This program is designed to recognize and reward youth for efforts that create positive benefits in their community, regionally, or on a state or national level. Involvement’s to reward include projects where:
- a better understanding of their community and how it functions is developed;
- skills necessary to become responsible citizens are demonstrated;
- participation with others to improve the community’s quality of life occurs; and/or,
- active involvement by youth in community projects and community decision-making is evidenced.
Community Pride awards are made available by the Chevron Companies. We thank Chevron for their long-time support of 4-H.
4-H Community Pride Award
The Chevron sponsored 4-H Community Pride Award Program covers all 4-H community involvement projects, including community service, community development, and community pride efforts (note: a club does not need to have received a 4-H Community Pride grant sponsored by Chevron to be eligible).
Two opportunities for recognition are available. One 4-H club in each participating county unit will be selected to receive the Best (in-county) 4-H Community Pride Award, a framed certificate, provided with Chevron funding. The Best Washington State 4-H Community Pride Award will be presented each year to the most outstanding Community Pride Program overall. This will include a special framed certificate, and a $200 cash award. Only 4-H clubs making application will be considered for awards.
Selection of the Best (in-county) 4-H Community Pride Award will be made by an appropriate county committee selected by the county 4-H agent. The best in-state award winner will be selected by the Washington State 4-H Foundation from the Best in County winners. Selection criteria:
20% number of members involved and what they did relative to club size;
20% value of the project to the community;
20% what the members learned about their community,
20% amount of youth involvement with people and organizations in the community; and,
20% how effectively the program was publicized in the community.
4-H Community Pride Grant
Chevron 4-H Community Pride Grants are available in amounts up to $300 (although larger amounts can be awarded on special request) to supplement local funds for projects. The following guidelines will be used in ranking proposals:
- needs and interests of community, and relationship to objectives or purposes of grants;
- leadership development and participant involvement in group educational activities;
- broad community support (can be evidenced by matching funds) and broad community benefit;
- networking with others and active participation from a variety of groups or organizations; and,
- provision of visibility of grant program activity through media (newspaper, public appearances, radio and TV) including donor acknowledgement.