National 4-H Award Trips
Currently there are two National Awards trips awarded to 4-H youth who demonstrate excellence through their project experiences. To participate in one of these programs, youth must complete the Florida 4-H Awards Portfolio. There are several resources to help you complete this portfolio available to you through your county 4-H agent, who will also be very helpful in assisting you in this process.
National 4-H Congress
Each year, the Florida 4-H Foundation supports up to 10 youth to participate in National 4-H Congress. This event is hosted in Atlanta, Ga. Youth are selected for this program based on program area involvement. There are seven program areas: citizenship and career development, environmental education, individual and family resources, leadership and communications, science and technology, animal science, and general/overall achievement. Youth who participate in National Congress will enjoy 5 fun-filled days of workshops, motivational speakers, exploring, recognition, and interaction with over 1200 other 4-Hers from across the United States.
National 4-H Conference
National 4-H Conference takes place in our nations Capitol. Six youth will participate in this trip each year. National 4-H Conference is the highest honor of achievement for a Florida 4-Her. Participants in this working conference will meet with other 4-H youth, members of the USDA, and government officials to discuss youth development, address concerns and issues, and create goals for the 4-H program in the nation, individual states, and participants counties. Youth going to National 4-H Conference will create “back-home action plans” that they will institute in their communities and state to make positive change. Youth who want to go to National 4-H Conference will also complete an awards portfolio with National Conference listed as the program area.
Candidates will be asked to note their award trip preference in their portfolio. Although youth will only be awarded one trip in a 4-H year, they are encouraged to apply for the un-awarded trip that following year. Additionally, applicants must score a 90 or above on their portfolio application to qualify for an interview at the State level. In order to qualify for an award trip or scholarship opportunity they must have at least a 90 combined score between their portfolio and interview. Averages will then be ranked and awarded from the highest scoring candidate down.