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4-H Programs of Distinction Online Database

The 4-H Programs of Distinction are a collection of descriptions of high quality state and local 4-H youth development programs that:

  • exhibit strong program development and contribute to the youth development body of knowledge,
  • convey new ideas, materials, or innovative methods related to positive youth development,
  • represent long-term program efforts and impact data over an extended period of time, and
  • demonstrate changes in knowledge, behaviors, attitudes or aspirations of 4-H youth and adults.

Candidate programs can be submitted at any time.  Submission guidelines (PDF) outline the evaluation criteria, formatting requirements, and other specific instructions. A template will soon be developed for other mediums, including reports and media press kits. For more information, contact Shannon Bedo, Program Specialist, National 4-H Headquarters.

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