4-H Teen Activities and Opportunities

  

The purpose of this fact sheet is to educate leaders, teens and their parents about opportunities for teens in 4-H.

 County

Activity/

Opportunity

 

What Is It? Age Requirements When Does It Happen? Cost Application Process
Fairfield County 4-H Fair Board

The Fair Board organizes and conducts the Fairfield County Fair, usually held in October at the CT Beardsley Zoo.

 

At least 13 as of the current year and attane4dace at one Fair There are 6 meetings, from April through November No cost

Interested teens should notify the 4-H office for meeting dates

and  job description

Teen Member of the County Development Committee The 4-H Development Committee is composed of leaders, volunteers, parents, alumni and teens. On this committee, teens work in partnership with adult volunteers on real issues and concerns regarding our 4-H program; assist with planning of events, promotional activities, fundraising and program activities. Teens have the same rights and responsibilities as adult members. Teens who have also served on other committees The Development Committee generally meets during the school year, the fourth Wed of the month. No cost Interested teens should notify the 4-H office
Special Leadership project Teach a workshop or a short course. Convenience of teen and 4-H program No cost Interested teens should notify the 4-H office

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State

Activity/

Opportunity

What Is It? Age Requirements When Does It Happen? Cost Application Process
State 4-H Citizenship Day Youth observe state government by participating in workshops at the state Capitol as well as meeting with legislators and other government officials. Workshops may include tours, holding mock debates and votes on a selected topic of interest to teens. Ages 12-19 one day is April Small registration fee for the day Complete registration form
State 4-H Communica-tions Day State event which includes the state public speaking contest, state film festival, and state poster contest. Some contests are a competitive process with selection at the county level. Other contests are open to anyone who fits the criteria. Depends on event

 

 

One Saturday in March or April Small registration fee for the day Some contests are a competitive process with selection at the county level. Other contests are open to anyone who fits the criteria.
CT Expressive Arts Day

 

State event which includes the: State Fashion Revue; State Public Speaking Contest; State Talent Show; State Home Arts Contest; and State Photography Show.  The event is generally held at the UConn, West Hartford Depends on event

 

 

One Saturday in March or April Small registration fee for the day Some contests are a competitive process with selection at the county level. Other contests are open to anyone who fits the criteria.
Eastern States 4-H Program Animal Delegate

 

“The Big E”

Youth 4-H members have opportunities to participate in 4-H livestock programs at Eastern States Exposition. Delegates represent Connecticut 4-H.

 

 

12 as of  Jan 1 of current year Each livestock program usual lasts 2-3 days.   Delegates stay overnight The County

usually provides $125 to each delegate

Each animal program has its own criteria for delegate selection and age; check with your office or the 4-H state website for more details. Applications, and in some cases, tryouts are required for selection as a delegate.
Eastern States 4-H Program

New England Center – “The Big E”

Youth 4-H members have opportunities to participate in the New England Center with demonstrating and leading various activities. Any age The Big E lasts for 3 wks in September.  1 day during the Big E Financial support is available if needed Registration process through state 4-H office
State Hippology, Quiz Bowl & Horse Judging Contests Teams and/or individuals may represent their county in this comprehensive test of horse science knowledge (such as identifying horse items, judging, facts and equipment, identifying breeds, etc.)  A state team is selected. All ages –  The state teams selected for national contests are srs State Contests are usually on selected Saturdays in the Spring Small registration fee for the day Complete registration form

 

Winning teams participate in the Nation Contest in Kentucky in the Fall

 

Activity/

Opportunity

What Is It? Age Requirements When Does It Happen? Cost Application Process
National 4-H Congress  Approximately 1,200 outstanding

4-Hers from across the nation participate in this 4 day recognition, cultural and education event.  Teens participate in a variety of hands-on workshops as well as other interactive events.  Congress is a state award trip.

14 as of Jan 1 of current year Around Thanksgiving

 

Congress takes place in Atlanta

No cost to delegates CT delegates are selected on the basis of the CT 4-H Recognition Forms, county recommendation and state interviews.

 

CT Recognition forms are due in the County office by May 1.  State interviews are conducted in June.

National 4-H Conference 4-Hers from across the nation participate in this leadership/citizenship conference.

This conference raises the youth voice around issues and concerns facing youth in communities, provides opportunities for youth and adults to work cooperatively around real issues, and gives delegates the opportunity to help provide ideas for future 4-H program directions.  This is a state award trip.

Ages 15 as of Jan 1 of current year

 

 

 A week in late March or early April. It is held at the 4-H Center in Maryland No cost to delegates CT delegates are selected on the basis of CT 4-H Recognition Form, county recommendation and state interviews.

 

CT Recognition forms are due in the county office by December 15. State interviews are conducted in January.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), Chevy Chase, MD CWF provides an opportunity for Connecticut teen delegates to visit Washington D.C. to learn more about our national government by visiting historic spots, meeting with national legislators and attending social activities and workshops with teens from around the country.  (Offered  in odd number years) Must be 15 by the trip A week-long conference in late June or early July, held at the National 4-H Center in Maryland Around $700- the county usually provides financial assistance for at least half. CT Recognition form –  due in the county office by January 1.  Each county usually receives 4 slots.

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