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National 4-H Congress

Selection of National 4-H Congress Delegates

The selection process for National 4-H Congress in Atlanta is held during Older Members Conference in June of each year. A West Virginia 4-H Resume must be submitted for consideration to attend.

Delegation size for Congress is limited to all that apply.

Who can apply:
Youth delegates must be between 14 and 19 years old.

November 27 - December 1, 2020

Atlanta, Georgia

There is significant cost for this event; however, most of the cost is covered through scholarship funds. We want to send the best candidates; therefore, cost should not be a factor in applying.

Dress Code:
In general, delegates wear “business casual” attire for daytime events such as assemblies, workshops, and round-table discussions. It’s especially important to wear or bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Detailed information on what to wear will be sent to those selected.

Resume Deadline:
Submit your resume by May 11, 2020 to be considered. The interview will be conducted at WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp during Older Members’ Conference in June. Participation in the OMC national events workshop is recommended but NOT required. Interviews may be conducted over the phone and even rescheduled for another date if there is a serious reason that the applicant is not available for interview during the week of OMC. We will attempt to do all interviews during OMC week or before. However, interviews conducted after OMC will most likely only be considered for National 4-H Congress.

Mail Resume to:

Rachel Meininger
618 Knapp Hall
P.O. Box 6031
Morgantown, WV 26506-6031

2020 National 4-H Congress Resume Form  Visit the National 4-H Congress Website

4-H’ers represent West Virginia in Atlanta during National 4-H Congress

Last November, thirteen 4-H’ers earned the right to attend the annual 4-H National Congress in Atlanta. The National Congress provides 4-H’ers with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in strong educational programming and represent something bigger than themselves while networking and experiencing a real-life conference.

Denis Scott played a part in the application process, which teaches applicants the skills required to get a job and shine in interviews. The applicants completed a 10-page application, complete with a personal statement and a resume that highlights their achievements within 4-H. Then, candidates put the leader development skills learned at Old Members Conference to the test in interviews that ask resume-based application questions.

“The application process taught me how to write a resume and showed me that I have a lot to be proud of and many contributions as 9-year member of 4-H,” said Shamberger, who was chosen to be the flag bearer for the mountain state during the 2015 event.

During the five-day event, participants attended workshops on topics ranging from the power of service learning to social media, completed community service through Habitat for Humanity, attended an international-themed dinner and spent a bit of time exploring Atlanta.

Each year, 4-H Faculty asks West Virginia’s participants if the experience was worth the work of the application process. However, he says the answer is always the same and this year is no different.

“It was absolutely worth the time I invested in applying and attending Congress. I gained confidence while learning the importance of pursuing my goals and always aiming higher,” said Shamberger. “I think all 4-H’ers should apply and take advantage of all the opportunities that 4-H offers.”

For more information on 4-H programs in West Virginia, visit our website.