Category Archives: Youth Leaders

National 4-H Conference

April 6-11, 2019

National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young
people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. National
4‑H Conference delegates engage in personal development experiences that increase their knowledge,
resources, and skills while they discuss topics affecting youth and 4‑H programming nationwide.
Delegates not only learn while at the conference: they are empowered to create positive social change in their
communities and have the opportunity to practice and apply their skills in a real-world setting. The delegates
choose an important societal topic and in round table groups prepare a briefing. During the conference, the
groups present their briefing to federal officials around the Washington, D.C. area. Delaware 4-H’ers in good
standing, currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school, are encouraged to apply.
Applications due: December 1, 2018

Delaware 4-H Youth interested in applying for this should visit the Delaware
4-H Website and follow the application procedures: 

National 4-H Council Internship Opportunities

Accepting Applications for 2019 Program Assistants
Do you know a college student who has a passion for government, history, political science, education, public speaking, or leadership? We are looking for individuals with a passion for working with young people. If this brings someone to mind, please encourage them to apply for the position of Program Assistant (PA) at the National 4-H Conference Center! Our PA’s impact the lives of thousands of students from all over the United States.Program Assistants:

  • Facilitate interactive learning with youth from all over the country in Washington, D.C.
  • Develop and refine teamwork skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in a fast-paced and fun environment
  • Become licensed D.C. tour guides
  • Live on campus and receive a bi-weekly stipend

Wonders of Washington Educational Program Assistants

WOW PAs work with multiple age groups and learn more about the non-profit sector and youth services through professional development exercises and opportunities.

  • The spring program begins in late-February and ends in early-June. Applications are due October 15, 2019
  • The fall program begins in mid-September and ends in mid-November. Applications are due May 31, 2019

Citizenship &  Leadership Washington Focus Program Assistants

CWF/LWF PAs develop and facilitate a unique program experience for over 1,500 4-H youth from across the country in Washington, D.C.

  • The CWF/LWF PA experience begins in mid-May and ends in late-July. Applications will open in December 2018 and are due January 31, 2019
If you know a college student looking for an internship or credit towards graduation, please share this email or have them contact Zach Hall at


Click here for more info and to apply



Your help is needed at the State Fair!


As you know, it takes an army to prepare for the State Fair.  We’re always recruiting! Please consider giving your time to assist in set up or break down of the 4-H building. We are always in need of adult volunteers.

Please see the below document on how you can help and then contact Maureen in the NCC Office to sign up!

Fair Help Info


Host/Hostesses Needed for the Fair

Sign up below:

State Teen Council Applications Now Being Accepted

The Goal of a Delaware 4-H State Teen Officer:
“Foster the development of youth and the 4-H program.”  As a role model for youth and a representative and spokesperson for the 4-H program, your job is to uphold the high ideals, values and moral standards of the Delaware 4-H program.

  • Officially represent 4-H to legislators, University of Delaware officials and other decision makers.
  • Function as a team member to plan and carry out leadership and community service projects, which involve 4-H membership at the club and county levels.

Term of Office
The candidates selected for the 2018-2019 cycle will serve in office from Saturday, July 28, 2018 through Saturday, July 27, 2019. Officers will be announced at the 4-H Awards Ceremony during the Delaware State Fair on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

State Teen Council Application 2018-2019

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunity for high school seniors:

The 1st State Antique Tractor Club is offering a scholarship. The deadline for application is April 15.

For details and application, please visit:


There are also 2 other scholarships with upcoming deadlines:

  • The Delaware 4-H Foundation Scholarship ~ Deadline 5/1/18
  • Daisy 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship~ Deadline 4/30/18

Applications/announcements are attached and are also updated on our website:


Finally, the deadline for the M. Katherine Jones Memorial Fund is July 1.

  1. The grant, in the amount of $300, known as the M. Katherine Jones Memorial Fund, is administered by the new Castle County Association for Family and Community Education.
  2. It shall be awarded to a New Castle County resident who has graduated or is graduating from high school, and has been accepted at an accredited Delaware college or university.
  3. The applicant should provide name, address, phone number and contact email (if you have one).
  4. The applicant must provide a statement of why he/she wants the scholarship.
  5. The applicant must provide a statement of community service and school accomplishments. If a member of a club such as 4-H, provide information about accomplishments as a member of this organization.
  6. The applicant must supply names and addresses of three references one of which may be a representative from the club/organization of which the applicant was a member.
  7. The applicant should arrange for a copy of the latest transcript (high school or college) to be sent to the chairperson of the memorial fund committee.
  8. The grant shall be a gift for one year.
  9. Reapplication in subsequent years can be considered.
  10. Application must be made by July 1 for the upcoming academic year.
  11. If no applicant is accepted for the academic year, the New Castle County Association for Family and Community Education may determine how the fund should be distributed.


Dear Student:

A competitive grant from the New Castle County Association for Family and Community Education is available to a New Castle County resident who has graduated or is graduating from high school, and accepted at an accredited college or university for the upcoming academic year.

If you are interested in applying for this competitive grant, write to:

Grace Owen

46 West Village Rd.

Newark, DE 19713

Your letter of application should include:

  1. Your contact information
  2. A statement about why you want the grant.
  3. Your aspirations for the future.
  4. Community service, school and club/group (like 4-H) accomplishments.
  5. The names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) references, at least one of whom should be associated with the club or organization of which you are a member.
  6. An official document of previous academic performance (high school or college transcript).

The application should be received by April 30 so that the grant can be available for the beginning of the upcoming fall semester.

Very truly yours,

Maria R. Pippidis

Family and Consumer Science Educator

New Castle County Extension Director



Ag Day

Ag Day is a community event hosted by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources that brings agriculture and natural resources to life.  4-H has a long standing presence at Ag Day and we are planning to have a 4-H tent again this year.

If your club would like to participate in the 43rd Ag Day, on April 28th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the University of Delaware Ag Campus, please follow these instructions:

  1. Fill out the 4-H Ag Day Registration form and return it to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, March 23, 2018. Do not fill out the online Ag Day form! All 4-H registrations will be handled by the NCC 4-H office.
  2. Please indicate what your club is interested in doing at Ag Day. You may check off more than one area. Please include a detailed explanation of what your club is planning to do.  We would like to have a variety of activities and educational programs highlighted, so knowing this information ahead of time will allow for this.
  3. Please tell us your space needs for the day. Though we will have the entire tent, we would like to utilize the space well. A standard exhibit includes 1 table (8 ft. x 30 in. x 30 in) and 2 chairs.  Please try to limit the amount of extra tables and chairs your club requests as much as possible; we will do our best to honor all requests.
  4. There is no cost for 4-H clubs! Because 4-H is an educational group and 4-H clubs are such an important part of Ag Day, there is no cost for Delaware 4-H clubs presenting educational exhibits, demonstrations, or activities at Ag Day.

Remember, registrations are due to the county 4-H office no later than March 23, 2018.  If you have any questions please call or e-mail Betsy at 831.8965 or Information about set-up for the day of the event will be sent to the club contact on the registration form.

We hope to see you at Ag Day on April 28, 2018!

2018 Ag Day Registration-4-H

Delaware State Fair Jr. Board Now Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30, 2017 for 6 two year appointments on the 12 member DSF Jr. Board. This opportunity is available to youth age 16-21 (as of 10/31/17). There are usually two members selected from each county. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Jr. Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of the Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place mid-October may be required.
An application can be obtained from the Delaware State Fair Web site or by calling the DSF office at 302-398-3629.

This link provides additional information and a direct link to the application:

Club Reports/Service Opportunities

Meado-Larks Club

Service Opportunity

As you know, much of coastal Texas has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Please consider raising funds or spearheading other relief efforts for your fellow 4-Hers in the affected areas. If your club needs assistance with coordinating with Texas 4-H, please contact our office at 302-831-8965 and we will assist you any way we can.


Leadership Opportunity for College Students

Applications are being accepted for the roundtable facilitator roles for the 2018 National 4-H Conference which will be held in Washington, D.C. April 7-12, 2018.  Application documents can be downloaded at!leadership-facilitators.

National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. Roundtable facilitators lead groups of 4-H teens through the development and facilitation of a briefing on an issue important to our nation.   The facilitators play an important role in the success of this civic engagement experience.  The facilitators also gain a tremendous amount of leadership experience, networking connections, and facilitation skills by serving in this role.   All college students with a desire to participate in this experience are encouraged to apply.

4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors Zoom Check-In Meeting

4-HAM Zoom Check-in Meeting
May 1     6pm
Monthly Zoom check-in call meeting with all Healthy Living Ambassadors. The call will cover all upcoming HLA news and events and will be an opportunity for asking questions and connecting with other HLA from across the state. This month we will be discussing upcoming Train-the-Trainers and planning out future projects. Participants may call in using a phone or they may download the Zoom app and use the video chat feature.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):
+16465588656, 511801997# or +14086380968, 511801997#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 511 801 997

4-HAM is the title for our 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors and Mentors Program that is just kicking off as of last month.

For more information on the Healthy Living Ambassadors, please contact Breanna Banks at

Junior Leader Weekend

Wanting to get away for the weekend and hang out with friends while learning valuable leadership skills? Jr. Council members have been planning an exciting weekend for 4-H members 13 and older at the 2017 Junior Leader Weekend!  Space is limited so register early.  Cost: $40.00.  Come, help plan Younger Member Weekend, gain new leadership skills, work on a community service project and have fun working with other New Castle County 4-H teens. Form is due back to the office February 17.

Jr. Leader Weekend Registration Form

What to bring to Jr. leader weekend


Winter Workshops Are Filling Up! (Don’t miss out!)

The start of February’s 4-H Winter Workshops is a little over a week away and workshops are filling up quickly!

We also have a couple of workshops that could use a few more people.

Workshop descriptions and a registration form can be found HERE. Scroll down the page to 2017 Winter Workshops.

Please sign up ASAP. The instructors need a final head count so that they can gather the necessary supplies for the workshop in a timely fashion.

If you have further questions, please contact Serena at                     302-831-8965 or