Youth Delegate Information
Download the 2013 National 4-H Conference Handbook
2013 Round Table Briefing Materials
The delegates of 2013 did a fantastic job in their briefings to our federal partners. See below for their presentations.
Preparing for Conference
National 4-H Conference is a working conference - and the work begins before delegates arrive. There are two areas delegates should be educated about to prepare for the conference; their round table topic and information about 4-H.
Round Table Topics
At the conference Youth Delegates will explore current issues affecting youth and the role 4-H can play in addressing those issues. Each youth choose their round table topic before they arrived for conference. During the conference, youth will develop a presentation on their findings/discussions to be shared with a federal agency’s key decision makers.
Delegates need to study the information sent to them by National 4-H Conference about their round table topic. They can also research their topic within their state. This preparation will allow them to jump into the topic discussion and bring perspective from their state on their topic.
Information About 4-H
Delegates should be well informed about their local 4-H program, local/state 4-H demographics, 4-H programming within the state, the role of Cooperative Extension and the land-grant university in 4-H, and most importantly, the basic history and structure of 4-H.
Delegates can use this list of Recommended Questions to better prepare themselves for information sharing at Conference. Responses will not be collected; the goal is simply for delegates attending National 4-H Conference to come better informed about their 4-H program.
Selection of Youth Delegates
4-H National Headquarters extends an invitation on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture, to the more than 100 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities across the U.S. and U.S. Territories to send a delegation to the National 4-H Conference. Each land-grant institution has a process by which it selects delegates to represent their 4-H program at the National 4-H Conference. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a delegate, contact your land-grant college or university's State 4-H Program Office.
Each delegate to the National 4-H Conference will need to be registered for the conference. Each land-grant institution has a designated conference delegation coordinator who manages the registration process for their delegation. Completed and signed forms should be returned to the delegation coordinator at the State 4-H Program Office. Delegation Coordinators will process individual registration as part of the state delegation.
Find more information on how to register and appropriate forms, on the Registration page.