University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program

National 4-H Conference

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National 4-H Conference 2022
March 20-24, 2022
Choose Virtual or In-person
Hyatt Regency-Crystal City
Reagan National Airport, Washington D.C.

Travel and conference expenses are covered by a generous grant from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation.

The National 4-H Conference is the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program.

Featuring:

  • Expanded focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) in our 4-H delegates, with a conference makeup more reflective of our nation's youth population.
  • Roundtable discussions to explore current issues affecting youth and the role 4-H can play in addressing them
  • Conference facilitation led by Collegiate Facilitators (4-H alumni)
  • Sharing the youth perspective from roundtable discussions with federal partner agencies
  • An opportunity to engage with your U.S. Senators and Representatives

See the tentative schedule for more information.

Apply

Deadline: 8:00 a.m. January 21, 2022

Eligibility

4-H youth members ages 16 - 19 who have not participated in the National 4-H Conference

Completed applications must include the following

  • Online application with 4-H Resume attached
  • Two references submitted online.

References should include one each of the following

  • County 4-H staff person: 4-H Program Representative, 4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, or County Director
  • 4-H Member or recent 4-H alumni (not over 21 years of age)

References should not be a family member. References will only be accepted through the link below. Additional Letters of Reference will not be accepted.

Please contact Jenna Colburn at jcolburn@ucanr.edu with questions.

 

Sponsorship of California 4-H's delegation

all costs are covered for the California 4-H delegation thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation through the California 4-H Foundation,

About the National 4-H Conference

The National 4-H Conference is the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program.

This event brings together youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county extension staff members from across the United States, the U.S. territories, and the Canadian provinces. 

 

Sponsored by the National 4-H Headquarters

The National 4-H Headquarters ensures that the conference is a meaningful experience for youth and adult participants.

They also share the recommendations that emerge from the conference with:

  • the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • Extension program leaders
  • Other partners involved with 4-H programs

 

Purpose of California’s Delegation to the National 4-H Conference

  1. Provide opportunities for California 4-H youth to participate in and contribute to 4-H at the national level.

  2. Exchange 4-H Youth Development programming ideas with other states.

  3. Make legislators aware of the impact of the 4-H program in California and nationwide.

 

What is the National 4-H Conference like?

The National 4-H Conference experience

To give you an idea of the impact of this conference, please read the story below and watch the video snippets about different aspects of the conference.

 

Providing the Youth Perspective

Every spring, 4-H clubs send delegates to the National 4-H Conference to put their skills into practice by addressing a challenge posed by a federal agency. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) challenged a group of 4-H members to identify different adolescent ‘activity styles,’ or personas, and to provide the youth perspective for how to communicate the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to adolescents. Read more on the health.gov News Blog

 

Watch the videos below to learn more about different aspects of the National 4-H Conference

 

My favorite part of the conference

Roundtables

Meeting with legislators

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