Participation

A first step in building self-confidence is to acknowledge 4-H members for their involvement in educational experiences. Clubs, groups and counties are encouraged to recognize additional forms of participation by 4-H members and volunteers. Creative ideas recognizing Clover Kids, new members and new families help welcome them into the 4-H program and create a sense of belonging and community.

Note: The remainder of the awards experience is not age appropriate for Clover Kids who need the freedom to explore their creative outlets. Children younger than eight cannot distinguish that they can be good at some things and not others. They tend to think in terms of all good or all bad. Using awards especially in competition is confusing and undermines their self-confidence. It is appropriate to start helping them understand or think about standards of excellence, but their performance should not be evaluated in relation to the standards. Recognition is important for Clover Kids, but it should be positive and non-competitive.

Participation incentives for various aspects of 4-H. This area of the recognition program connects closely with the essential elements of belonging and independence. See below for some great ideas to recognize young people, adults and groups in the area of participation.

Clover Kids

Membership pins

  • Y4815, White Year 1 Pin
  • Y4816, Black Year 2 Pin
  • Y4817, Red Year 3 Pin
  • Y4812, Membership Cards
  • Y4813, Pledge Poster
  • Y616, 4-H Sticker 

(order through Extension Publications)

  • Sponsor: 4-H Center for Youth Development and Missouri 4-H Foundation
  • Age eligibility: 5 to 7 years on Dec. 31 of the program year
  • Selection criteria: Children enrolled in and participating in Clover Kids
  • Goal: Acknowledge involvement in educational experiences; build self-confidence; bolsters a sense of belonging

Note: The remainder of the awards experience is not age appropriate for Clover Kids who need the freedom to explore their creative outlets. Children younger than eight cannot distinguish that they can be good at some things and not others. They tend to think in terms of all good or all bad. Using awards especially in competition is confusing and undermines their self-confidence. It is appropriate to start helping them understand or think about standards of excellence, but their performance should not be evaluated in relation to the standards. Recognition is important for Clover Kids, but it should be positive and non-competitive.

Members

Membership card

  • Y607, 4-H Membership Card 

(order through Extension Publications)

  • Sponsor: 4-H Center for Youth Development
  • Age eligibility: 8 to 18 years on Dec. 31 of the program year
  • Selection criteria: All 4-H members enrolled
  • Goal: Bolsters a sense of belonging 

4-H year completion

  • Y611, Completion Card 

(order through Extension Publications)

  • Sponsor: County 4-H program
  • Age eligibility: 8 to 18 on Dec. 31 of the program year
  • Selection criteria: 4-H members completing a 4-H year
  • Goal: Acknowledge involvement in educational experiences; build self-confidence; bolsters a sense of belonging

Award certificates

  • Y750, 4-H School Enrichment Certificate 
  • Y621, 4-H Award Certificate 

(Found on the Just for Staff page)

  • Sponsor: 4-H Center for Youth Development
  • Age eligibility: 8 to 18 on Dec. 31 of the program year
  • Selection criteria: Young people participating in educational events and school enrichment programs
  • Goal: Acknowledge involvement in educational experiences; build self-confidence

Volunteers

 4-H leadership completion certificates

  • S132, Silver Certificate (5 year)
  • S134, Gold Certificate (10 year)
  • S136, Pearl Certificate (15 year)
  • S138, Diamond Certificate (20 year)
  • S140, Emerald Certificate (25 year)
  • S142, Ruby Certificate (30 year)
  • S144, Sapphire Certificate (35 Year)
  • S146, 40th Year Certificate
  • S148, 45th Year Certificate
  • S150, 50th Year Certificate

 

  • Sponsor: 4-H Center for Youth Development and county 4-H program
  • Age Eligibility: Adult and teen volunteers
  • Selection Criteria: Completion of year of leadership in the 4-H program. Order information sent to county faculty by July 1.
  • Goal: Acknowledge leadership in the 4-H Program; bolsters a sense of belonging

Missouri 4-H Century Family

The Missouri 4-H Century Family award recognized 4-H families with a long, sustained involvement in the 4-H program.  Missouri 4-H families with a combined 100 years or more of membership and/or volunteer service in 4-H are eligible to be recognized.

The Missouri 4-H Foundation has more information.

4-H Hall of Fame

Missouri 4-H recognizes outstanding individuals for their service and dedication to 4-H by honoring them with membership in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame.

The Missouri 4-H Foundation has more information.

Groups

4-H Charter

  • S120, 4-H Club Charter

Order charters by sending the club name, county, and charter date (usually the first official meeting date) to Teresa Bishop at bishopta@missouri.edu.

The charter will be mailed to the youth faculty or staff sending the request.

  • Sponsor: 4-H Center for Youth Development
  • Age eligibility: Young people ages 8 to 18 enrolled in a 4-H club
  • Selection criteria: Enrollment forms on file at the county extension center
  • Goal: Acknowledgment that the club is a unit of 4-H youth development; bolsters a sense of belonging

4-H club kit

4-H and U.S. flag, 4-H pennant, motto banner, pledge banner, gavel and sounding block (a $75 value)
Click Here to Start the Application Process.

  • Sponsor: Missouri 4-H Foundation
  • Age eligibility: Young people ages 8 to 18 enrolled in a 4-H club
  • Selection criteria: Enrollment forms on file at the county extension center. County 4-H staff contacts the Missouri 4-H Foundation
  • Goal: Acknowledgment that the club is a unit of 4-H youth development; bolsters a sense of belonging

New member committee mentoring program

Establish a committee to develop a mentoring program for new members and families at the club level. The goal is to foster a sense of belonging so members continue in the program.

Additional ideas for participation

  • Proclamations from legislators (contact your legislator)
  • T-shirts (county)
  • Separate recognition night for volunteers (county)
  • New member committee mentoring program