One of the greatest benefits of being a 4-H member is the access it provides you to a wealth of events and activities at the district, state, and national level that help youth develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills.
District Contests– Youth (ages 9-18) from throughout the Southeast District gather to demonstrate their talents and practice public speaking and presentation skills. Contests include presentation, public speaking, talent, fashion, and art.
- Presentations: A presentation can be a demonstration or an illustrated talk. It is a way to show others how to do something or to teach others more about a subject. Depending on age, presentation times vary from 2-15 minutes.
- Science Presentation: Teams of 3 – 8 will present on a current problem that researchers, scientists, or engineers are currently using science to address. Teams will also create their own innovative solution to address the problem.
- Public Speaking: A speech about a topic that the member wants to share. Visual aids are not used. Depending on age, presentation times vary from 3-7 minutes.
- Share-The-Fun: Share-the-Fun encourages youth to discover and develop their talents and to develop confidence in performing before an audience. Acts may consist of one to four individual. Time limit is 4 minutes per act. Categories are: Vocal, Instrumental, Dance, Drama, Variety, Combination
- Fashion Revue: This event helps youth develop decision-making skills in making or purchasing apparel based on individual resources and needs. Category 1: Constructed garments Category 2: Purchased garments
- Visual Art Contest: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media or Fiber including a narrative written by the member.
2017 District Contests will be held March 18th from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the New Kent County Middle School.
Open to all youth ages 9-18.
Registration forms are due to the York/Poquoson Extension Office by 5:00 p.m. on March 1st. A $5.00 registration fee will be collected from each participant on the day of the contest. (Please do not include the registration fee with your registration form.)
State Level Events
4-H State Congress - Held every year on the Virginia Tech campus, high school students develop leadership abilities through participation in workshops, college tours, competitions, and recreational activities. State Congress is usually held in June.
Intermediate 4-H Congress - Held every year on the Virginia State University campus, middle school students develop leadership skills through fun and interactive workshops, demonstrations, and recreational programs. Intermediate Congress is usually held in July.
4-H Day at the Capital - Designed to enhance knowledge of governmental procedures, teens visit with legislators, observe the legislative process in action, and tour the Capital. Day at the Capital is typically held in February.
Teen Excellence in Leadership Institute - A multi-event experience held throughout the year in which teens develop a personalized action plan for engaged leadership and design a team project to address needs in their communities. Teens must apply to the program and applications are usually due in September.
State 4-H Cabinet - Comprised of elected teen officers from throughout the state, cabinet members plan state-wide 4-H programs and advocate for 4-H with elected officials.
4-H All-Stars - 4-H All Stars is an honor/service organization. Membership in 4-H All Stars is the highest recognition that a Virginia 4-H'er can achieve. Virginia 4-H All Stars is service oriented, and volunteer operated. The All Star's goal is to contribute to positive youth development through "service" to the 4-H program of which they are a part.
Specialty 4-H Camps - The six 4-H Educational Centers in VA offer day and overnight camps to youth throughout the state all year long. Camps include Cloverbud, Teen Weekends, Science, Horse, Shooting Education, Marine Science, and more!
National Level Events
Citizenship Washington Focus - A week-long citizenship program for high school students that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Washington D.C.
Leadership Washington Focus - A week-long leadership program for middle school students that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
National 4-H Congress - Held in Atlanta, GA, National Congress provides teens a week of leadership workshops, service learning projects, motivational and keynote speakers, and fun recreational programs. Outstanding 4-H members are selected to represent Virginia at National 4-H Congress. Candidates for selection must be senior 4-H members in the current 4-H year who are able to demonstrate outstanding achievement as a 4-H member in the areas of leadership, citizenship, and personal development.
National 4-H Conference - A week-long civic engagement program in Washington D.C. in which delegates choose an important societal topic and present a briefing on the topic to officials in Washington D.C.