November 29th - December 3rd, 2019
“Become a Catalyst of Change ”
National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program. For 90 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in this youth leadership development conference. The Congress provides youth with a quality educational and cross-cultural experience that exceeds what any state independently provides. It is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while helping to develop capable, competent, and caring citizens.
About 75 youth representing University of Wisconsin Extension-4-H Youth Development attend this annual event. Delegates are selected at the county level, usually through an application and interview process. Applicants must be in 10th-12th grade at the time of application; maximum age for attendance is 18 on January 1 of the year of travel.
Approximately 1300 members of 4-H Youth Development Programs from around the country and Puerto Rico gather to learn new skills in leadership, community service and multi-cultural integration. In addition to attending assemblies and workshops, they participate in discussion groups on issues facing our country today and moderate a town hall meeting at which they share the results of those discussions.
Also, delegates participate in hands-on projects during a day of community service as they learn how to work with others to help individuals and organizations in a community improve themselves. The networking skills that youth gain during the event will help them in their after-conference work in addressing youth needs in their community and state through reporting back and coordination of educational and service programs.
See the National 4-H Congress page for more information.