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Regional Volunteer Training Coming Up!
A special thank you for your volunteer role in 4-H! Volunteers represent a key component to a successful 4-H Youth Development program in South Dakota. As a dedicated volunteer, you work with 4-H professionals across the state to carry out projects, programs, club, judging and leadership opportunities for young people. South Dakota 4-H utilizes volunteers at a variety of levels, and there are opportunities to participate in such roles as project volunteer, club leader, Cloverbud leader and project committee member.


We are pleased to let you know that we have worked in partnership with the State 4-H office to create regional volunteer training – an opportunity for 4-H Volunteers to come together to network, learn and ask questions of state 4-H staff. We have 5 planned dates/locations – just pick the one that works best for you! This training is open to volunteers (including those interested in becoming a volunteer), parents and guardians and anyone interested in learning more to support our 4-H members. The cost is $15 if you register 2 weeks prior to the event date, and $20 after that. For planning purposes, registration deadline is the Wednesday before the event. Note that lunch is included! Find the registration links here: https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/supporters

  • January 28 – Miller
  • March 25 - Winner

See this brochure for more information Regional Volunteer Training

Our tentative training schedule for the event is as follows:

9 am Check-in

9:20 am Welcome

9:40 am QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training

11 am Break

11:10 am 4-H Projects Open Space Discussion/Learning

12 pm Lunch

12:30 pm Youth Project Highlight

1 pm Q&A

1:30 pm Feedback & Evaluation

Mini Grants!!

As you are gearing up to plan for this next 4-H year – you may want to consider applying for a Mini Grant!

Mini grant applications are due December 31st. They must be received via email or postmarked by 12/31/22. Late applications will not be considered.

http://southdakota4hleaders.com/doc/App-MiniGrant2023.pdf or


The grant amount available per county is $400. Counties may choose to do projects together – 2 counties can apply for $800 for a combined project – 3 counties can apply for $1200 for a combined project. The max amount available for a single project is $1200.

Note: If you received a grant in this past 4-H year, you are required to submit a report on the project before you are eligible to apply for this year’s grant opportunity.

So what is a Mini Grant? Each year, the State 4-H Leaders of SD award Mini-Grants across the state to county or 4-H club projects. The purpose of the 4-H Grants Program is to address youth needs at the local level. The State 4-H Leaders of SD recognize that the greatest impact of 4-H occurs at the local level, usually between youth and 4-H volunteers.

Criteria for awarding funds include:

* Potential for youth involvement in the planning and implementation of the project.
* Potential impact on addressing youth issues at a local level through either a traditional or nontraditional setting.
* Potential for increasing life skill outcomes for youth.

* Potential for reaching expanded youth audiences e.g. at-risk low income, single parent families, other cultures, disabled, etc.
* Potential for transitioning new youth audiences into more “traditional” or ongoing 4-H programs.

Grants funds can be used to purchase educational materials and supplies, expenses/honorariums for speakers, travel and training. Generally, snacks for refreshments, give-away items, e.g. t-shirts, etc. and building rental are not approved expenditures. Monies can’t be used for capital equipment or hardware (defined as items and material with a life expectancy of greater than five years) or building drives.


T-shirts, Hoodies, 1/4 Zips, Jackets, Hats, Jewelry and More Available:

We are very excited to roll out new logos and apparel in 2022 at the State Fair!!  Congratulations to our winner of the t-shirt logo contest...Dawn Covey with "Faith, Family, 4-H"!  Note that the SD 4-H Leaders sell apparel and jewelry year-round.  Check out all the options here.  Just place your order at least two weeks ahead of when you need the shirts. 


2022 SD 4-H State Fair Book

The 2022 4-H State Fair Book has been uploaded to the state website! https://extension.sdstate.edu/.../files/2022-03/MC-02545.pdf
Please note that page 5 has a summary of changes from the 2021 State Fair book. Here are a couple of highlights.
**Entry Limits have been set by each department. There are no overall caps on exhibit entries by participants. Please
see each department for the specific entry limit. As an example, the entry limit for all Display Exhibits is 6 entries, for Poultry is 4 entries, and Sheep is 4 entries. In general, for each department, you will find the entry limit under Eligibility Requirements.
**The SD 4-H Livestock Integrity Pledge will be implemented during the 2022 4-H year. Find details on page 100. Also review page 101-102 on IAFE Show Ring Code of Ethics.
Also note that you will be able to learn about major changes planned for 2023 on page 103.

4-H Online sign in link

We provide a number of scholarships to our 4-H Members!
4-H Camp, TLC, Performing Arts, SDSU Livestock Judging Camp, National Trips, Ambassador Scholarships

We offer the following scholarships: 
4-H Camp @ Lake Poinsett or Storm Mountain or RimRock - $50
Teen Leadership Conference/TLC - $75
Performing Arts - $75
SDSU Livestock Judging Camp - $75
National Trips - National 4-H Shooting Sports or NAILE or FCS Skillathon Denver 2022 or Fashion Revue Contest Denver 2022 - $75
4-H Ambassador - $75

Here is how the scholarship program works for camps or trips.
·Step 1 – Register for the 2022 event and pay the full fees.
·Step 2 – Attend the event and have a great time!!
· Step 3 – Tell one group (4-H camp) or two groups (all other scholarship options) about the event or experience.
·Step 4 – Complete the camp assistance/scholarship application form with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders.  Electronic signatures are acceptable, and the completed form may be scanned and emailed or mailed. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2022.
**Click here for the camp 
**Click here for the National Trip form 


Here are the details on the 4-H Ambassador Scholarship 

The SD 4-H Leaders offer a scholarship assistance program to provide a $75 scholarship to assist with travel and clothing expenses for 4-H Ambassadors.
Here’s how it works:

*Step 1 – You were chosen as a 4-H Ambassador!

*Step 2 – Tell 2 groups about your Ambassador role and plans. You may choose to tell your 4-H Club, your FFA chapter, a class at school, etc. Spread the word about this great opportunity!

*Step 3 – Complete the application with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2022.


Congratulations to the 2021-2022 - Mini Grants Winners Announced for the Regular 2022 Funding period for applications due 12/31/2021!

  We chose 11 projects for a total or $7520 in grants.  

  • Aurora-Buffalo-Jerauld-Sanborn - Food, Fun 4-H
  • Butte - Enhance Elevate to Educate
  • Codington-Marshall-Brown - 4-H Dash Regional Junior Leadership Summit
  • Day - Fairgrounds Flower Tubs
  • Deuel-Clark-Brookings - KidKare Training
  • Grant - Maple Syrup Production
  • Haakon-Jackson - Food Fun 4-H Rural Edition
  • Lawrence - Kindness Rocks Garden
  • Miner - 4-H Cloverbuds
  • Roberts - Threshing Bee
  • Turner-Hutchinson - Beginner Poultry Education Program

Judging 4-H Cookies & Bars

Here is a training video from SD 4-H Leaders.
Link to the video Judging 4-H Cookies & Bars - YouTube
Link to a document with more information that could be printed for reference http://www.southdakota4hleaders.com/Judging/JudgingCookies.pdf
We hope that this video will be a good resource for judges, as well as for our families preparing the exhibits.


Black Hills Gold/Silver 4-H Pendants & Tie Tacks for Sale

These Black Hills Gold/Silver 4-H pendants and tie-tacks sell exclusively from the SD Association of Extension 4-H Professionals. Funds acquired through these sales help offset costs when our SD 4-H advisors/staff go to national meetings and obtain professional development. On the form, the pin is a tie tack and a pendant is a necklace.  Buy for yourself or give as a gift!  Here is the order form:  Black_Hills_Gold__Silver_Order_Form_Fillable.pdf.


Project launched to help youth:  
Listen, Learn, Lead


Danika Gordon, who is a ten-year Butte-Lawrence County 4-H member, has created a new leadership project as part of her role as a current state 4-H ambassador. Gordon has established a website titled Listen, Learn, Lead – or L3 for short. For 2019, she has posted four TEDTalks for youth to listen to on the site at https://listenlearnlead4h.weebly.com/. Discussion questions developed by Gordon are also listed with each of the talks to prompt reflection either as an individual or group setting. Gordon suggests youth might gather to watch the TED Talks during a 4-H club, 4-H junior leaders or FFA chapter meeting, or simply during free time or as a family. She says the project was designed to be similar to a book club. After watching the TED Talk, youth can have a short discussion with others about what they learned or agreed with – or maybe disagreed with – from the presentation. The topics Gordon selected for this year’s TED Talks highlight introverts, body language, views on leadership and thoughts on what helps people be successful in school and life. Gordon hopes to select four new TED Talk presentations annually to continue fostering learning and leadership among South Dakota youth. Youth who watch the TED Talks and then post a comment on the L3 Facebook page, will also be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. To learn more check out: https://listenlearnlead4h.weebly.com

Quick Links

4-H Shooting Sports rules:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/competitions-state-fair
State 4-H Rodeo Resources:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/competitions-state-fair
4-H Event Deadlines:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/4h-event-deadlines
Camps & Conferences:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/camps-conferences 


SD 4-H is on Facebook!!

Click here to find SD 4-H on Facebook and find the latest information revolving around 4-H activities in SD.

here to find SD 4-H Leaders Association on Facebook!


Rural Youth Loan Program

Here is information about the Rural Youth Loan Program available to 4-H members. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual rural youths age 10 through 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects. The project must be of modest size, educational, and initiated, developed and carried out by rural youths participating in 4-H clubs, FFA, or a similar organization. For more information, leaders should contact their local FSA Office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

A one page fact sheet is available at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/loanyouth.pdf.

Farm Credit has a similar program available for youth loans! You will find information on their website http://www.myaglender.com/youth-loans_5152_ct.aspx


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