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 in 3 pledges (Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge)
- Facilitate 2 team-building activities
- Prepare a 5-minute demonstration for 4H County Contest
- Participate in Pay it Forward service project addressing a community need
- Prepare a resume and cover letter for the Utah 4-H Portfolio contest
- Pass US Citizenship and Immigration Services Civics Exam
- Ask questions of speakers and tour leaders
- Present a community need/issue to City Council
- 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, August 12||Training: How to ask Questions||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Friday, August 20||Tour: Parks and Rec - Quail Lake State Park||St. George Town Square Park|
|Thursday, September 9||Training: Gratitude and Public Presence||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Friday, September 17||Tour: Arts - Tuacahn Amphitheater||St. George Town Square Park|
|Thursday, October 14||Training: Discovering Identity and Group Facilitation||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Friday, October 22||Tour: Education - Dixie Technical College and Vasion/Zonos||St. George Town Square Park|
|Thursday, November 11||Training: Public Speaking||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Friday, November 19||Tour: Local Government - City Council||St. George Town Square Park|
|Thursday, December 9||Training: Meaningful Service||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Friday, December 17||Tour: Diversity - Speeches and Food||St. George Town Square Park|
|Thursday, January 13||Training: Portfolio Prep and Listening Skills||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Friday January 21||Tour: Health - IHC Tour||St. George Town Square Park|
|Thursday, February 10||Training: Demonstration Prep||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Thursday, February 17-18||Tour: State Government - State Capitol Tour||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Thursday, March 10||Training: Citizenship Bowl||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Friday, March 11||Tour: History - Walking Tour of Downtown St. George||St. George Town Square Park|
|Thursday, April 14||Training: County Contest - Demonstration||USU Extension, Hurricane|
|Thursday, April 22||Tour: Law - Purgatory and Bomb Squad||St. George Town Square Park|
|Thursday, April 28||Year End Award Ceremony||TBA|
- $10 for 4-H membership
- $20 for State Capitol Trip
- $30 for 4-H Officer uniform
The County Officer application has two main components: (1) a cover letter and (2) a resume. Applications are due July 16.
check mark Application Process
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?
What does 4-H mean to you?
What personal growth have you experienced this year?
What skills do you bring to the 4-H County Officer team?
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 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 want to be when you grow up?
Why do you want to be a county officer?
Why should we choose you to be a county officer?
Do you have any questions for me?
Interviews will be held July 26-30th. Applicants will be contacted to sign up for an interview time.
The training meeting will 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 be held on Fridays the week after the Training Meetings from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Officers will meet in the Town Square Park behind the St. George Library. At the tours end the class will meet back in the same place to be picked up.
50 S Main St.
St. George, UT 84770
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