National 4-H Conference

Arlington VA | April 2025


  • National 4-H Conference

This conference annually brings 4-H youth and adults from around the nation to work towards strengthening and expanding the 4-H Youth Development program at the local, state, and national levels. National 4-H Conference is the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program. The National 4-H Headquarters is charged with sharing the recommendations that emerge from the conference with the Secretary of Agriculture, National Extension Program Leaders, and others who determine 4-H programs. At the same time, the conference is a rich and meaningful experience for the youth and adult participants.

New Hampshire 4-H sends at least four teens, ages 15-18, each year.

Applications due October 1, 2024 to

Learn more about National 4-H Conference at their website!

Information You Need to Know

Criteria for Applying to National 4-H Conference

  • Must have attended at least (1) Teen Conference or (1) NH Teen Leadership Retreat.
  • Must be between the ages of 15-18 years old.
  • Must plan on being a part of the NH Teen Leadership Program for the 2024-2025 year (County Teen Leadership, 4-H Community Ambassador, 4-H STEM Ambassador, 4-H Ag-Ambassador or other similar leadership roles).
  • Priority will be given to current 4-H Community Ambassadors.
  • A 4-H member can only attend National 4-H Conference one time as a participant.



Application Process for National 4-H Conference

  • Application submitted by email to 4-H Teen Leadership Field Specialist by October 1, 2024.
  • (1) professional recommendation required.
  • Candidates will be selected by the 4-H Teen Leadership Field Specialist and chaperone team.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that have taken active leadership roles at the county or state level, especially as    4-H Community Ambassadors.



Creating Your Video for National 4-H Conference

  • Although it is the Extension team viewing your video, we want you to present as if you are making a pitch to a Federal Agency of your choice with the following prompts:
    • Name an issue you are passionate about, and which Federal Agency it is associated with.
    • Why is this issue important to you? Why is it important on the national level? On the local level?
    • How would you convince the adults that youth-voice is important to creating a solution?
  • Dress in business attire, as if you are pitching to the actual Federal Agency.
  • Your video should be 2-3 minutes long; use the "Anatomy of an Elevator Pitch" to help guide you.



When You Are At National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Conference delegates will:

  • Participate in a round table topic of their choosing that will focus on key topics such as: leadership, agriculture, crime, and more.
  • Participate in professional workshops.
  • Meet with legislators from their State to discuss important issues relating to 4-H.
  • Have a chance to network with youth and adults from across the country.
  • Learn all about 4-H programming and think about ways to improve programming across the Nation.
  • Develop an action plan that will be put to use in their own communities.
  • Have fun!



Trip Information

Chosen participants will travel to Arlington VA with 4-H advisors from New Hampshire.  All trip logistics will be handled by the NH 4-H State office from airport to lodging and return.  Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from the airport, as well as any meals outside of meals provided at the conference.  



A$300 Family Contribution is required for all National Award trip attendees, but this is not intended to be a barrier to participation. Please contact 4-H State Administrative Assistant should this fee present a challenge.


State 4-H Teen Leadership Program Manager
Extension Field Specialist, 4-H Teen Leadership
Phone: 617-875-3125
Office: UNH Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824