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Make the best better! Leadership is building relationships, being a good role model, and helping others.

Leaders influence and support others in a positive manner for a shared goal. Leaders aren't just elected. You can be a member of committees, small groups and teams. Learning about yourself and how you work with others is a key part of developing leadership skills.

  • Understand roles, attitudes, tasks and functions necessary for effective leadership.
  • Strengthen local 4-H units in leadership responsibility and encourage other youth.
  • Participate in program planning, development, and implementation; help recruit new members and leaders

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Each county may submit 3 entries total from 50249, 50250, 50251, 50252, 50523; 2 entries from 50254; 1 entry from 50255.

50249    Leadership 1

Create a binder portfolio with a minimum of four (4) completed activities each year from the areas noted below. Build upon your previous year’s work. Photocopies or original pages of the completed activities from the book should be included in the portfolio.

  • First Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Understanding Self; Communication; and Getting Along with Others, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Second Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; and Making Decisions, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Third Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Making Decisions; Managing; and Working with Groups, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.

50250    Leadership 2

Building upon your previous work, continue adding to your binder portfolio with a minimum of four (4) completed activities each year from the areas noted below. Photocopies or original pages of the completed activities from the book should be included in the portfolio.

  • First Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Understanding Self; Communication; and Getting Along with Others, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Second Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; and Making Decisions, plus one of exhibitor’s 
  • Third Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Making Decisions; Managing; and Working with Groups, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.

50251    Leadership 3

Building upon your previous work, continue adding to your binder portfolio with a minimum of four (4) completed activities each year from the areas noted below. Photocopies or original pages of the completed activities from the book should be included in the portfolio.

  •  First Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Understanding Self; Communication; and Getting Along with Others, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Second Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; and Making Decisions, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Third Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Making Decisions; Managing; and Working with Groups, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.

50252    Leadership Innovation Class

Open to youth who were at least 13 years of age on 9/1/16 and are enrolled in Leadership

Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through the Leadership project. Your exhibit should not fit in the other exhibit options for this project.   The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. Your exhibit should not fit in the other exhibit options for this project. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period.

50253    Leadership Clover Challenge

Open to 15- to 18-year-olds enrolled in the Leadership Clover Challenge Project who have completed Leadership Units 1, 2, and 3.

Exhibits in this category should go “above and beyond” what the 4-H project books cover and should represent an accumulation of years of project study. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. The completed Illinois 4-H Clover Challenge Agreement must be presented with the exhibit.

50255    Leadership Ready4Life Challenge

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Leadership project

Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.

50254    Leadership Group

Open to clubs and groups whose members are enrolled in Leadership 1, 2, or 3; Step Up to Leadership 1-4; or What’s Leadership?

Exhibit a display illustrating how your group has used the 4-H Teens As Leaders model effectively in your club, community, school, or state. Leadership activities might include planning, advising, promoting, mentoring, teaching or advocating for change. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. The display must be accompanied by 3 or more 4-H members at the time of the judge’s critique. Club members should make a 5- to 10-minute presentation to the judge. All club members present for the judge's critique should be able to discuss the project and answer questions. Only club members present for judging who participate in the actual critique and presentation are eligible for ribbons and premiums. Due to space limitations, exhibits are limited to 2’6” wide and 15” deep.