National 4-H Congress

November 26-30, 2021 – tentative

2020 National 4-H Congress has been cancelled – registered delegates should check their email for more information.

What is National 4-H Congress?

National 4-H Congress is a five-day Educational Experience held in Atlanta, GA. Congress is the premiere nation-wide event for 4-Hers to network with others from around the country, Canada, and Puerto Rico. While at Congress, 4-Hers engage in leadership, citizenship, global awareness, and inclusion. Here are just some of the activities delegates will partake in while at National Congress:

  • Educational Workshops: Varying from sessions like “Farm to Fork-Teaching as Service Learning,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Social Media in Our World,” and “The Healthy Gourmet,” there’s bound to be a state-of-the-art workshop for everyone!
  • Exploring the city: With educational trips to museums, theaters, and Centennial Olympic park, delegates will get to broaden their appreciation for the arts and many historical events in America.
  • State and Congress-wide meetings: Delegates will be given time to reflect on their recent experiences as well as put their new skills to use!
  • International Events: Let’s take a trip overseas! With a night of international dinner and entertainment, delegates will expand their knowledge on the culture, food, and art of countries from around the globe!
  • Community Service: Delegates will be split up to serve various parts of downtown Atlanta to give back and experience what it feels like to have a positive impact on a community!
  • Educational Tours: Whether delegates are learning about the hottest attractions in “Hotlanta,” exploring the CNN News Worldwide Headquarters, learning about the historical events of the south, visiting the College Football Hall of Fame, walking around the aquarium or exploring the zoo, delegates will get a little taste of what there is to experience in Atlanta!
  • World-Renowned Speakers: In previous years, delegates have heard from Miss America, top-ranked motivational speakers, Miss Delaware and alopecia areata hair loss patient, and holocaust survivors.
  • National 4-H Congress Gala: To close out the experience, delegates will have a formal dinner and ceremony with some special guest appearances.

National 4-H Congress is an experience like no other! Upon leaving, delegates will have had the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the world, the United States, and network with others from across the country. They will gain many new connections that will last a lifetime. We hope to see you at National 4-H Congress in the near future!

Questions about National 4-H Congress that you can’t find the answers to on this website? Feel free to contact Justin Lieck, Educational Programs Assistant at justin.lieck@wisc.edu or 608-263-5971.

Additional Information

Be one of the 1,300 members of America’s 4-H Youth Development Programs to learn new skills in leadership, community service and multi-cultural integration.

During National 4-H Congress, you will:

  • attend assemblies and workshops
  • participate in discussion groups on today’s issues
  • moderate a town hall meeting to share discussion results
  • participate in hands-on community service projects
  • learn how to work with others to help individuals and organizations in a community improve themselves
  • gain networking skills to help address community needs back home

Delegate Requirements:

  • 4-H members in 10th-12th grade at registration; maximum age 18 as of January 1, of the year of travel
  • carry county approval through trip
  • youth can attend National Congress only once as a delegate

Costs:

  • Cost is approximately $1,200.
  • The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation sponsors a portion of the cost.
  • Many county 4-H Youth Development programs provide partial local sponsorships. Check with your county 4-H program.
  • The remaining amount is the delegate and his/her family’s responsibility.

Applications:

  • Contact your County 4-H Youth Development Agent about county funding opportunities.
  • Registration is open in 4HOnline from June 15-July 15, 2021.
  • Check the National 4-H Congress website for a Delegate Handbook and other information. Also be sure to visit and like their Facebook page here.

Leadership Positions:

Several leadership positions are available for delegates to apply for. They are:

  • Youth Leadership Team: delegates work with others from across the country and help to lead assemblies, work with Congress staff, and help make Congress run smoothly.
  • State Flag Bearer: represents the State on stage during the opening ceremony carrying the State Flag.
  • Youth Delegate Advisor: works closely with Wisconsin’s adult advisors to lead nightly meetings and be a role model for other delegates. Position description available here.
  • Congress Teen Entertainer: showcases their talent in front of the everyone at a nightly assembly.

2021 National 4-H Congress Program Description (available soon)

2021 National 4-H Congress Promotional Flyer (available soon)

Registration

Registration Timeline (2021)

  • June 15-July 15, 2021 Delegates Register on their 4HOnline Accounts
  • Early June Confirmation Letter and Roster Sent to Participants & Educators
  • June/July: Postmark Due Date for all the Applications and Forms
  • August 1  Last Day to Withdraw Without Penalty
  • Early September: Letter to Participants Regarding Tour Reservation Information and Other National 4-H Congress Reminder
  • Sep 29 Tour Reservations MUST be RECEIVED by the State 4-H Office
  • Oct. Adult Advisor Orientation Teleconference 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. Delegate Orientation Webinar 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Oct 31 Last Day to Withdraw Without Paying Full Registration Fee
  • BETWEEN Nov 1–7 Update your Health Form in 4HOnline
  • Early Nov. Letter Regarding Flight Information and Final Travel Information
  • Nov 26 Departure for Atlanta to participate in the 2020 National 4-H Congress!
  • Nov 30 Return to Wisconsin
  • Dec. 11 Postmark Due Date for Youth Design Team Applications for 2021 National 4-H Congress.

Registration Instructions

Available soon – 4HOnline 2.0 updated event registration instructions.

Delegate Information

What Should Delegates Expect?

  • Participate in a mandatory Zoom orientation one month before the experience.
  • Travel via plane to Atlanta, Georgia and stay at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
  • Meet other passionate 4-Hers from across the country.
  • Engage in seminars around the arts, service learning, healthy living, and more.
  • See Atlanta on specific sight-seeing educational tours.
  • Visit the CNN Center, World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, The Georgia Dome, and more.
  • Hear from renown speakers including Miss America, Secretary of Agriculture, and additional motivational speakers.
  • Wear casual, professional, and semi-formal attire for various events.
  • Identify ways that you can make a positive impact in your home community from the tools you gained during National 4-H Congress.

Delegates receive registration materials and information from their county 4-H program or from the State 4-H Office in a broadcast email.  Delegates may check the National 4-H Congress website for a Delegate Handbook and other information. Also be sure to visit and like their Facebook page here.

Registration for National 4-H Congress opens in 4HOnline starting at midnight on June 1, 2021 and closes on July 1, 2021. See the registration and information packet below for more details.

Adult Advisor Information

National 4-H Congress adult advisors are selected in July after an submitting an application and possibly conducting an interview. Adult advisors are Wisconsin 4-H volunteers who are selected based on a mix of experience, strength of reference, and gender needs. Please see the application below for more information.

What are the expectations of Adult Advisors?

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition to withstand rigors associated with the program. Expect much walking on hard surfaces, handling luggage, and sharing a sleeping room. Sleep deficit is common.
  • Public speaking is required.
  • Adult leaders must work cooperatively with fellow Adult Advisor Team Members and remain with the delegation at all times during the program.
  • Adult leaders are required to submit a report and evaluation upon completion of the program.
  • Participation at scheduled teleconference or in-person orientations is mandatory.

How do I apply?

Applications are done online through your 4HOnline profile on the events page under “2020 Educational Programs Adult Advisor Application”. If you need help finding the application, this document will help.

A complete application must be submitted to WI State 4-H by 4:30pm February 15. A reference is required, you can find a copy of the reference form here. A phone interview may also be conducted. All applicants will be notified of their status in early March (except for National Congress, notified in July). If you would like a paper copy of the application, please contact Justin at justin.lieck@wisc.edu or 608-263-5971.

Each program has a different focus with different desired attributes for leaders. If someone doesn’t fit into one position, they might be great elsewhere. If you are not selected this year, please don’t be discouraged! Apply again next year!

More information can be found on the Adult Advisor Page.

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