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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.

View a video of this experience.

View and/or print the brochure on the National 4-H Conference

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 coordinator 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 "Application process steps" 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 $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.

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?

Registration and expectation dates

Nov. 18, 2014

Postmark date for delegate nomination/recommendation forms.

Dec. 4 or 5, 2014

Tentative - Selected applicant's phone or skype interview.

Dec. 20, 2014

Letters sent to all 2015 National 4-H Conference Minnesota applicants.

Additional timeline for selected delegates:

Jan. 28, 2015

$990 fee due for each selected Minnesota delegate.

Feb. 3, 2015

Refund of fees request deadline.

April 10-16, 2015

Travel and conference dates.

April-Dec., 2015

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

Application process steps

Staff

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. 18, 2014. Qualifications for eligibility are listed above. Please send form directly to Extension staff identified. Do not give to youth applicant.

Another Adult

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. 18, 2014. Please send form directly to Extension staff identified. Do not give to youth applicant.

Youth

Youth nominated will fill out youth applicant application 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. 18, 2014. 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 requirement.

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. 4 or 5. Conference call or skype interview will consist of:

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
Email: lambr031@umn.edu

Contact:

Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Youth Development
4100 220th Street West, Suite 100
Farmington, MN  55024
Email: conw0076@umn.edu

For more information, check out the National 4-H Website.
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