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4-H Portfolios are the combination of a resume and cover letter

Resumes: The resume should represent a cumulative summary of the 4-H members background, skills, and accomplishments. The 4-H member should summarize their 4-H experience by highlighting their project involvement, activities, awards/recognitions, leadership experiences, and community service. Each year, applicants will need to update their information, maintaining the most pertinent information over time. Content should be clearly identified as 4-H or non-4-H; style of resume and formatting are at the discretion of the applicant. Applicants should include contact information, county, school grade, and year in 4-H. Maximum 2 pages.  

Cover Letters: The cover letter should be a narrative to accompany the resume. When applying for different 4-H contests, leadership roles, etc., the cover letter should be tailored to the requirements of the application. Each application must have the outlined responsibilities posted. Rubrics should be tailored to specific responsibilities/objectives. Maximum 1 page. Click here to view the Cover Letter Objectives.


General State and Regional Event Leadership Roles

State 4-H Portfolio Contest

State Ambassador

Horse Projects

State Turkey Show

County Year-End Awards

Junior Livestock Projects

FCS Ambassador

4-H Portfolios are the Standard Application Tool for:

Sample 4-H Resumes

*Refer to the 4-H Portfolio Guidebook for appropriate Ages & Stages while judging.

Sample 4-H Cover Letter

 Sample Cover Letter 1

*Be sure to design your resume & cover letter to reflect your strengths and application, these are only examples NOT templates. 

Record Keeping:

Please use these project sheets as a resource for record keeping.  Project sheets are not required in most State  4-H Applications. Some Livestock shows have opted to require a project sheet in addition to the 4-H Portfolio. Check with your county and contests to see if they require project sheets. 


State 4-H Portfolio Contest:

The State 4-H Portfolio Contest is the only time of year to receive feedback about your 4-H resume and cover letter on a state level. The 4-H Portfolio is the standard application tool for all 4-H leadership positions and a valuable resource as you seek employment. Competing in the State 4-H Portfolio Contest will give you a competitive advantage as you apply for other opportunities. Blue, red, and white ribbons will be awarded based on your scores. 4-H members of all ages are encouraged to submit their 4-H Portfolio. Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2021. 

Cover Letter Objectives: 

- What personal growth have you experienced this year?

- What does 4-H mean to you?

- What goals do you have based on your 4-H experience?

- How has 4-H prepared you for the future?

Submit your 4-H Portfolio for the State Contest

Submit 4-H Portfolio