4-H Teen Stars
Arkansas 4-H Teen Star Program
The Arkansas 4-H Teen Star Program is a recognition program for outstanding achievement in the areas of 4-H projects and activities, leadership, and community service. The Teen Star program is a gateway to higher levels of leadership within Arkansas 4-H. The Teen Stars become eligible for Ambassador, who then become eligible for State Officership. Teen Stars who are graduating high school seniors are able to apply for the $1,000 Zack O. and Jennie D. Jennings scholarship, which is awarded at the Arkansas 4-H State O-Rama each July.
Applicants for the Arkansas 4-H Teen Star Recognition must have a 4-H age of 14, which means they must have been age 14 as of January 1, 2023. To see your 4-H eligibility, check out this 4-H age calculator..
Applications for Arkansas 4-H Teen Star are due on March 15th each year, or the first business day after.
**2023 Teen Star application has closed.
Teen Star application components:
- Meaning of 4-H - What does 4-H mean to you? Please summarize in 1-2 sentences.
- Arkansas 4-H Leadership roles - List the 5 highest leadership roles you have held at the club, county, and/or state level. Distinguish the leadership role, responsibilities held, and number of years in the role.
- 4-H Projects - List up to three 4-H projects you have had.
- 4-H Competitive Events - List up to five competitive events participated in on the
county, district, and/or state level. List the event, what you competed in, and whether
it was county, district, or state.
- Example: 2021 Ouachita DIstrict O-Rama, Bicycle, district
- Record Books Submitted - List up to three Record Books that you have submitted. Please
list the project, the year it was submitted, and whether it was beginner, intermediate,
- Example: Human Development Record Book, 2020, Intermediate
- 4-H Recognition - List up to five individual awards won such as County Champion. Inidcate the award received, level (county, district, or state) and year the award was won.
- 4-H Mentoring - List up to five 4-H'ers that you have mentored on an individual basis. Include their name, age, and what you taught them.
- Short Essay Question - each year there is a new short essay quesiton related to the
theme for the Summer. The essay has a maximum of 500 words and should directly answer
the quesiton. There is a rubric for the essay provided on the applicaiton.
- 2023 Essay Question: Advances in space exploration, particularly the creation of the International Space Station, have enhanced the observation of the globe - an effort that has taken determination and creativity by many. In 4-H, we know a few things about being determined, competitive, and creative! Please write a short essay about how you have been determined, competitive, and creative within 4-H. Tell a story, talk about skills you've learned in those areas, and make sure the decision committee understand how 4-H has played a key role in your development thus far.