State Council Applications and Information
Individuals who express an interest in applying can submit their application directly to the state 4-H office by July 1. Interviews will be conducted at 4-H State Achievement Days by a panel of judges. An open call for interview spots will be made available to interested individuals at 4-H State Days. (On-site applications must be completed by 6:00 PM on Tuesday evening. Interviews will be scheduled for Wednesday.) 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 (interviews and 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 2013-2014 team will follow at a designated time by Council advisors.
The interview panel at State Days will choose the individuals’ best suited to serve on the State Council team via this process:
- Written application
- Presentation (any 4-H related topic of interest, no more than 10 min in length)
- Speech (no more than 1 min in length)
- Peer vote
A voting ballot will be opened (voting station near State Days headquarters) immediately following the speeches at 4-H State Achievement Days (Wed) 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 on Thursday.
*Please note that there is no limit on how many youth may apply per region. The maximum amount of youth per region that can be accepted to serve on council is 3. 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: 16-19
- Members of the State 4-H Leadership Program Team
- State 4-H Program Leader
- Past Council team members
- State Council Advisor/s