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Awards and Incentives

4-H uses recognition as one strategy to help youth become more capable and competent. It does this through recognizing and appreciating each person's effort and providing positive reinforcement to continue participating in learning activities. 4-H'ers experiences must be structured so as to incorporate opportunities to build positive esteem and self-reliance.

Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Stars are earned within the 4-H Club for a member's total amount of club activity.

Emerald Star is a rank awarded for a planned service learning opportunity implemented within the 4-H program or within the community. The Emerald Star is separated from any other star rank. It has been designed to give members a chance to plan and execute a goal from beginning to end. The Emerald Star is for older members, thirteen years of age or older, and who have completed one year in 4-H.

4-H Ambassador rank is the highest countywide 4-H achievement. As an ambassador, they visit other 4-H clubs; reach out to other organizations within the community; and attend and participate in the 4-H State Leadership Conference, 4-H County meetings, State or Sectional 4-H meetings and events, and other activities.

Scholarships 4-H is committed to promoting higher education, in part through offering financial assistance in the form of scholarships. Statewide scholarships are available, with help from donors, for graduating high school and college-attending students. For more information on scholarships call the county office.

Proficiencies encourage rigor and scholarship within project groups. Humboldt County recognizes members completing proficiencies at each of the four or five levels. Proficiencies also help guide project leaders in instruction. Members who attend County Awards Night & complete proficiencies are eligible for additional recognition.

The Golden Clover Awards recognize outstanding achievement of 4-H members, volunteers, and groups within the 4-H YDP. For more information go to http://www.ca4h.org/Resources/Members/GoldenClover/

State Ambassador are selected in order to act as State 4-H representatives to various local, sectional and statewide programs and activities; including providing public presentations, workshops and leadership development opportunities.  4-H State Ambassador are youth who have excelled in the areas of leadership and community service. For more information go to http://www.ca4h.org/Projects/Leadership/SA/

For more information about Awards and Pins visit http://www.ca4h.org/Resources/Awards/