AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume, Essay)

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Announcing the AIRE – Application, Interview, Resume, and Essay Application Process for National 4-H Trip Selection

AIRE National 4-H Trip Selection

Do you have 4-H youth who have been shining stars in 4-H? If so, it’s time to elevate their journey by applying for one of our 3 National 4-H Trips. Applications are open now for a chance to embark on unforgettable National 4-H Trips! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to take their 4-H experience to new heights.

4-H Youth who are eligible must be 14-18, Registered in 4-HOnline, and have excelled in 4-H project work in our County. They can apply for one of the following trips through the AIRE – Application, Interview, Resume, and Essay process.

National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Conference annually brings 4-H youth and adults from around the nation to work towards strengthening and expanding the 4-H Youth Development program at the local, state, and national levels. National 4-H Conference is the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program. The National 4-H Headquarters is charged with sharing the recommendations that emerge from the conference with the Secretary of Agriculture, National Extension Program Leaders, and others who determine 4-H programs. At the same time, the conference is a rich and meaningful experience for the youth and adult participants. Held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, it’s usually scheduled around the beginning of April.

National 4-H Conference delegates will:

  • Participate in a round table topic of their choosing that will focus on key topics such as: leadership, agriculture, crime, and more.
  • Participate in professional workshops.
  • Meet with legislators from their State to discuss important issues relating to 4-H.
  • Have a chance to network with youth and adults from across the country.
  • Learn all about 4-H programming and think about ways to improve programming across the Nation.
  • Develop an action plan that will be put to use in their own communities.
  • Have fun!

North Carolina 4-H selected one delegate from each Extension District to attend. Delegates will be responsible for paying a $100 fee for this event. Youth must be 15 to 18 years-old during the dates in which National 4-H Conference is held to participate.

National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress is a five-day event that engages 14-18-year-old high school-aged 4-H members in leadership, citizenship, global awareness, and inclusion. Participants not only have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art educational workshops and hear from world-renowned speakers, they also have the opportunity to network with other 4-H members from across the United States. 2024 dates are:  November 29 – December 3, 2024.

North Carolina 4-H provides approximately 14 trips annually based on specific 4-H curriculum areas.

National Leadership Conference

The AYF’s longest-running program, the National Leadership Conference (NLC) creates confident leaders equipped to make a positive impact on our ever-changing world. Held annually at Miniwanca in Shelby, Michigan, this eight-day conference brings together high school and college students from diverse backgrounds, providing them with the opportunity to develop, practice and implement leadership skills that will play an essential role throughout the rest of their lives. NLC 2024 will take place from Saturday, June 15 to Saturday, June 22. Grade requirements for applying for this trip:  First years entering grades 10, 11 or 12.

North Carolina 4-H selected one to two delegates annually to attend. The Registration Fee is covered and there is possible scholarship money for the delegate to cover transportation.

Selection Process/Application Process

The AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume, and Essay) is the process used to select youth to attend a National 4-H Trip:  National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference, and National Leadership Conference. Youth, ages 14  – 18 are eligible to participate in this program

The AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume & Essay) program materials, resources, and state-level program participation deadline (5/15/2024) have been posted on the NC 4-H website here – AIRE.

N.C. Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity provider. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, N.C. Cooperative Extension will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Please direct accommodation requests to: Taylor Hartman at or 336-593-8179. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event.