National 4-H Conference
Held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Oregon delegates meet new friends from every state and territory when they attend the National 4-H Conference each year. High quality workshops help teens expand their leadership skills. In ‘issue groups’ delegates work in teams, conduct research, and do creative problem-solving. The result is a professional presentation of youth voices responding to a question posed by a federal agency. They gain a new appreciation for the rich history of the United States and for the function of its government system. These are youth voices in governance. This is citizenship is action.
Impact of your contribution:
- $1,000 will provide a stipend to a 4-H volunteer to coordinate the National 4-H Conference delegation. This volunteer stipend will greatly enhance the current staffing, and provide short-term, enthusiastic support for this national experience.
- $2,500 will supplement the delegate’s deposits to fund the travel expenses to, from, and around Washington D.C.
- $5,000 will support the registration fee for six (6) Oregon delegates to participate, doubling the average number of annual Oregon delegates who are supported, and in particular, expanding the diversity of the delegates who benefit from this outstanding experience.
- $10,000 will support Oregon 4-H delegate’s work when they return to Oregon following this national experience by funding ‘citizenship’ curriculum, supplies, and experts to use while teaching civic engagement and expanding citizenship experiences in 4-H clubs in every county throughout Oregon.
The Oregon 4-H "Youth Voices in Governance: Experiencing Citizenship" Conference
Modeled after the National 4-H Conference, all 4-H teens and their friends may attend the Oregon 4-H conference, "Youth Voices in Governance: Experiencing Citizenship" in Salem each year during Spring Break. They learn at the Capitol, meet policy makers, and practice writing, presenting and debating proposed legislation. They use their voices as each youth team addresses one of ten questions that have been posed by a state agency or university. The teen presentations to state decision-makers have an impact on the lives of Oregon youth and on the perspective of Oregon agency representatives.
Impact of your contribution:
- $1,000 will sponsor an inspirational speaker to motivate diverse Oregon teens.
- $2,500 will provide participation scholarships for more than 15 teens from culturally diverse backgrounds and geographically diverse locations to learn skills to be civically engaged.
- $5,000 will sponsor 2 lunches at the Salem Convention Center which results in keeping the registration fee affordable for more Oregon families.
- $10,000 will provide about half of the cost of commercial bus transportation from 4 locations in Oregon to enable more rural teens and chaperones to ‘experience citizenship’ at a reasonable cost
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
As a self-selected learning opportunity, any 4-H youth (and their family) may choose to attend the annual Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF). CWF is a national experience in and around Washington, D.C. Youth and/or families stay at the National 4-H Center, attend educational workshop at the Center, and join other states on tour buses to have an in-depth educational experience around the national monuments, museums, plantations, parks, Library of Congress, and the Capitol Building. The individual cost is approximately $1,200 plus the cost of transportation from the West Coast to the East.
Impact of your contribution
- $1,000 will provide a stipend to a 4-H volunteer to coordinate the annual CWF delegation, from registration and delegate orientation process to travel arrangements and communication with families
- $2,500 will hire a part-time staff to focus on the year-long planning cycle necessary for CWF, as well as to support all other state and county citizenship programming
- $5,000 will provide scholarships for Oregon 4-H member applicants which would supplement the registration fee and expand the number of delegates who could benefit from this experience
- $10,000 will supplement registration fees for a select group of Oregon 4-H members, and provide financial assistance for that group of 15 4-H members to be selected as an Oregon Citizenship Ambassador Team, to: (a) develop a promotional campaign for CWF and other citizenship opportunities, (b) lead citizenship workshops at state, multi-county and local club levels; (c) teach and mentor others to become civically engaged; and, (d) expand citizenship experiences in 4-H clubs in every county throughout Oregon.
Opportunities for Support