics Challenge • Film Festival

  16. State Science and Technology Fair • Available to all Iowa youth (grades 6-12) • 400 youth research projects are presented by 500+ students • Participate in workshops and are eligible for $80,000+ in scholarships and prizes • No qualifier fair required for participation

  17. Iowa 4-H Youth Conference • June 24-26, 2014 • Bring 1,000 teens to Iowa State University Campus • Youth in grades 8-12 • Activities include: • Speakers • Workshops • Mixers • Dances • Banquet • Community Service • Coordinated by State 4-H Council

  18. Animal Science Round-Up & CSI Crops • June 24-26, 2014 • Held in conjunction with State 4-H Youth Conference • Animal science & agronomy faculty provide workshops • Making sausages • Exploring rumens • Balancing feed rations • Crop activities include: • Scouting for plant pests • Lab work investigating and identifying crop pests

  19. Statewide 4-H Opportunities Horse, Dairy and Livestock Contests 4-H Camera Corps Shooting Sports

  20. Horse, Dairy, Livestock Contests • Livestock judging, communication and production through judging contests and dairy /horse quiz bowls. • Decision-making and communication skills • County participation required to advance to state • Top 4-H teams represent Iowa at national contests

  21. Camera Corps • Expand photography skills • Work independently to identify local photo opportunities • Participate in educational workshops • Have photos considered for selection in future publications and exhibitions

  22. Shooting Sports • Learn safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment • Learn decision-making, self-discipline, environmental stewardship, and ethical behavior • Training and competitions held statewide that feature • Archery • Rifle • Shotgun • Muzzleloader • Wildlife Skills

  23. Applications and information posted on website • Application due February 1, 2014 • Scholarships due February 1, 2014 • Recognition Day is March 29, 2014 • Applicants notified of the results soon after recognition day occurs Award Application Deadlines

  24. Applicants interview for awards on March 29, 2014 • Panel of 3 interviewers • 10 minute interview • Iowa State University Campus • Applicants notified of the results soon after recognition day occurs Award Application Process

  25. Organized to highlight achievements and involvement • There is no right way to completing the application • Demonstrate participants’ personality, experiences and skills • Pictures are often used, but not required • Written materials may include resume, story, pictures, clippings, selected record forms, etc. • 4 page application—2 pages questions and 2 pages support material Support Material

  26. Share information about the opportunities Encourage youth to apply Proofread materials Practice interviews-hold workshop Follow-up and ask about the experience Go through their evaluations with them so it’s a learning process Ask youth to share recognition opportunities with others and help promote in the future How You can Help

  27. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/recognition-opportunitieshttp://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/recognition-opportunities Recognition website

  28. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/recognition-opportunitieshttp://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/recognition-opportunities Recognition website

  29. What is done in your county or region to encourage participation in state recognition and leadership opportunities. What challenges do you face in getting youth to apply for state recognition opportunities? How can we provide further support? State 4-H Recognition Day Encouraging Youth Involvement

  30. Cayla Taylor Campus 4-H Youth Program Specialist Extension 4-H Youth Building, ISU Ames, IA  50011-3630 p: 515-294-1877 f: 515-294-4443 cayla@iastate.edu Questions??