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Let's face it; 4-H members work hard because it's the right thing to do. Working on projects helps us gain skills the world needs. Helping others helps us build better communities. The leadership we practice today will be needed in our careers tomorrow. So, 4-H is its own reward. And yet, it never hurts to hear the occasional "good job." That's why Illinois 4-H offers a wide range of recognition opportunities for every type of 4-H involvement.

Three Areas of Recognition:  Engage, Experience, Excel

  • ENGAGE...is the basic recognition a member receives just by being part of the program. There isn't any application process to win... you simply get it for being you! This recognition happens at your club and county program and might include things such as a welcoming message in the newsletter, a shout out on social media, a 4-H membership card, t-shirt, or other special treat.
  • EXPERIENCE...offers recognition for members who participate in activities and events. There is always lots you can do as a 4-H member ranging from club activities to national events. There is no limit to the number of members who can achieve each level... if you do the work, you get the award.
  • EXCEL...is where competition kicks in. At this level, you will be competing against other 4-H members for a very limited number of top awards. There is a chance you may win, and there is a chance you may not win. Be sure you understand that before you apply.

Any 4-H member, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or disability may compete in county and state 4-H award programs.

DOWNLOAD THE OVERVIEW and learn about all the award opportunities. The next State 4-H Award deadline is January 1, 2019. Applications must be submitted from your local Extension office, so check with your office for their deadline!! This deadline is for the following: State 4-H Awards, 4-H Experience Awards (Diamond and Emerald levels only), State 4-H Key Award, Illinois 4-H LCP Award, and State 4-H Veterinary Science Award.

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