Contact Us

Angela Miller
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274
amillr11@illinois.edu

Gayle Arnold
Office Support Associate - Jo Daviess County
University of Illinois Extension
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274
gjarnold@illinois.edu

Jo Daviess County 4-H

Jo Daviess County 4-H

County and State Awards

All 4-H members are encouraged to complete award applications at either a County or State level. Award applications (formally 4-H record books) give the 4-H member a complete look at what they have accomplished during each year. By keeping an accurate record throughout their career, youth are ahead of their classmates and peers when applying for scholarships, job applications, etc. Award applications must be submited in order to recieve a project medal, to win a first year award, to win the Top County 4-Her Award, and the only way to be considered for participation in the 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA. 

Awards available are:

  • 4-H Key Award
    The 4-H Key Award focus is on Leadership, Community Service, and Mentoring. Applicants must be 16-19 year of age as of September 1 of the current year. Members may only win this award once in their lifetime.Completed application must be to your local Extension office by the first of January.

  • 4-H LCP Award
    The purpose of the 4-H LCP award is to reward members exhibiting outstanding leadership, citizenship, cooperation, and professionalism during the past 4-H program year (September 1 through August 31). Applicants must be 17-19 years old as of December 1 of the current year. This award may only be won once in a lifetime. Must be submitted to your local Extension office by their stated deadline or by the first of January.

  • Awards Opportunity Summary PDF
    Here is a complete summary of all awards that any 4-H member ages 8-18 may apply for. Please note the process and due date for each award.

  • Club Excellence Award Application PDF

  • County 4-H Award Application PDF
    This application should be filled out by 4-Hers that are 8-11 years of age.

  • County: President of the Year- Nomination Form Word

  • County: Recreation Chair of the Year- Nomination Form Word

  • County: Reporter Chair of the Year- Nomination Form Word

  • County: Vice President of the Year-Nomination Form Word

  • I Dare You Award Nomination Form- Leader PDF
    The "I Dare You" Leadership Award was first offered in 1941 by William H. Danforth. Mr. Danforth was a successful businessman who dared young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of leadership and service. As a civic leader, he helped found the American Youth Foundation in 1925. The belief then as it is today is that each individual can make a difference. The “I Dare You Award” recognizes those who, with a little encouragement, are ready to see themselves as leaders- young adults who are ready to take the dare. A certificate and book will be awarded. 4-H members must be at least 14 years old and be nominated by their 4-H club leader. Members who demonstrate personal integrity, lead well-rounded lives and possess a willingness to assume responsibility should be considered for this award. 4-H Club leaders should nominate youth for this award who are “emerging” leaders– those youth who have the qualities and the abilities to lead, but who may not yet recognize or act on their leadership potential. This award can only be received once during a members 4-H career. Two award winners may be selected annually from each county. Forms are due to the Extension Office by the deadline. Click here to access the nomination form.

  • IL 4-H State Award Application
    4-Hers who are 12-18 years old will use this applications for either county or state awards consideration.Please note however, only 4-Hers who are 15-18 years old may apply for state awards. Completed applications must be submitted to your local Extension Office by the January deadline.

  • IL 4-H State Award Application: Q & A PDF
    click here for the answers to the most frequently asked questions when filling out the IL State 4-H Award Application.

  • IL 4-H State Award Application-Impact Essay PDF
    SAMPLE- impact essay

  • IL 4-H State Award Application-Master Essay PDF
    SAMPLE- Master Essay

  • IL 4-H State Award: Sample PDF
    SAMPLE-application

  • IL 4-H: Individual Experience Award PDF
    New IL 4-H Recognition System.

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