4-H Congress

4-H Emblem

National 4-H Congress is an award program, which provides recognition to 4-H youth for their outstanding performances and achievements in 4-H. It is held annually in Atlanta Georgia.

The purpose of National 4-H Congress is to:

  • provide youth a high quality, relevant educational and cross cultural experiences not otherwise obtainable within the state.
  • provide an experience focused on current themes of high interest to youth.
  • respond to the diversity of needs and program priorities from state to state.
  • create a learning environment comfortable for youth coming from diverse backgrounds and program experiences.
  • involve youth as full partners in planning, implementing and leading the program.
  • "salute" the contributions that youth currently do and make in their communities now and in the future.
  • enhance visibility for the 4-H youth development program and Extension.

Nebraska can send delegates to National 4-H Congress each year. Nebraska delegates are selected for a trip to National 4-H Congress by submitting their 4-H Career Portfolio for state competition. Twenty-three applicants will be chosen for partial scholarships to attend National 4-H Congress. Alternates are also selected and may attend National 4-H Congress at their own expense.


Eligibility

Youth must be enrolled in 4-H to attend National 4-H Congress. All applicants must turn 15-19 during the calendar year in which the trip to National 4-H Congress is actually taken. 4-H'ers must have completed at least two years of a 4-H project in order to attend National 4-H Congress in that project curriculum area. The applicant must also be enrolled in a related project at the time of the application and remain enrolled through National 4-H Congress.

4-H'ers may only attend National 4-H Congress once. 4-H'ers attending National 4-H Congress are ineligible to win future awards to attend. However, if a 4-H'er was awarded a trip to Congress and declined the award, they are still eligible to win future awards.

Applicants are selected for a trip to National 4-H Congress by submitting their Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio for state competition in one of eight curriculum areas. 4-H'ers can only represent Nebraska at National 4-H Congress in one curriculum area. If a member is fortunate enough to win in two areas, they must choose which curriculum area they want to be recognized in. Make sure first and second choices are marked on the curriculum area on the 4-H Career Portfolio entry sheet.

Application Process

To attend National 4-H Congress, 4-H'ers must complete a 4-H Career Portfolio and submit it for their County's competition. The portfolio must then be selected to represent the County at the State level competitions. 4-H'ers may submit two 4-H Career Portfolios. However, the two Portfolios must be completely different with different stories. 4-H'ers must designate their first and second choice curriculum areas on the 4-H Career Portfolio entry sheet. At the State level, 4-H Career Portfolio applicants will be selected to represent Nebraska at National 4-H Congress. 

Please see 4-H Career Portfolio for more information regarding applications.

Submission & Deadline

Please see 4-H Career Portfolio for information regarding submission and deadlines.

Selection

Twenty-three state level 4-H Career Portfolio applicants will be chosen to receive partial scholarships to attend National 4-H Congress. Alternates will also be selected and may attend at their own expense.

While 4-H'ers may submit two Portfolios for State competition in two separate curriculum areas, they can only represent Nebraska in one area. If a member is fortunate enough to win in two areas, they must choose which curriculum area they want to be recognized in. Make sure first and second choices are marked on the curriculum area on the 4-H Career Portfolio entry sheet.

4-H'ers attending National 4-H Congress are ineligible to win future awards to attend National 4-H Congress. 4-H'ers who win an award to attend National 4-H Congress and decline the award are eligible to compete for the same incentive in future years. However, there is no guarantee they will be selected in subsequent years.