4-H Volunteer Training Series: Recognizing Young People
4-H Trophies.
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honors and awards
youth organizations
4-H clubs
volunteer training


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Bender, Georgene, Geralyn Sachs, Sarah Hensley, Andrew Toelle, Kelsey Cook, Marnie Ward, Shayla Reighter, Dallas Meringolo, and Courtney Quirie. 2024. “4-H Volunteer Training Series: Recognizing Young People: 4H370, Rev. 5/2024”. EDIS 2024 (3). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-4h370-2024.


Developing a sense of belonging is one of the Essential Elements of a positive youth development experience. Creating an inclusive environment in your 4-H club programs and activities can help you achieve this goal. Providing many forms of recognition for all, not just for those who excel in competition with other youth, supports this sense of belonging.

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National 4-H Recognition Model Design Team. (1993). 4-H Youth Development Education: A National Model for Recognition in 4-H Programs, National 4-H Council and 4-H Youth Development. Washington, D.C.: Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

NIFA/National 4-H Headquarters. (2015). National 4-H Headquarters Fact Sheet: Kindergarten-3rd Grade Programs in 4-H. Retrieved from https://lincolncountysd.org/DocumentCenter/View/784/Cloverbuds-Fact-Sheet-PDF

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