4-H Achievement Awards Program
4-H Participation Certificate
Youth who have completed their first year in 4-H receive a 4-H Participation Certificate. Each year following that, 4-Hers receive a sticker which shows the number of years in 4-H. Click here, to report on all of your 4-Hers who have completed their first 4-H year, who have earned this certificate, but has not yet received it, and/or have their certificate, but need to update their year stickers.
If your 4-Her is a senior in High School this year, we would like to recognize them for their 4-H accomplishments. Click here, to let us know if your 4-Her is a senior in High School in the current 4-H year.
Project Division Awards
The 4-H Project Division Awards recognize the time and effort that youth put into their 4-H projects. Many important life skills are learned as youth persevere and work on mastering project skills. 4-H projects are divided into 8 umbrella divisions. These include:
Citizenship & Civic Education
Communications & Expressive Arts
Consumer & Family Science
Environmental Education & Earth Science
Healthy Lifestyle Education
Personal Development & Leadership
Plants & Animals
Science & Technology
The Project Division Awards are gold, silver, and bronze medallions. Youth earn a medallion for the time they have spent on 4-H projects within a division over the past 4-H year. Youth may earn awards in multiple divisions if they have worked on projects from more than one division. The bronze medallion is earned when youth have spent 1-14 hours on a division project over the past 4-H year. The silver medallion is earned when youth have spent 15-30+ hours on a division project over the past 4-H year. Lastly, the gold medallion is earned when youth have spent 30+ hours on a division project and have completed a 4-H portfolio for the project(s) in that division over that past 4-H year.
Starting on the 2014 4-H Achievement Night, the medallions will have the 4-H year and the youth's name engraved. For this reason, award reporting by 4-H leaders will need to be completed by the deadline given. To report youth who have earned this award, please click here.
4-H Service Certificate and Pin
Service learning is another area that is recognized and awarded. The time that youth put towards serving their community through 4-H is considered service. Many times 4-H service includes a 4-H project that was made to serve others. Another type of service that is recognized is the time that youth spend volunteering during 4-H events. This may be at the club level, the county level, or the state level. Youth earn this award each year that they spend 30 or more hours on 4-H service. This equals 2.5 or more 4-H service hours in a twelve month period. To report youth who have earned this award, click here.
The 4-H Portfolio
Record keeping is important for 4-Hers. A 4-H portfolio is a good place to record the activities and time that youth put towards 4-H projects, 4-H service, and 4-H leadership. Portfolios are judged yearly by the county beginning in the 3rd grade through the 12 grade and are due in October. For 9th through 12th graders, portfolios can be judged at the state level and are due in February. Portfolio judging provides youth with positive and constructive feedback on their 4-H experience as well as on their record keeping skills. Teens with outstanding portfolios are chosen to be interviewed for a possibility to attend the 4-H National Congress which takes place in November. The 4-H portfolio is required for youth to apply to be a 4-H State Ambassador (December) and for 4-H Scholarships (February).
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