4-H Youth Development

Volunteer recognition

National 4-H Hall of Fame Award

The National 4-H Hall of Fame honors 4-H volunteers, supporters, staff and pioneers who made major contributions to 4-H at local, state and national levels. People who have been previously nominated but not selected must be resubmitted. People currently employed by 4-H or Extension, or who have administrative responsibility over 4-H or Extension within the land-grant university or federal extension system will not be considered until retired or deceased for a minimum of three years prior to the date of nomination.

4-H Ag Volunteer Leader of the Year Award

The 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award is sponsored by the Nevada Agriculture Foundation. The purpose of this award is to find an outstanding leader who has taken on the role of improving an agriculture related program within 4-H. The Nevada Agriculture Foundation awards $1000 to a leader who will use the money to strengthen their agriculture-based program.

4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award

Volunteers are, undeniably, the "heart and soul" of 4-H, and in an age when time is at a premium, Salute to Excellence serves as an opportunity to acknowledge our volunteers' unwavering dedication to the 4-H Youth Development movement.

Each year, state 4-H programs are invited to nominate two outstanding individual volunteers, one in each of two categories. The Lifetime Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has spent 10 or more years volunteering for 4-H. The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4-H less than 10 years. Recipients of the 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Awards are chosen from nominees submitted by state 4-H offices.

Each region will have its own Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year. The eight regional winners become nominees for the national award, and one volunteer from each category will be named the national winner.

Recipients will be presented with a monetary award (to be donated to a local 4-H program of the recipient's choosing). National awardees will also have their name engraved on the Salute to Excellence Perpetual Plaque located at the National

4-H Conference Center.

For more information regarding the 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award or nomination forms, please visit 4-H Council online.

Special Opportunities

4-H Chaperones

4-H Chaperones are responsible for the health and safety of 4-H youth development participants at overnight events, activities, trips and camps. Adults selected as chaperones should enjoy young people, exhibit mature judgment and action, and enhance the educational value of the activities. Chaperones must meet the same screening, fingerprinting and training requirements as 4-H volunteers. Some chaperone positions require additional training. Chaperones must follow University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's code of conduct while traveling to and from the event and throughout the duration of the event.

Qualifications

Adult chaperones should exhibit the following skills or characteristics:

  • Positive role model, demonstrating ethical and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Maturity and/or an appropriate age (preferably at least 19 years old)
  • Ability to exercise authority without being authoritarian or overbearing
  • Willingness and ability to assume responsibility
  • Understanding of purpose and goals of the activity or event
  • Understanding of the activity or event's potential relationship to community, county, area, state and national activities

Responsibilities

Chaperones are delegated full responsibility to make decisions to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all participants. Chaperones:

  • Provide 24-hour supervision of their charges
  • Encourage and model ethical and responsible behavior
  • Follow the same rules established for youth (i.e. night curfew should be observed by all; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use is prohibited, etc.)
  • Provide positive learning experiences
  • Carry out event or activity rules
  • Properly handle an accident or serious incident
  • Use positive discipline - disciplinary action never includes striking a child or using verbally-abusive language
  • Work closely with 4-H staff personnel in charge of the event and with other chaperones to solve problems
  • Communicate problems or concerns to appropriate staff in a timely manner, so appropriate individuals can be involved in decision making
  • Involve the individual, youth or adult whose behavior is in question in discussions to clarify circumstances and achieve solutions to problems
  • Decide an appropriate time to leave events or activities (i.e. bad weather, driving conditions, etc.)
  • Follow UNCE policies for sleeping arrangements
  • Understand and follow emergency procedures
  • Understand the procedures and paperwork necessary for dealing with an accident or incident and complete if necessary

Leadership Events

Western Regional Leaders' Forum

Western Regional Leaders' Forum (WRLF) is an annual event hosted by one of the 13 Western states. Adult and youth 4-H leaders from the Western states gather to:

  • Learn about new skills and ideas to implement in their 4-H clubs and groups back home
  • meet other 4-H leaders and staff from around the West
  • re-energize, get motivated and share enthusiasm about 4-H youth development
  • participate in workshops, tours and special events
  • recognize outstanding leaders for their efforts
  • find out what's new in current 4-H projects and trends in youth development
  • have fun with other 4-H leaders

To find out more about the next Western Regional Leaders' Forum, visit University of Idaho 4-H.

4-H Congressional Caucus

Encourage your congressional representatives to participate in the 4-H Congressional Caucus. U.S. Congress representatives can learn more about what states are doing for our nation's young people through 4-H youth development. If your club or older members are looking for a citizenship project, encourage them to send letters or emails to their congressional representatives asking them to join the 4-H Congressional Caucus. Find sample letters and other information at: http://www.4hstateleaders.org/4HCaucus.aspx (link to Resources page, Volunteers section, Opportunities and Events sub-section)

4-H Expansion and Review Committees

4-H Expansion and Review Committees expand opportunities to all youth to participate in 4-H youth development programs. This committee can assist the county and/or area in setting priorities to meet the needs and issues of youth and families in communities throughout Nevada. One-third of the committee should be youth, and the committee should be representative of the county population.

Responsibilities of the 4-H Expansion and Review Committee include:

  • Strengthen the 4-H program to more adequately serve youth who have not had full access to the 4-H program
  • Help insure a balanced 4-H program that provides equal access and opportunity for all youth to participate regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, age, creed, veteran status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status or sexual orientation
  • Help local Cooperative Extension offices identify underserved groups
  • Compare 4-H youth development participant data with census and school enrollment data
  • Determine 4-H program needs and goals
  • Assess programs offered and their appeal to underserved youth
  • Suggest programs and marketing strategies that will attract under-represented youth
  • Assist in carrying out action plans
  • Make recommendations on 4-H program, policy and procedures to Cooperative Extension and local 4-H Council