4-H Portfolio Guidelines and Suggestions By Connie N. Lake County Extension Agent
Contents • Cover Sheet (name, age, date of birth, 4-H club(s), county, headshot photo, 4 x 6 action photo, etc.) – 5 points • Leadership Experiences – 35 points • Citizenship/Community Service Experiences – 35 points • Project(s) Experiences – 35 points • 4-H Story – 50 points • Support materials (photos, news articles, etc) – 20 points • Overall presentation – 25 points
Cover sheet South Carolina 4-H Portfolio Connie Lake 406 Kempson Bridge Road Saluda, SC 29138 Phone: (864) 445-8117 Date of Birth: 7/21/?? 4-H Age as of Jan. 1: 16 Club: Saluda 4-H Horse Club Saluda County 4-H
Leadership Experiences • Within the 6 pages of experiences • Include 4-H and non 4-H (as long as it is related ) Goals 2004 – To learn to recite the 4-H Pledge in front of an audience. 2005 - To run for an officer for my club. 2006 – Served as a volunteer teen leader for my 4-H Club. 2007 – Led a 3 day cooking class for 10 4-H kids in my community
Activities 2004 – Led the 4-H pledge at my club meeting. 2005 – Ran for the office of secretary in my 4-H club and spent $4.00 on my campaign. 2006 – Volunteered to served as a volunteer teen leader for my 4-H club. 2007 – Led a 3 day cooking class for 10 4-H kids in my community.
Knowledge and skills gained 2004 - Learned to recite the 4-H pledge and lead it in front of an audience. 2005 – Learned how to run for an office and present a campaign speech. 2006 – Learned how to assist the club leader as a teen leader for my 4-H club. 2007 – Learned how to organize, advertise, write lesson plans and lead a 3 day cooking class for younger 4-H kids.
Goals, activities, and knowledge gained MUST relate Goals 2004 – To learn to recite the 4-H Pledge in front of an audience. Activities 2004 – Led the 4-H pledge at my club meeting. Knowledge and skills gained 2004 - Learned to recite the 4-H pledge and lead it in front of an audience.
Leadership Examples • One on one teaching • Assisting at a club meeting • Speaking in front of a group • Office held or campaigned for • Demonstrations
Citizenship Experiences Goal 2006 – To help in establishing the 911 system in my county 2007 – To do something special for the elderly. Activities 2006 – Helped 3 elderly ladies put up their E-911 signs so that the ambulance can locate their home easier. 2007 – My 4-H club and I hosted a Bingo party for the patients at the Saluda Nursing Center. Knowledge and Skills Gained 2006 – Learned the importance of E-911 signs and how they help the ambulance service, 2007 – How young people and be a benefit to the elderly in their community.
Citizenship Activities • Activities with the elderly and handicapped • Activities for the homeless and needy • Activities for non-profit groups
Project Experiences Dairy Project Goals 2006 – To show a dairy heifer at the fair. Activities 2000 - Went to the 4-H Dairy Showmanship Clinic that was held at the Cattle Arena in Saluda. - Showed at the Saluda Fair -- Won 1st place in showmanship and 1st place in the Junior Calf class. Knowledge and Skills Gained 2006 - Learned to groom and show a dairy heifer. Goat Project Goals 2006 – To raise a wether goat through 4-H. Activities 2006 – Purchased a goat through the State 4-H Wether Project at $65.00. -- Purchased a registered doe and showed it at the Saluda 4-H Show winning $15.00. Knowledge and Skills Gained 2006 – Learned to properly care for and show a goat.
Goals 2006 – To show a dairy heifer at the fair. 2006 – To raise a goat through 4-H. Activities 2006 - Went to the 4-H Dairy Showmanship Clinic that was held at the Cattle Arena in Saluda. - Showed at the Saluda Fair -- Won 1st place in showmanship and 1st place in the Junior Calf class. 2006 - Purchased a goat through the State 4-H Goat Project at $65.00. - Purchased a registered doe and showed it at the Saluda 4-H Show winning $15.00. Knowledge and Skills Gained 2006 - Learned to groom and show a dairy heifer. - Learned to properly care for and show goat.
4-H Story • Limited to 6 pages • Font – 12 points, double spaced • Should reflect the impact that 4-H has had on your life and those around you. • Focus on the MOST meaningful experiences. • Tell how you apply what you have learned in 4-H to other parts of your life.
Part 1 • Introduce yourself • Age • Interests • Parents • Brothers and sisters • Where you live • Where you go to school • When and why you joined 4-H.
Part 2 • Tell about the each section of your portfolio • Begin with the most impressive activity; something with leadership and you most important project area • State how 4-H helped you learn things about this subject you didn’t know before, how your project grew in size and scope, and some things you tried successfully and unsuccessfully.
Part 3 • Highlight other 4-H projects and activities including major learning experiences, special interests and unusual situations you encountered.
Part 4 • Leadership stories • Citizenship stories • How 4-H has increased your interest and participation in community affairs.
Part 5 • Career goals • 4-H’s influence in your career choice • 4-H’s effect on you as a person
Support materials • 6 page limit • List a summary of award and recognition that you have received. Do not repeat what is already in other sections • Variety of support materials • Photos • Awards (ribbons, certificates) • Newspaper clippings • Drawings • Articles that you wrote, etc • Scrap booking style is acceptable
Support Material • 2005 • Won first place in showmanship at the Saluda 4-H Shows in dairy, swine and goat competition. • At the Saluda 4-H Swine Show, my heavy weight pig won Reserved Grand Champion.
Overall Presentation • Package should be neat • Bound into a folder/notebook or the Green folder from National 4-H Supply Source Book • 24” x 24” size limit • Label in the bottom left corner