Recognition Opportunities

Recognition in 4-H is an acknowledgment and affirmation of the personal growth of an individual.

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It can be public or private. It can be within the individual or provided by others. Recognition in 4-H includes encouragement and support for learning and comes as a result of participation in educational experiences.

Recognition is one strategy to help youth become more capable and competent. It happens through recognizing and appreciating each person's effort and providing positive reinforcement to continue participating in learning activities.

Recognition in 4-H has several purposes:
  • Recognition can be a motivator for some young people to excel and take risks.
  • Recognition can foster self-appraisal skills, providing a strong foundation for each young person to engage in self-reflection and self-praise without the need for external rewards.
  • Recognition can encourage and support the efforts of young people as they engage in individualized learning, peer competition or cooperation.
  • Recognition, used in all its forms, can provide balance to the recognition young people receive as they move through our educational programs to increasingly difficult challenges.

2016 State 4-H Recognition Day

Award letters, information, and application evaluations / interview evaluations were mailed out April 27.  2016 Results

Application deadline was February 1, 2016, 11:59 PM (FIRM). All applications and materials must be submitted via electronic submission in JotFormPro by 11:59 PM on February 1, 2016. Each application has a date/time stamp and those received after midnight will not be considered. Youth applicant letters with Interview times and information was mailed March 4. 

4-H Recognition Interview Day was held on April 2, 2016 on the ISU Campus in Carver Hall.  A committee of 3--an Extension staff member, a volunteer, and a young adult who was in 4-H--evaluated the same youth's application and conduct their interview, equaling 6 evaluation forms per youth per application opportunity.

The number of review/interview committees needed depended on the number of applications received in each opportunity. Adults/Collegiate 4-H'ers: If you would like to be considered as a reviewer/interviewer for this recognition event, please contact Mary Kay Litzel.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open PDF files.

For more information on recognition opportunities and awards, please contact 4-H Recognition Day coordinator, Cayla Taylor-, 515-294-1877

1) Recognition Opportunities Available -- Qualifications
2) Organizing & Designing Your Application Material

Youth Interviewing Tips

2017 Recognition Opportunities will be posted in early November. The Application Deadline will be by online submission before 11:59 PM, February 1.  Recognition Interviews will be Saturday, April 1.

CLICK on each Header below for more information about each opportunity. 
Note: Each Opportunity's Application is unique.  

National 4-H Conference Information
National 4-H Conference is a week-long trip to our nation's capital.  Youth stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD with delegates from across the nation.  The goal of the event is for youth to share their perspective on the 4-H program with national leaders, including Congressional members. (Number of participants chosen contingent upon available funding in 2015-2016)

  • National 4-H Conference Application 
  • Conference Application Materials Eval. Form (PDF)
  • Conference Interview Eval. Form (PDF)


National 4-H Congress Information
This event is held over the Thanksgiving holiday each year in Atlanta, GA. The event includes dynamic keynote speakers, community service in the Atlanta area, workshops on leadership, cultural issues, and team-building. Delegates will also get a chance to tour the city of Atlanta. (Participation contingent upon available funding in 2014-2015)

  • National 4-H Congress Application 
  • Congress Application Materials Eval. Form (PDF)
  • Congress Interview Eval. Form (PDF)


State 4-H Council Information
This group of high school students works directly with Iowa 4-H Youth Development staff to represent the program across the state.  They speak to local 4-H groups, represent 4-H'ers ideas to staff, and work in committees to plan the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, 4-H'ers for 4-H campaign, and 4-H promotional ideas.   Meet this year's state 4-H council and learn more about their role here.

  • State 4-H Council Application
  • State Council Application Materials Eval. Form (PDF)
  • State Council Interview Eval. Form (PDF)



State Project Awards Information
4-H'ers who have focused on specific project areas during their 4-H experience can apply for recognition for their efforts through this program.  Awarded a $100 tentative award, 4-H'ers who have demonstrated mastery, leadership, communication, and service in their project will be recognized as the top in the state.  4-H'ers may apply under two project areas -- only one project area per year will be awarded. See information for rules.  [NOTE: Due to clerical error, Project #2 application questions are slightly different and out of order from Project #1 and the list given, also all have 300 word limit.]

  • State Project Award #1 Application 
  • State Project Award #2 Application
  • Project Application Materials Eval. Form (PDF)
  • Project Interview Eval. Form (PDF)


State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program Information
The 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program is designed to promote 4-H and specifically 4-H Shooting Sports. Youth selected to serve as Ambassadors will receive training to become advocates for the program at county, regional, and state levels. Through the program, Ambassadors develop their skills in leadership, public presentation, citizenship, community service, public relations and team building.

  • Shooting Sports Ambassador Program Application 
  • Shooting Sports Ambassador Application Materials Eval. Form (PDF)
  • Shooting Sports Ambassador Interview Eval. Form (PDF)

National 4-H Dairy Conference Information
4-H'ers active in the dairy project can apply for this annual conference, held in Wisconsin.   

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