Washington County 4-H

4-H Officer Program

The 4-H County Officer program is for a class of select intermediate (6-8th Grade) 4-H members chosen through an application and interview process. In this program, county officers will have the opportunity to increase their civic understanding and participation. They will learn about the community they live in and how it is organized. Through this process, county officers will also have the opportunity to practice and develop their leadership and public speaking skills. We are looking for youth who are enthusiastic, self motivated, and ready to be an active member of the program and community.

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  • Develop personal leadership skills and self-confidence
  • Learn to organize and facilitate a community service project
  • Increase public speaking skills
  • Increase civic engagement and understanding of the community
  • Develop an understanding of how to use Robert's Rules of Order
  • Attend 16 activities
  • Lead 2 pledges (Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge)
  • Facilitate 1 team-building activity
  • Prepare a 10-15-minute demonstration for 4-H County Contest
  • Participate in “Pay it Forward” service project addressing a community need
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter for Utah 4-H Portfolio contest
  • Pass US Citizenship and Immigration Services Civics Exam 
  • Ask questions of speakers and tour leaders
  • Present a report to the County Commission
  • Registered 4-H Member 
  • Enthusiastic about 4-H
  • Have time available to fulfill role of a County Officer
  • Responsible
  • Willing to serve in various County Officer leadership roles as assigned
  • Willing to travel
  • Willing to make 4-H Officer program a top priority
  • Have and maintain minimum GPA of 3.0 (B average) or above
  • Have parents and/or guardian support
  • Capable and willing to get out of school on a limited basis for special programs
  • Previously selected 4-H County Officers must reapply each year
The 4-H County Officer program runs from July to April with meetings taking place twice per month. Applications for 4-H County Officer are due June 20, 2022. The interview process will be held June 27 - July 1, 2022. The application can be found on the Utah 4-H website.

Date Activity
Thursday, July 21 Training: Welcome and Icebreakers

Friday, July 28

Tour: Parks and Rec - Quail Lake State Park
Thursday, August 11

Training: Robert's Rules of Order Introduction/Civic Engagement

Friday, August 19 Tour: Law
Thursday, September 8 Training: Public Speaking - Demonstration Prep
Friday, September 16 Tour: Health
Thursday, October 6 Training: County Contest Demonstrations
Friday, October 21 Tour: Education
Thursday, November 10 Training: President’s Cabinet Run Service Project
Friday, November 18 Tour: Diversity
Thursday, December 8 Training: Discovering Personal Identity/ Group Facilitation
Friday, December 16 Tour: Holiday Party
Thursday, January 12 Training: Public Speaking - 4-H Annual Report
Tuesday, January 24 (3:30pm-5pm) Tour: Local Government - County Commission
Thursday, February 2 Training: Capitol Trip Preparation/Active Listening

Thursday-Friday, February 9-10

Tour: State Government - State Capitol Tour
Thursday, March 9 Training: Citizenship Bowl and Citizenship Final Test
Friday, March 17 Tour: Arts/History with 4-H Teen Council
Monday, April 3 Year-End Award Ceremony
  • $10 for 4-H membership
  • $75 for State Capitol Trip
  • $50 for 4-H Officer uniform

The County Officer application has two main components: (1) a cover letter and (2) a resume. Applications are due June 20.

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Prepare your cover letter, resume and head shot. (For details, visit the 4-H Officer Handbook

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Complete application
Apply Now

 
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Step 4

Ask a teacher to write a letter of recommendation for you.
Recommendation Form

4-H Officer Handbook 4-H Officer Handbook

4-H Officer Handbook

View the 4-H Officer Handbook for more details about the application process, projects, and state capitol tour, and more!

 

question mark FAQ's 4-H Officer Program

The cover letter should be sent in with a resume to include additional information about skills and experience. Applicants should review the objectives and construct their message to address each point. Each 4-H cover letter will have the following four required objectives to be scored: 

 

Why do you want to be a 4-H County Officer?

How have you helped your peers and/or your community over the past year?

What life skills have you learned from 4-H, and how will you use them in the future?

What have you learned about resiliency from 4-H? 
(Resiliency is the ability to recover quickly after difficult times.)

What are your goals for next year and why?

 

The cover letter should be a maximum of one page. 

The resume should represent a cumulative summary of the 4-H member’s background, skills, and accomplishments. The 4-H member should highlight 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, school grade, and year in 4-H.
The resume should be a maximum of two pages long. 

One letter of recommendation from a teacher is required. Confidential letters of recommendation can be filled out here.

The head shot should be a recent picture of the applicant. This should be a solo shot with a simple background. This picture can be done professionally or with a phone camera.

The 4-H County Officer applications are due June 20, 2022. Applications will be reviewed, and you will be contacted within 10 days of application submission for a personal review.

The personal interview will be 20 minutes long. Applicants should come in professional dress and be prepared to answer the questions listed below: 

 

What is your biggest strength?

What do you see yourself doing as a career when you are an adult?

Why do you want to be a county officer?

Why should we choose you to be a county officer?

Can you commit to attending at least 16 of the 20 meetings?

Do you have any questions for me?

 

Interviews will be held June 27 - July 1, 2022. Applicants will be contacted to sign up for an interview time.

Meetings will be held twice a month. Each month there will be one training meeting and one field trip.

Training Meeting

The training meeting will typically be held on the second Thursday of each month from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm at the Washington County USU Extension.


USU Extension - Washington County

339 S 5500 W

Hurricane, UT 84737

This meeting will be used as a time for the officer to develop social skills and build relationships with their fellow class members. This will also be a time when trainings are held to help the officers prepare for their projects. 

 

Educational field trips & tours

Tours will typically be held on Fridays the week after the Training Meetings from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The location for each tour will vary. Officers and parents will be informed in advance of where each tour will take place. 

Tours will be based around a theme. 4-H County Officers will be expected to ask questions and actively participate in the tours.


Visit the 4-H Officer Program Handbook for meeting agenda, tour themes, and more

2021-2022 Officers

Ammon A.
Ammon A.
Santa Clara
Anna E.
Anna E.
Santa Clara
Audrey E.
Audrey E.
Santa Clara

Elsie C.
Elsie C.
St. George
Emerson H.
Emerson H.
Ethan E.
Ethan E.
Santa Clara

Jayden F.
Jayden F.
St. George
Jude G.
Jude G.
Hurricane
Millie N.
Millie N.
Hurricane

Morgan W.
Morgan W.
St. George
Sebastian E.
Sebastian E.
Santa Clara
Taft H.
Taft H.
Hurricane

Dinyu W.
Dinyu W.
4-H Teen Leadership Mentor
Katarina Aikens
Katarina Aikens
Washington County 4-H Officer Program Coordinator
(435) 634-5706
katarina.aikens@usu.edu
Paul Hill
Dr. Paul Hill
Extension Professor
Washington County Director
(435) 634-5706
paul.hill@usu.edu