State Council Applications and Information
Individuals who express an interest in applying can submit their application directly to the state 4-H office by June 1, 2015. Interviews will be conducted at 4-H State office (tentatively June 20th) by a panel of judges In light of the district reorganization, the old regions will have the opportunity to fill 3 spots (instead of 2), maintaining the maximum Council capacity of 12. Please note: no matter the number of applications submitted from each region (1, 2 or 3) the position/s may remain vacant if the interview panel feels the candidate is unqualified; therefore there is a possibility that a region may have candidates interviewed but may not end up having a representative on the State Council Team. Those individuals selected will be inducted during the traditional green blazer/polo ceremony during the closing morning of State Days. This will make State Days the beginning (induction) of the Councils’ term and the ending (emcees and assisting in the organizing of the event, and passing the “torch”). Training for the new 2015-2016 team will follow at a designated time by Council advisors.
The interview panel will choose the individuals’ best suited to serve on the State Council team based on the following:
- Written application
- Presentation (any 4-H related topic of interest, no more than 10 min in length)
- Please note: After the initial interview/presentation phase, select candidates will be asked to continue with the council process at State Achievement Days. Those who were not selected are encouraged to reapply for council the following year.
- Speech (no more than 1 min in length) at State Achievement Days
- Peer vote at State Achievement Days
A voting ballot will be opened (voting station near State Days headquarters) immediately following the speeches at 4-H State Achievement Days each county may have two voting delegates regardless of size or population. Those delegates must vote that evening (between the specified hours) the ballots will be tallied by early evening and the results will be given to the application committee for review. The members of the team will then be selected and all applicants will be brought together for the results that evening. The members of the new council team will meet that evening (possibly missing some or the entire dance) and select the officers by the traditional PA 4-H selection process. The next morning the prior council team will retire and the new council and their offices will be announced and inducted at the awards ceremony.
*Please note that there is no limit on how many youth may apply per region. In addition to that, even though a region may have 5 candidates, the panel is not required to choose any of those youth for the Council team if qualifications are not to the highest of standards.
Age Requirement: 16-18
- Members of the State 4-H Leadership Program Team
- State 4-H Program Leader
- AEE and university professionals
- Past Council team members
- State Council Advisor/s