National 4-H Conference is an annual “working” conference of approximately 300 4-H teens from all fifty states, Canada, and US Territories and is held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. This six-day experience provides opportunity for input from youth, volunteers and staff into the National 4-H Program. Conference delegates spend about 12-15 hours in an issue group where they get to know each other, have open discussions, and write up a proposal to the Secretary of Agriculture that they design to help the nation’s youth, participate in special interest forums chosen by the delegate, attend assemblies with top-notch inspirational
speakers, and spend a day on Capitol Hill sharing information with our state’s Congressional delegation. Besides the work, there is plenty of time for fun! Delegates spend their free time sightseeing the major monuments including the Jefferson, Lincoln, W.W. II, Vietnam, 9/11, and Theodore Roosevelt Memorials, Arlington Cemetery during the changing of the guard, Washington Monument, and more, exploring the Smithsonian Museums, having a night on the town in Washington D.C., relaxing at dinner theater, talent shows, dances, and making new friends. In additional to all this there is also a spectacular closing banquet each year at a variety of unique places from river cruises to the Smithsonian Museum of American History after closing time.
Past participants have said of this experience, “National Conference gives us memories that will last a lifetime, friends to last just as long, and a new want to cause change in the world. And this is why I will never forget it,” (Samantha Tickey), and “This conference did not just teach us about leadership roles and friendships we could make, it was bigger than that. National Conference had more to offer than what once appeared to us 4-Her’s…National Conference opened up our eyes to what 4-H has really given us, and showed us endless opportunities out there for us” (Erin Lee).
Each year, Rhode Island sends 3-4 delegates to represent Rhode Island 4-H at the National 4-H Conference. This trip is sponsored by the RI 4-H Foundation & URI College of Environment and Life Sciences. This year the conference is scheduled for April 5th-11th, 2014. It is a very exciting trip for a teen and this year marks the 86th conference. The deadline for resumes is October 30th, 2013. So I hope to get lots of resumes in the mail! You will find the link for the resume guide and scoring rubric used to determine the delegates at the bottom of this page.
Up to three delegates may be selected to represent Rhode Island by a panel of 2-3 judges to be determined by 4-H staff. To be eligible, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Judges decisions are final. Delegates are required to attend pre-conference work meetings and must be able to attend the National 4-H Conference from April 5th-11th 2014. Along with attending the conference, each delegate must make a commitment to work on an in-state project for one year following his or her return from conference.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY:
- 15-18 years old as of January 1, 2014 and enrolled in the RI 4-H program for the 2013-2014 year.
- Outstanding in leadership, citizenship, personal development and overall 4-H project achievement.
- Submit a 2-page resume, including skills you developed by taking part in 4-H.
- Participate in a group interview selection process. In order to better prepare for the interview, you should be informed on the issues affecting the URI 4-H program, knowledgeable of the current RI legislators serving in Washington, DC, and be able to answer questions about your 4-H experience and future plans. Be prepared to explain how you would use the National 4-H Conference experience to design a new 4-H program or add to an existing program in Rhode Island.
- Applicants must score at least a minimum average of 90 pts on the selection score sheet to be considered as a RI delegate. The applicants (up to four) with the highest scores, meeting all requirements, will be selected to represent RI at the National 4-H Conference. Decisions of the panel will be final. The applicants selected as the RI delegates will only be eligible to represent our state at the 2013 National 4-H Conference.
- Resume deadline is October 30th, 2013. Send your resume to:
State 4-H Office
75 Peckham Farm, URI, Kingston, RI 02881
More Information about the conference can be found at:
Resume Guide in PDF Format
Selection Scoresheet (to be filled out by judges during interview)
For any additional questions email Samantha Tickey at email@example.com