National 4-H Salute to Excellence
Volunteer recognition awards
The National 4‑H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes 4‑H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4‑H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege.
In 2015, eight regional honorees will be selected from nominations submitted by each state. Each region of the country will have its own Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year. The eight regional winners become nominees for the national award, and one volunteer in each category will be named the national winner.
The Volunteer of the Year Award is for individuals who have served as 4‑H volunteers for less than 10 years at the local, county, district or state level.
The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is for individuals who have served 10 or more years at the local, county, district or state level.
A completed nomination will consist of an overview resume of the applicant’s 4‑H and relevant community volunteer experiences and three (3) letters of recommendation. Nominations/letters of recommendation must address the following selection criteria:
- Positive impact the nominee has had on 4‑H and on 4‑H youth.
- Nominee's ability to work with young people on projects and activities in a way that promotes decision-making, problem-solving, meeting challenges, mastery and youth-adult partnerships (positive youth development opportunities).
- Nominee's innovative approaches to engaging youth and increasing diversity among participants.
- How nominee exemplifies a "mentor-learner" relationship with participants.
- Dedication to a safe and inclusive environment.
- How nominee models character and professional behavior when interacting with participants, families, and community partners.
- Nominee's innovative approaches to performing volunteer service.
- Increased funding/resources/new initiatives generated by nominee.
- Recruitment of additional 4‑H volunteers.
- Personal growth from being a 4‑H volunteer (that you have observed).
Letter writers should be aware of the criteria listed above and address the relevant points in developing their documents.
- Nomination materials must be submitted electronically to Molly Frendo, state program director, volunteer systems firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 1, 2014.
- Each completed application must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation can be written by a 4‑H staff member, 4‑H youth participant, another volunteer, or a parent/guardian but must include one youth. Letters should be no longer than 2 pages in length, in 12-point font with 1-inch margins.
- A resume of 4-H experiences and community service must be included and should follow the template provided. It is limited to 2 pages in length, in 12-point font with a one-inch margin.
- Nominations are due to Molly Frendo, state program director, volunteer systems email@example.com no later than October 1, 2013.
- Regional winners will be announced by January 31, 2014.
- Each regional winner will receive a personalized plaque, and $200 cash award to be donated to a local 4‑H program of their choice.
- Minnesota will recognize state winners at the annual M4-HAVA Forum, February 19-21, 2015.
- National winners will be announced in April, 2015, National Volunteer Month.
- National winners will be recognized at the 2015 NAE4-HA awards program in Portland, Oregon, October 2015. Each will receive a plaque and $1,000 cash award to be donated to a local 4‑H program of their choice.
- Awardees should be prepared to provide information in subsequent years regarding the impact of their awards on their community.
Thank you for your interest in the 2015 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Awards!
Please direct questions regarding the nomination process to:
Molly Frendo, State Program Director, Volunteer Systems
Center for Youth Development
405 Coffey Hall
1920 Eckles Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108