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