Iowa 4-H CloverCast

Statewide 4-H Opportunities

July 01, 2020 Iowa State 4-H Council Season 1 Episode 3
Iowa 4-H CloverCast
Statewide 4-H Opportunities
Chapters
1:18
State 4-H Conference
7:09
State Recognition Day
11:38
State Project Awards
13:27
Animal Science Roundup
15:00
Iowa 4-H Legislative Day
15:28
Camera Corps
15:58
Iowa 4-H Foundation Youth Trustee
16:34
Other State Opportunities
16:49
Why you should get involved on the state level
Iowa 4-H CloverCast
Statewide 4-H Opportunities
Jul 01, 2020 Season 1 Episode 3
Iowa State 4-H Council

Ben, Lily, and Peyton are here on CloverCast: Sunburnt to talk about 4-H opportunities at the state level. On this episode, they share their experiences and insights at state events. These include the State Conference, State Recognition Day, and more! While speaking on their favorite events, they also include lots of insider information to help you when you hopefully participate in these opportunities for yourself. Be sure to tune back in on July 15th for the next episode where we will talk about National 4-H Opportunities. 

Resources (things mentioned in the show):

Goals of our podcast:

1. To provide a safe opportunity for State 4-H Council members to engage with other 4-H’ers around the state in lieu of the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. 

2. To reach current 4-H’ers and potential 4-H’ers through thoughtful, informational, and personal discussion centered around 4-H learning opportunities and experiences.

3. To provide State 4-H Council members the opportunity to grow themselves personally and professionally as they take part in and learn about each step of the podcast production process.

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Ben, Lily, and Peyton are here on CloverCast: Sunburnt to talk about 4-H opportunities at the state level. On this episode, they share their experiences and insights at state events. These include the State Conference, State Recognition Day, and more! While speaking on their favorite events, they also include lots of insider information to help you when you hopefully participate in these opportunities for yourself. Be sure to tune back in on July 15th for the next episode where we will talk about National 4-H Opportunities. 

Resources (things mentioned in the show):

Goals of our podcast:

1. To provide a safe opportunity for State 4-H Council members to engage with other 4-H’ers around the state in lieu of the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. 

2. To reach current 4-H’ers and potential 4-H’ers through thoughtful, informational, and personal discussion centered around 4-H learning opportunities and experiences.

3. To provide State 4-H Council members the opportunity to grow themselves personally and professionally as they take part in and learn about each step of the podcast production process.

[“Hey” Theme Music by Bensound]

Haley Jones: Welcome to CloverCast: Sunburnt. In this podcast, council members discuss 4-H opportunities, insight, and stories relevant to current 4-H’ers. Each episode will be hosted by different state 4-H council members and you can tune in every other Wednesday throughout the summer on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. This podcast is made possible by the partnership between the Iowa 4-H Foundation, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development. Now, here are today’s hosts:

Liliana Hill: Hi, I'm Liliana Hill from Hancock County and I am a nine year 4-Her.

Peyton Pangburn: Hi, I'm Peyton Pangburn from Worth County, and I'm also a nine year 4-Her. 

Ben Rima: And my name is Ben Rima. I am also a nine year 4-Her from Story County. We want to first off, thank you for tuning into this podcast. And today we'll be talking about state 4-H opportunities. So, a quick question for you, Peyton, um, what are, what comes to mind when you hear state recognition opportunities?

Peyton Pangburn: Well, I think the first one that we have to talk about a state conference, because the lack thereof is kind of the entire reason that we started on this podcast endeavor. And it's so sad because when I've went to State Conference, I went almost every year. There was one year I couldn't go because I was on another trip, but it's just a great way to connect with people for me. And like last year was probably my favorite because as an upcoming council member, I knew almost all of the, the red shirts and, um, it was so much fun because as newcomers, we got the chance to bond with old council members and our new council members. And then just with other people at the conference at both the dance, dances and the workshops, and it's also, it's just a lot of fun. And the best part is that it's customizable to your interests and your desires to gain from the experience, whether you want to invest in self-improvement, or information, or recreation. 

Ben Rima: How about you, Liliana?

Liliana Hill: For me, I definitely think of State Recognition Day, just because, um, with the state opportunity that State Recognition Day is where you start to get those opportunities. So, you go through the interview process and it can lead you down so many different paths. I know for me personally; I've done State 4-H Council and National 4-H Congress through recognition day. I've interviewed for both of those. What about you Ben? 

Ben Rima: So, for me, um, I also kind of go along with your answer with the State Recognition Day. Uh, personally, I've done a lot of state awards through photography, food, nutrition, and communication. I've also applied for the National 4-H Congress and State 4-H Council. Uh, this for me is a really impactful opportunity to state recognition day, just because not only does it help me improve my interview skills through chatting with the interviewers, and I guess being an interviewee, but also just helps to expand my communication skills and really just develop as a person through interviewing and communicating. Um, it's really impactful because through being awarded some of these opportunities and meeting people like on the State 4-H Council. I've not only made a lot of friends, but also been able to expand my skill sets and learn from others. So, going back to your question, your answer, Peyton, what do you, what is the state conference to you? Like what do you define that as? 

Peyton Pangburn: Well, state conference is usually a three-day opportunity, that's hosted at the Iowa State campus and Ames where you sign up for either a continuous workshop over two or three days, or you have three separate workshops. And there's lots of opportunities, some of them are more focused on, you know, like different aspects of 4-H or different aspects of your life. Some of them are just to have fun. 

A really popular one are the dancing ones. I know this past year, they actually made it a continuous workshop for swing dancing. And in the past, I’ve went and they tried to do Latin dancing, and it always turns into swing dancing anyway. So, um, you know, it's very, just customizable. I think that I was on camera core for it this past year, which is a continuous workshop. And then there's also, um, dances and a banquet. So, the first night, there was an outdoor dance on the rooftop of the Memorial union, which is more informal. It's just fun. It's kind of your first opportunity to relax during the day, and it's the last opportunity of the night. 

And then the next night, um, your first like full day at the conference, um, they have the banquet, which is where they recognize all of the awardees for, um, the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Um, Like 4-H’ers for 4-H campaign. And they also have reunion councils that are there for their 1, 5, 10-year reunions that all get to be there. And you have a bunch of other representatives from the 4-H community and then all of you, and then that's followed up by a dance, which is more formal, you know, most people show up in prom dresses or homecoming dresses to that event. And it's just, it's a nice way to, you know, have something different going on and then there's also speakers. 

So, there's usually, um, two speakers, one that you'll probably hear on the first day at your opening ceremony, and they're usually directed at being motivational. I know when I was there, we've had, um, somebody who was on survivor. We've had an American Ninja warrior, um, and there's, you know, entertainment and everything. So, it's just, it's just a lot of different opportunities and it's a lot of like learning experiences all packed into, into three days. 

Ben Rima: I also want to add on to the state conference. Um, one of my favorite aspects is just the time that we have in between attending the workshops. So, when the people gather in, like we call it the RCA courtyard, basically we have time to bond with the other people and meet, not only meet new 4-Hers, but play games with them and just get to know them. That's also a really great time to get the note of people. And then you'll probably see them a few more days and create friendships and interactions along with that. Um Liliana, do you have anything you'd want to add about State Conference?

Liliana Hill: State Conferences are really, um, just been a blast for me. Like, you know, you meet some of your best friends there. You're excited to go back every year and see them. And I know this year, we don't get the opportunity to do that, but we've still had opportunities to see each other, like I know state council members, we've zoomed, um, to catch up with each other.  And we have Snapchat, and we follow each other on Facebook and all other forms of social media. So, we're still keeping in touch. It just, it's not that facial, like that face to face interaction, but it's still, it's still been fun. Um, I’ve loved all the different opportunities you have there, you know, you, it's not something you'd get in your home county. Like I know I have never been to a dancing workshop in my county. And so it's really cool to see that that is an opportunity down there at state. 

Ben Rima: Um, so next up, we'll talk a little bit more in depth about the state recognition opportunities and the state awards within that. So, some of you may be wondering what is state recognition day? Uh, state recognition day happens in March and it's basically where the 4-Hers will come to interview for their applications for state recognition opportunities. So, some of these will be state awards, uh, the State 4-H council, National 4-H, Congress, and others. Um, some state awards would be photography, food, nutrition, uh, livestock awards, for example. And all of these currently are an interview process just to be awarded the, the award, I guess. But, um, this is a, it's a volunteer run event. So, there's a lot of volunteers basically that help run the entire event. And, um, it takes the, I guess, the applications to be selected for an interview are due February 1st. So that's the deadline that you need to have the application in. And recently I know this past year, it's been a written application and then all of the written applications for both the state awards for like food, nutrition, and livestock, and then also state council, all of those applications were kind of submitted and then filtered down to the finalists, and all of the finalists were awarded the interview. Uh, Peyton, would you like to answer on to this? 

Peyton Pangburn: I just think the most important thing was state recognition is you should never expect it to be the same thing twice. You know, I've interviewed for different opportunities all four years, and I've had everything from what I felt like was about as good of an interview I ever could have possibly had to, probably the stupidest thing I've ever said in my entire life in an interview. And I mean, it's kind of funny because, you know, when I applied for national conference, I had this one guy, and I thought he really liked me. And I was like, Oh wow. That went really well. I think I impressed him, and I got selected for that opportunity. 

And then, so, I came back the next year to reapply for national congress because you can't win both of those opportunities in the same year. And I happen to have that man again. And I thought, Oh great. This is going to be a breeze. He already knows me. He already likes me. You know, I'm a shoe in and there's no way I'm not going to get it. And I ended up not being selected for Congress. That just goes to show like, you know, you might know it, you might know them, you might recognize them. You might think that you've got it in the bag, but you should always, you know, just don't expect it to be the same thing twice. 

And on the same note on a, you know, maybe a better note, in a redemption note, I also had the worst council interview ever. My first year, there was no way I was going to get selected. I walked out of that and I was like, well, better luck next year. Cause there's no way that's going to happen. And I came back, and I was really paranoid that I might get some of the same interviewers and you know, like not stand a chance. I happened to actually have an interviewer who's from my County who I know pretty well. And that was really relaxing because I was super stressed about it. And I was really looking to redeem myself and, you know, get on because I really, really, really wanted to get on council. And I ended up having a great interview and I came back. So, you know, I've had both sets of experience. I've had things where I expected it to go badly, and it went better; and I've had things where I've expected it to go better and it went not go so good. So, I mean, you know, just, you have to just relax, and every situation is always going to be different. So, don't ever think that one bad interview is going to lead to another and don't ever think that one great interview is going to guarantee another either. So, you just have to be prepared for the experiences however they come. 

Liliana Hill: Not everybody does their interviews on a conventional way. I know for me, my whole fit, like my first year I studied and studied and studied. And my second year I could not look at my phone to go over my resume. So it just, it depends on like what your circumstances, but just like, be confident, do what you need to do and get there and just don't underestimate yourself. But don't overestimate like you're going to do the best of your ability at that exact moment and just give it your all and don't stress too much.

Ben Rima: Great advice. Um, I want to add onto that actually. So for me, it, whenever I go into an interview, especially for the state for the State 4-H Recognition day, I always, like beforehand, I'm like super, super nervous and something that helps me is just to take some deep breaths, but then I also will print off like the questions that I answered for my application. And I'll also print off my resume; and I'll study those and I'll study my answers and also just be prepared to talk about the things that I wrote in my application, because that's mainly what they want to hear about and what they've read about before. So next up, I will talk a little bit about the state project words and what they all entail. So, I guess some of you guys might be wondering, what is the state project award? Well, there's 50 total state project awards that I guess are quote unquote awarded through the state recognition day. And they could be in any project areas. So, whether it be livestock like swine or beef or a static exhibit, like food and nutrition, or photography, um, or even like communication, leadership or citizenship. There's 50 total awards that are given throughout the entire recognition day. For each award, there's a hundred dollars cash prize, but in order to receive the award, you have to complete the written application and then be selected for an interview and have a successful interview. Um, does anyone else want to add anything or the, uh, state project awards? 

Peyton Pangburn: Also, you want to remember ,like, to kind of think about things in a frame of reference of time, because, you know, when I was applying for National Conference and stuff, I wanted to apply for like a leadership one too. And then I kept thinking when I was writing this application that I was like, well, I'm really excited to go to national conference and then I'll have all this experience. And then I'm like, it doesn't make any sense for me to apply to it before I went. And so, you know, kind of think about the things that are going to be most relevant. So, I decided to kind of have my like capstone achievement in 4-H, be receiving a state project award and leadership, which has now happened after I've, you know, been to National Conference. I've been on State Council. I've been a club leader. I've done all of these things. You know, don't feel pressured to like, you're trying to beat somebody out. You're just trying to do what you've been the most successful in at that time, 

Ben Rima: Just adding on to that, basically do what you do best and show yourself off the best you can. And yeah, that's, that's my advice, but yeah, um, Peyton, what are some other opportunities within the state 4-H that exists that you have participated in?

Peyton Pangburn: Another part of State Conference is the Animal Science Roundup. And in certain years it's been more separate than others. It's gradually gotten more and more overlap so that they can experience more of the unique conference opportunities. They're usually leaving early to go out to the Iowa State farms and it's available and all of the different, um, livestock categories. I went in swine. There's also horse, poultry, sheep, and beef and, um, you know, you just go and you usually work with, um, your small group; and you have your leader and you go out, I know we went to the meat labs, we've went to the farms, you know, you see the facilities and you just learn about it. And so basically your entire three-day conference experience is dedicated, dedicated to whatever species you're studying there for that week. And there's also, um, a skill-a-thon, which is like, you know, you have to go and identify these parts of the chicken and you have to answer different questions and it's, um, it goes across all the categories, but it's just really fun. And then, um, but you have to apply for that separately. You apply for that, um, on your own time, kind of before you would sign up for conference and then you're selected for that. And you'll know that ahead of time was still a little bit of time to apply for regular conference. If you don't get selected. So, Lily, I know that you've done a lot. What, what other state opportunities have you had experience with? 

Liliana Hill: So, I've done several things. One of the more recent ones I've done is 4-H Legislative Day. So, I've gone down to Des Moines, to the Capitol, and we have met with 4-H leaders. We've met with other 4-Hers. We've gone over to the Capitol and met with our representatives and the house and the legislative and just talk to them about what we're doing, taking pictures with the governor, just a couple of things like that. Um, it's really cool to see how people can get involved in politics with a 4-H background. Um, I've also done camera Corps, which is a group where you meet, you don't meet monthly, but they send out a theme or an activity. And so like, let's say one theme is music, a music inspired. So you go out and you also take a picture that's in, that fits that theme, and then you submit it and people send you back comments and you do a little competition, kind of like that. You have juror's choice or most liked photo, and they post it on the Facebook page for people to help. I am also one of the two youth trustees on the Iowa for each foundation, which to get there, you have to be a state council member and apply for this opportunity - after you have started your state council term. So, I applied this year and was accepted on, and this year Natalie will be leaving; and then we will accept a new account or a new trustee, and I will be like kind of training them. Um, we attend the 4-H foundation meetings. We have little committee meetings, we just kind of give our input and represent the youth of Iowa 4-H.

Ben Rima: Awesome. So, some other opportunities that do exist within the state 4-H would be State Shooting ,Sports ambassador, Healthy Living Ambassador, 4-H reporters, and a lot more. We will add a link below that will cover all of these State 4-H opportunities. Um, some of you might be wondering, why do we want to, why do we recommend getting involved in State 4-H opportunities and why not just stay within your County and be involved within your County? Well, personally, I really am supportive of all the State 4-H opportunities because you're basically taking the next step. You're taking the next step in, um, increasing your skills within that certain opportunity, whether it be leadership, citizenship, communication, or like photography or shooting sports through some of the other options, opportunities that we have. You're also meeting people throughout the state, whether it be 4-H youth or ambassadors, adults as well. Um, you get to bond with these people, learn their different leadership styles and just, um, create bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime. Liliana, do you have anything you'd like to add to this?

Liliana Hill: I know I have always been super involved in my county 4-H, so I've really liked that leadership and that responsibility. So that was just something I was really into if I wanted to keep doing that. And, you know, a little side note is, um, if you plan on applying for Iowa 4-H scholarships, you know, the more you can write the better, better off you are. Um, but also your 4-H career is for you. It is, that is really all it's for, it's for others to like to help you with it, but it's for you to learn and make your best better. So, if you want to go onto a state opportunity to feel more comfortable with talking to others, and that is a great opportunity for you to follow.

Ben Rima: Peyton, do you have anything you'd like to add? 

Peyton Pangburn: Yeah. I mean, I know like coming from a really active County. Worth County is just, we're super active, and it's definitely attributed to our County director. He pushes us all to just apply for things and step out of the box because, you know, generally it's probably easier to be involved in your County cause they want people to be involved. So, the thing about applying for these state opportunities is that you are challenging yourself and you're putting yourself in tougher situations, and you're learning to problem solve. And you're learning to problem solve and, like you said, work with people. I think, you know, one of the biggest areas that I've developed in is leadership, but not leadership as in my leadership. Leadership, as in cooperation with other people who are also strong leaders, like state council for one, I know we didn't talk about it about in this episode because it's been in other ones, but state council is really a super, super important, valuable opportunity. And I would encourage anybody to do it if they want to develop themselves as a person and as a leader and as a cooperative leader. 

Ben Rima: Awesome. Yeah, adding onto that, just get involved as much as you can within the 4-H program. It's really an amazing opportunity whether it be within your County, but also within the state. There's so many amazing opportunities and I highly recommend getting involved as best as you can. Awesome, so thank you, Liliana and Peyton, for chatting about the state 4-H volunteers or opportunities and everything that really 4-H accompanies with that. 

Liliana Hill: Thank you. It's been so much fun. 

Peyton Pangburn: Yeah, thanks for having us, Ben. Listen guys, thank you so much for tuning in CloverCast: Sunburnt is going to continue for every other Wednesday this summer. If you're curious about what goes on at National Conference or Congress, and you want to hear me talk about my experiences again, you don't want to miss our next episode.

 

All: Bye.

State 4-H Conference
State Recognition Day
State Project Awards
Animal Science Roundup
Iowa 4-H Legislative Day
Camera Corps
Iowa 4-H Foundation Youth Trustee
Other State Opportunities
Why you should get involved on the state level