National 4-H Conference
Extended deadline date for one additional youth delegate to attend National 4-H Conference
- Required recommendation forms and application needed with postmark date of Jan. 2, 2014
- All other National 4-H Conference logistics remain the same
- Apr. 5-10, 2014 - National 4-H Conference Center, Washington, D.C. (possible flight date of Apr. 4)
- Extended deadline of Jan. 2, 2014 - Previous deadline date Nov. 19, 2013 - (see application process below)
Who can attend?
To be eligible as a Delegate, a youth must:
- Be 15 years old by Jan. 1, 2014 and cannot be older than 19 by Mar. 31, 2014; and must be at least a sophomore in high school. (Note: Please note that the age eligibility will possibly change for 2015 to not include age 19 and/or senior in high school.)
- Have experience and leadership involvement in local, county, regional, and/or state developmental committees, advisory groups, councils, etc.
- Be concerned about issues and involved in deciding to solve the problems and move forward with solutions.
- Have flexibility to meet changing situations and have growth potential and a curiosity about situations, people, and events.
- Demonstrate strong interpersonal and speaking skills.
- Commit to pre-conference expectation: Selected Minnesota delegates: 1) three conference calls; 2) study and reporting knowledge of Minnesota 4-H program via e-mail; 3) one webinar; 4) study of pre-materials from National 4-H Conference staff.
- Commit to post-conference expectation: Following the Conference share what learned to 4-H stakeholders at the local and/or state level.
- Highly consider post-conference opportunity: Consider being part of a citizenship pilot program back in your county to share and deliver to your peers "lessons learned and new ideas" on developing and delivering an action plan. Work with a trained adult to bring to reality.
Selection of Minnesota delegatesA committee of Extension educators and program coordinators will select up to four youth to attend. Consideration for selection is based on contents included in delegate nomination/ recommendation forms and interview (as outlined under steps process below). 4-H program staff are encouraged to seek qualified youth candidates for nomination.
How much does it cost?
Minnesota cost for selected delegate is $995. (This is an increase in cost due to National increase in cost.) Nominees are encouraged to seek financial support for the registration fee from their local 4-H Council/Federation and other local community organizations. County 4-H Federations/Leaders Councils are encouraged to help defray some of the cost if their 4-H member is appointed to attend this National Conference. The National 4-H Conference is supported in part by the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.
What will we do at the conference?Attendees have the opportunity to share ideas, meet 4-H members from across the nation, bring back new ideas and skills, share personal stories with members of Congress, and learn about National 4-H headquarters and USDA.
Is there an expectation upon returning home?Delegates may be asked to share their experience with stakeholders and/or funders. Delegates will be asked to highly consider being part of a citizenship pilot program back in your county or state to share and deliver to your peers "lessons learned and new ideas" on developing and delivering an action plan.
Registration process timeline
- Nov. 19: Postmark date for delegate nomination/recommendation forms (as indicated in "steps to application process" below)
- Dec. 3 or 4: Tentative - Selected candidate's phone interview
- Dec. 20: Letters sent to all 2014 National Conference Minnesota candidates.
Additional timeline for selected delegates:
- Jan. 28, 2014: $995 fee due for each selected Minnesota delegate (Including scholarship monies.)
- Feb. 3, 2014: Refund of fees request deadline
- Feb. - Apr.: Selected Minnesota delegates: 1) three conference calls; 2) study and reporting knowledge of Minnesota 4-H program via e-mail; 3) one webinar; 4) study of pre-materials from National 4-H Conference staff.
Steps to application process
(Staff) 4-H Staff must recommend and submit delegate nomination/recommendation form to Diane Lambrecht/Judith A. Conway with deadline date postmarked no later than Nov. 19, 2013. Qualifications for eligibility are listed above.
(Another Adult) Youth delegate will take responsibility to identify and deliver adult nomination/recommendation form to adult reference of choice (other than relative) as noted in recommendation form. Youth delegate will also follow-up to make sure postmark dates are met. Adult recommendation on delegate nomination/recommendation form is due to Diane Lambrecht/Judith A. Conway with deadline date postmarked no later than Nov. 19, 2013.
(Youth) Youth nominated will fill out delegate nomination/recommendation form and answer questions about themselves from their perspective. Nomination/recommendation form is due to Diane Lambrecht/Judith A. Conway with deadline date postmarked no later than Nov. 19, 2013.
(Youth) A 15-minute conference call phone interview will be held by the selection committee with the top 10 applicants. Phone interviews will take place tentatively during day of either Dec. 3 or 4. Nominee applicant will be asked to do a 30-45 second marketing speech on knowledge of the 4-H youth development program (with emphasis placed on telling someone about the 4-H youth development program that does not have knowledge of the program.) Youth delegates are asked to consider what skills are necessary to accomplish a successful phone interview.
- Delegate nomination/recommendation form (767K DOC) PDF version
- Non-relative adult recommendation form (345K DOC)
- Staff recommendation form (344K DOC)
Please send all completed materials to:
Diane Lambrecht/Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota Extension
4100 220th Street West, Suite 100
Farmington, MN 55024
Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Youth Development
4100 220th Street West, Suite 100
Farmington, MN 55024
For more information, check out the National 4-H website.