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National 4-H Conference

The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults, at the invitation of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development programs nationally and in their communities. Check out the National 4-H Conference website for more conference details.

Watch this video synopsis of the National 4-H Conference experience.

View and/or print this National 4-H Conference brochure.

Important dates

What are the qualifications for youth applicants?

To be eligible as a delegate, a youth must:

Selection of Minnesota delegates

A committee of Extension educators and a program coordinators will select youth to attend. Consideration for selection is based on contents included in delegate nomination/recommendation forms and interview (as outlined under "Steps to application process" below). 4-H program staff are encouraged to seek qualified youth candidates for nomination.

How much does it cost?

Cost for a selected Minnesota delegate is $990. 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.

Cost should not be a barrier to participation. In addition to potential support from your local 4-H program, selected delegates may be eligible for additional scholarship support from the state 4-H office. Contact Jacquie at for more information. 

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, learn about National 4-H headquarters and USDA, study social issues identified by federal agencies and report group findings and solutions back to the federal agency, bring back an action plan to be carried out through "Taking it Home" community action plan process.

Is there an expectation upon returning home?

  1. Delegates may be asked to share their experience with stakeholders and/or funders.
  2. Delegates will be asked to work either individually or together to design and carry out an action plan to address an identified community issue. Delegates will be asked to share with peers in their home county "lessons learned and new ideas" and recruit others to carry out this identified "Taking it Home" community action plan.

Registration and expectation dates

Nov. 10, 2016

Postmark date for delegate nomination/recommendation forms.

Dec. 5 or 6, 2016

Tentative dates for phone or skype interviews with selected applicants.

Dec. 21, 2016

Letters sent to all 2017 National 4-H Conference Minnesota applicants.

Additional timeline for selected delegates:

Jan. 27, 2017

$990 fee due for each selected Minnesota delegate.

Feb. 3, 2017

Refund of fees request deadline.

March 24 - 30, 2017

Travel and conference dates.

April - December, 2017

Complete and carry out "Taking it Home" Community Action Plan. Participate in evaluation.

Steps to application process

  1. 4-H staff must recommend and submit recommendation form for 4-H staff to Diane Lambrecht/Judith A. Conway with deadline date postmarked no later than Nov. 10, 2016. Qualifications for eligibility are listed above. Please send form directly to Extension staff identified; do not give to youth applicant.
  2. Youth delegate will take responsibility to identify and deliver recommendation form for non-relative adult to the adult reference of your 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. 10, 2016. Please send form directly to Extension staff identified; do not give to youth applicant.
  3. Youth nominated will fill out the 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. 10, 2016. Youth are responsible to make sure that all steps are completed in the application process. Youth should contact their county 4-H program coordinator to see if there are additional county requirements.
  4. 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 the day of either Dec. 5 or 6. Conference call or skype interview will consist of:
    • Interview questions
    • One-minute marketing speech on knowledge of the 4-H Youth Development program (with emphasis on telling someone unfamiliar with 4-H about the 4-H Youth Development program)
    • One-minute comments identifying a community issue and a possible community action plan that would address the issue

Youth delegates are asked to consider what skills are necessary to accomplish a successful phone or skype interview.

Please send all completed materials to:

Diane Lambrecht/Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota Extension
4100 220th Street West, Suite 100
Farmington, MN  55024
Phone: 1-651-480-7703


Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Youth Development
4100 220th Street West, Suite 100
Farmington, MN  55024

For more information, visit the National 4-H Website.
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