Older Youth Experiences: Leadership Roles, Trips and Conferences, and Awards

A variety of opportunities exist for Lincoln County 4-H older youth — participating in leadership roles, attending conferences and trips, and applying for awards.

County Wide Leadership Roles

    • Lincoln County 4-H Ambassador

State Leadership Roles

    • State Art Groups
    • Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

Trips and Conferences

    • U.S. Space Camp
    • Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
    • American Spirit East
    • Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
    • Leadership Washington Focus (LWF)
    • National 4-H Congress
    • National 4-H Conference Consideration at State Level
    • National 4-H Dairy Conference Consideration at State Level

Awards

    • Lincoln County 4-H Scholarship
    • Key Award
    • “I Dare You” Award
    • James W. Crowley Dairy Leadership Award

Funding these Opportunities:

The Lincoln County 4-H Leaders’ Association, Inc. provides scholarships for many of these opportunities.  Scholarships are usually 50% of the cost for the opportunity that the youth applies for.  Youth may apply for a scholarship through the Lincoln County Scholarship application resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

Youth can also earn funds towards older youth opportunities by working in the 4-H Dairyland Stand or Raffle Booth at the Lincoln County Fair.  Funds earned by youth in this manner accumulate each year and will be held in their name by the Leaders’ Association until the youth requests to use them.

County Wide Leadership Roles

Lincoln County 4-H Ambassador

Open to:  Grades 7 and above
When:  All Year Long

Being a Lincoln County 4-H Ambassador is both an honor and a privilege. 4-H Ambassadors are not only the face of Lincoln County 4-H but they are leaders. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to help 4-H in many ways. Ambassadors can customize their volunteer leadership experience around what they really feel passionate about! Some of the options are: emcee Talent Explosion or Communications Contest; create 4-H activities; promote 4-H at Community events and parades, and of course, represent 4-H at the Lincoln County Fair. Ambassadors share their 4-H story with others and promote 4-H to youth throughout the county.

How to apply:  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship application resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

State Wide Leadership Roles

State Art Groups

Open to:  Grades 9 12
When:  Various events throughout the year

Three State 4-H Arts Groups are formed every year to give 4-H youth the opportunity to develop their artistic and leadership skills. They then have the opportunity for real-world applications of these skills at the 4-H and Youth Conference and the Wisconsin State Fair.  There are three different art groups, focusing on different art mediums:

      • 4-H Drama Company creates a stage performance involving acting, song and dance in the five days leading up to 4-H and Youth Conference. Show content is a collaborative effort between company members and their director. Each Drama Company member contributes ideas for the show and works with the group to problem solve issues on the set and in the script. Drama Company takes their show on to the Wisconsin State Fair where they perform for fair goers from across the state.
      • 4-H Art Team creates artwork around the theme of the Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference as well as designing and organizing the WI 4-H and Youth Conference art exhibit, reception and guided exhibit tours. The team members also teach seminars and train to be peer leaders for county and regional events including the Wisconsin State Fair. The 4-H Art Team is led by a professional artist who teaches team members artistic techniques using a variety of mediums.
      • 4-H Communications Team tells the Wisconsin 4-H story using multiple forms of communication, including:  photo, video, social media, blogging and writing about club, county and state 4-H events. Team members develop a mixed-media presentation for delegates attending the Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference, as well as taking photos and videos of performances. They create promotional video clips for 4-H & Youth Conference and write articles about 4-H events. Communications Team members learn an abundance of problem solving, writing, photography and leadership skills as members of their team.

How to apply:  For more information, including cost and specific application requirements for each group, visit the websiteApplication deadline is usually in December.

Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

Open to:  Grades 9 – 11 (at time of election)
When: Various events throughout the year

The Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council (WLC) provides a statewide forum for youth and adult volunteer leaders to discuss ideas and provide input to enhance UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development programs at the state, county and local levels. WLC members:

        • Serve as leaders and role models for 4-H youth and adults
        • Advocate for Wisconsin 4-H
        • Provide input for enhancing the 4-H program
        • Provide educational opportunities to 4-H members and leaders
        • Connect the county, regional and state levels of Wisconsin 4-H, as well as the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation

Elected at the annual Fall Forum, the WLC helps to plan that annual event, along with the State Youth Leader Conference and UW-Extension Day and Meat Products Auction at Wisconsin State Fair.

How to apply:  For more information, including costs, application requirements, and election process, visit the website. Application deadline is usually the end of September.

Trips and Conferences

Open to:  Current 4-H member (maximum age if 15 at the time of the program)
When (Tentative only):  April 2021
Where:  Huntsville, Alabama.

Delegates participate in hands-on mock space missions and other STEM activities in this NASA program while exchanging ideas with youth from across Wisconsin.

Cost:  Approximate total cost of $650.
Scholarship available!  Approximate cost, with scholarship, is $325.  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

Registration: Registration usually opens in November, please monitor the website for exact details and deadlines.

Open to:  Current 4-H member, grades 7 – 10
When (Tentative only):  End of June 2021
Where:  Huntsville, Alabama.

Approximately 600 youth attend this pre-college program in Madison each summer.  Participants take part in educational seminars and assemblies and meet people from across Wisconsin.  They are encouraged to take what they learn and share it with others in their home community.

Cost:  Approximate total cost of $250-275 plus some seminar costs.
Scholarship available!  Approximate cost, with scholarship, is $125-150.  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

Registration: Registration usually takes place in April, please monitor the website for exact details and deadlines.

Open to:  Current 4-H member, grades 8-10
When (Tentative only): 2-3 Options in June & July 2021
Where:  East Coast.

Approximately 132 youth learn about America’s heritage and build awareness of the many steps taken to gain U.S. independence and freedom by visiting historical sites in Philadelphia, New York, Boston.

Cost:  Approximate total cost of $1400.
Scholarship available!  Approximate cost, with scholarship, is $700.  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

Registration: Registration usually opens in November, please monitor the website for exact details and deadlines.

Open to:  Current 4-H member, grades 10 – 12 (minimum age 15 during the trip)
When (Tentative only):  June or July 2021
Where:  Washington, D.C.

Approximately 120 Wisconsin 4-H youth are selected to attend this leadership program held at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D. C.  Participants learn the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders.  The week consists of participatory workshops, speakers, committee work, field trips and social events.

Cost:  Approximate total cost of $1500.
Scholarship available!  Approximate cost, with scholarship, is $750.  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

Registration: Registration usually opens in November, please monitor the website for exact details and deadlines.

Open to: Current 4-H member, grades 6-8 (entering grades 7 through 9 at the time of the trip)
When (Tentative only):  July 2021
Where:  Washington, D.C.

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a 4-H leadership program that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. Delegates will build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action, practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking, work with others to create and accomplish goals, develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style, exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H’ers from across the nation and experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.

Cost:  Approximate total cost of $1100.
Scholarship available!  Approximate cost, with scholarship, is $550.  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

Registration: Please monitor the website for exact details and deadlines.

Open to:  Current 4-H member, grades 10 – 12 (maximum age 18 on January 1 of the year of travel)
When (Tentative only):  Thanksgiving weekend 2021
Where:  Atlanta, Georgia.

National 4-H Congress is 4-H’s flagship event. For over 90 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in this youth leadership development conference. Congress provides youth with a quality educational and cross-cultural experience. Delegates learn about the needs and issues of youth while developing into capable, competent, and caring citizens.  Delegates participate in self-development seminars, tours and do community service while exchanging ideas with youth from across the country.

Cost:  Approximate total cost of $1500.
Scholarship available!  Approximate cost, with scholarship, is $750.  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

Registration: Registration usually opens in June, please monitor the website for exact details and deadlines.

Open to:  Current 4-H member, grades 10 – 12 (Maximum age of 18  on January 1 of the year of travel)
When (Tentative only):  Early April 2021
Where:  Washington, D.C.

Lincoln County may nominate one youth per year to receive an application to compete to be one of six (6) to eight (8) Wisconsin youth selected to attend this working civic conference held at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C.  Each delegate selects an issue and collaborates with youth from across the country in an effort to help better direct future 4-H programming.  Delegates spend the majority of time contributing to stimulating, task-oriented groups.  One day is spent on Capitol Hill meeting with Wisconsin legislators.

Cost:  Approximate total cost of $1200.
Scholarship available!  Approximate cost, with scholarship, is $600.  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

Applications: Once selected for consideration, applications are usually due, complete with signatures, are due to the State 4-H Office in December.  Please monitor the website for exact details and deadlines.

Open to:  Current 4-H member, grades 10 – 12. Must be currently enrolled in the 4-H Dairy Project and have at least two previous years of membership in the 4-H Dairy Project.
When (Tentative only):  End of September
Where:  Madison, Wisconsin.

Each year, a select number of youth will be chosen to represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Dairy Conference. The National 4-H Dairy Conference is an outstanding networking opportunity where Wisconsin youth will have the chance to meet and interact with future dairy leaders from across the USA and Canada.  Participants learn about production, processing, marketing and use of dairy products, and develop a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, biotechnology, genetics, marketing and other selected areas. The conference consists of participatory workshops on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus, speakers, tours, and visiting the World Dairy Expo.

Cost:  Approximate total cost of $650.

Registration:  Talk to your Dairy Project Leader or 4-H educator.  They will need to start the process for you.  Registration usually opens in July.  Please monitor the website for exact details and deadlines.

Awards

  • Lincoln County 4-H Leaders Assoication, Inc., Higher Education Scholarships

Open to:  Current 4-H member who is graduating from high school or is attending a college/university.

The Lincoln County 4-H Leaders Association, Inc., may award up to three $500 scholarships (two from the Leaders Association and one provided by funds donated from the O’Tannenbaum tour) to qualified applicants.  This award must be used for programs of study at any accredited college, university, or technical college.  The recipient will be paid the $500 award by the Lincoln County 4-H Leaders Association, Inc. when the Association has received written notification that the recipient has completed one grading period of study and is registered for the second period of study.

How to apply:  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

  • Key Award

Open to: Current 4-H member, grade 9 and above, who has 3 years of 4-H experience and one year as a youth leader

The Key Award is one of the highest recognition a 4-H member can receive.  The Wisconsin 4-H Key Award is to provide special recognition to 4-H members who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership ability, and actively participated in club and community.  The awards are presented at the following year’s annual 4-H recognition banquet usually held in October.

How to apply:  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

  • “I Dare You” Award

Open to: Current 4-H member, grade 9 -11

This award is given in recognition of personal integrity, balanced living, and potential leadership.  The “I Dare You” Leadership Award is made available each year by the American Youth Foundation.  William H. Danforth, founder of Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, who dared young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of service, first offered the award in 1941.  The award takes its name from the book, “I Dare You”, written by Mr. Danforth, in which he commends the balanced life of mental, physical, social and spiritual development as the backbone of leadership.  Award recipients receive a personalized award certificate, a copy of I Dare You!, William H. Danforth’s classic motivational book, and an invitation to join other young leaders at the National Leadership Conference (http://ayf.com/camps/miniwanca/national-leadership-conference/).  The awards are presented at the following year’s annual recognition banquet usually held in October.

How to apply:  Apply through the Lincoln County Scholarship resumé processCompleted applications are due October 1st, 2020.

Open to: Current 4-H member, grade 10 – 12, must be currently enrolled in the 4-H Dairy Project and has at least two previous years of membership in the 4-H Dairy Project.

The James W. Crowley 4-H Dairy Leadership Award program provides recognition to youth who have excelled in their dairy project. The James W. Crowley Dairy Management and Extension Fund is the sponsor of this award.  We are pleased to name the award in honor and memory of James W. Crowley, a longtime Extension Dairy Specialist and strong supporter of dairy youth projects.  County Award winners are eligible to compete for 15 state-wide awards.  State winners will receive plaques and the top two youth in the state competition will each receive $500 awards for continuing their dairy education.

How to apply:  Talk to your Dairy Project Leader or 4-H educator.  They will need to start the process for you, please monitor the website for exact details and deadlines. Application deadline is usually in May.

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