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National 4-H Conference

Extended deadline date for one additional youth delegate to attend National 4-H Conference

The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults, at the invitation of the US 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 at

Who can attend?

To be eligible as a Delegate, a youth must:

Selection of Minnesota delegates

A 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

Additional timeline for selected delegates:

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.


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, check out the National 4-H website.

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