National 4-H Congress
National 4-H Congress
National 4-H Congress is held annually in Atlanta Georgia. While at Congress, youth engage in community service, build personal development skills, experience hands-on teamwork activities and celebrate the outstanding achievements of 4H youth across the country.
WV delegates are selected to attend Congress through a resume and interview process.
Who can apply:
Youth delegates must be between 14 and 19 years old.
Begins Friday after Thanksgiving.
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.