National 4-H Conference annually brings 4-H youth and adults from around the nation to work towards strengthening and expanding the 4-H Youth Development program at the local, state, and national levels. The Conference is the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program. The National 4-H Headquarters is charged with sharing the recommendations that emerge from the conference with the United States Secretary of Agriculture, National Extension Program Leaders, and others who determine 4-H programs.
Between 4-8 youth are competitively selected to attend the Conference as Minnesota youth delegates. Delegates engage in pre-departure Zoom webinars with other Minnesota delegates, then engage in a five-day working conference in the Washington, DC, area, where they will connect with over 250 youth from across the US, US territories, and Canadian provinces. Upon return, delegates will implement their Action Plan to make a positive impact on an issue of interest.
National 4-H Conference delegates will:
- Participate in a round table topic of their choosing that will focus on key topics such as: leadership, agriculture, education, and more.
- Participate in professional workshops.
- Meet with Members of Congress to discuss important issues relating to 4-H and/or Minnesota youth.
- Have a chance to network with youth and adults from across the country.
- Learn all about 4-H programming and think about ways to improve programming across the Nation.
- Develop an action plan that will be put to use in their own communities.
- Have fun!
The 2022 National 4-H Conference will be held Mar. 20-24, 2022.
Pre-departure meetings will begin in Jan. 2022 for selected delegates. See below for application information.
How to sign up
- Where: Virtual Zoom meetings and Washington, DC, area trip (housing location TBD)
- When: Meetings start in January, trip dates Mar. 20-24, 2022 (possible 1 day of travel on both ends)
- Who: Youth are competitively selected through an application process. Applicants must be current 10-12th grade Minnesota 4-H youth.
- The full cost is estimated at over $2400. This experience is partially funded by the University of Minnesota Foundation. Participants should plan to contribute approximately $1500.
- Many local 4-H programs provide financial support for these experiences. Contact your local 4-H office to inquire about funding and fundraising opportunities.
National 4-H Civic Engagement Event Informational Sessions:
Both events will cover the same information for National 4-H Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus.
- Jan. 9 - Online applications are due by 11:59pm
- Jan. 12 - Reference forms are due by 11:59pm
- Jan.20 - Applicants will be notified of status
- Jan. 30 - $500 deposit due
- Jan. 24 - 1st pre-trip meeting
- Feb. 22 - 2nd pre-trip meeting
- Mar. 1 - Remaining payment due
- Mar. 15 - 3rd pre-trip meeting
- Mar. 19-25 - Trip to DC (includes potential travel dates)
- TBD - Post-trip meetings, 1-2 meetings after return
The reference form is due by Jan. 12 at 11:59pm.
The application process includes answering a list of questions, recording a video response to a question, and securing a reference from a non-relative. It is preferred that you record your video in advance of completing the online application so you can submit a link or upload the file in the application.
This is typically a highly competitive application process - it is suggested that you plan in advance to apply.