Award Applications

Gold Star Application

  TEXAS 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

GOLD STAR GUIDELINES 

The Gold Star Award is the highest achievement award given by the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program through the county 4-H Program.  The Texas 4-H Gold Star Award can only be awarded once in a member’s 4-H career.

As the highest awarded given by the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program, County Offices and Agents are ask to maintain a high level of integrity and honor through their selection process of county Gold Star recipients.  At the MINIMUM, the following guidelines should be used in the eligible and selection process for each county:

  • The member must have at least completed, or be completing their 9th grade school year at the time of application, and must have completed at least 3 years in 4-H, including the current year.
  • The Texas 4-H Gold Star Award can only be awarded once in a member’s 4-H career.
  • The 4-H member must have completed projects in at least three different project areas, submitted appropriate record forms, and have participated in one or more activities in at least three of the following areas:
  • Projects and/or Project Exhibits
  • Participation in Leadership Experiences such as Leadership Labs, Texas 4-H Congress, or National Leadership Events such as National 4-H Congress/Conference.
  • Competitive Events (judging, educational presentation, public speaking, food show, quiz bowls, etc ).
  • Citizenship activities
  • Camps at the county, district, or state level.
  • 4-H Promotion (speeches, poster displays, radio, TV, newspapers)
  • Other (includes exchange programs, fundraising)

Note: The requirements for projects and activities do not all have to be completed in the current year. They may have been accomplished over the entire period of time the person has been in the program.

  • The member must have exhibited leadership skills by serving as a 4-H officer or committee chairman (club, county, district or state), and/or as a junior or teen leader in an activity or project with or under the supervision of an adult volunteer leader.
  • The 4-H member must have participated in one or more community service activities. Examples include providing leadership to a One Day 4-H project, working with or counseling junior 4-H members; participating in community service projects (individual, group or club); and motivating other 4-H members through participation in demonstrations, projects and/or exhibits.
  • The 4-H member MUST SUBMIT AN TEXAS 4-H RECORDBOOK in the year they are to be considered for the award.

County 4-H Program may have additional requirements for applying for the Texas 4-H Gold Star Award.  This may include additional participation requirements, application(s), interview, and/or home/project visit. Check with your county Extension Office for other requirements and timelines for awards.


Silver Star Application

TEXAS 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Silver STAR GUIDELINES 

The Silver Star Award is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements by 4-H members who are 12, 13 and 14 years old as of August 31, 2012.  The member must have been in 4-H for at least two years.  The 4-H member must submit a 4-H Awards Program Recordbook.  The awards will be presented annually, and a 4-H member may only receive this award once.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Must be 12, 13 and 14 years old as of August 31, 2012.
  1. Must have been in 4-H for at least 2 years.
  1. The Silver Star Award will be presented to the most deserving intermediate member without regard to gender.
  1. The 4-H member must submit a 4-H Awards Program Record Book in the year he or she is to be considered for the Silver Star Award.
  1. The 4-H member must have completed four different project areas during their 4-H career.
  1. Must have participated in various 4-H activities, community service, and leadership

Judging Procedures:

  • a check of award eligibility and required application materials
  • judging of the awards application
  • an interview with a panel of judges

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Bronze Star

TEXAS 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

BRONZE STAR GUIDELINES 

The Bronze Star Award is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements by 4-H members who are 8 years old by August 31, 2013.   The 4-H member must submit a 4-H Awards Program Recordbook. The 4-H member may only receive this award once.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Must be 8 years old as of August 31, 2013.
  1. Must have been in 4-H for at least 2 years.
  1. The Silver Star Award will be presented to the most deserving intermediate member without regard to gender.
  1. The 4-H member must submit a 4-H Awards Program Record Book in the year he or she is to be considered for the Silver Star Award.
  1. The 4-H member must have completed four different project areas during their 4-H career.
  1. Must have participated in various 4-H activities, community service, and leadership

Judging Procedures:

  • a check of award eligibility and required application materials
  • judging of the awards application
  • an interview with a panel of judges

I Dare You Award

TEXAS 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

“I DARE YOU” Award 

This award is given to the two most outstanding 4-H members “who have demonstrated qualities of constructive leadership and who have been well balanced on the four-square basis of healthy physical habits, an alert and ever growing mind, an outreach of friendship and constructive social relationships within the home and community and, above all, character” as specified by the awards originator, William Danforth.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrate qualities of constructive leadership
  • Well balanced on the four-square basis of
    • Healthy physical habits
    • An alert and ever growing mind
    • An outreach of friendship and constructive social relationships within the home and community
    • character

Requirements:

  • Be in grades 8-13
  • Completed the four basic requirements of all 4-H achievements
    • Attend 70% of meetings
    • Gave a public presentation (at the club, county, or state level)
    • Participated in the 4-H fair
    • Completed a Project Record Book
  • Written recommendation from 4-H leader or another adult who is not a family member
  • Completion of the attached application

 

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