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4-H Cultural Life Program

The purpose of the 4-H Cultural Life Program (CLP) is to bring concrete experiences and personal reflection into the exploration of diversity. Following the 4-H model of youth-driven project work, the CLP program provides an overall framework for the exploration of diverse cultures and identities.

Rather than mandating attendance at formal educational workshops or events sponsored by the University, the 4-H CLP program brings choice to the exploration of diversity. Traditional diversity programs may or may not include hands-on activities, but they frequently are implemented in a top-down (i.e., an expert/teacher model). The 4-H CLP program makes use of the tried-and-true experiential learning model that has made 4-H so successful in the past.

4-H CLP Rewards Program

Participation in the 4-H Cultural Life Program comes with its rewards. Not only are you expanding your understanding of how different cultures express themselves, but there are some tangible rewards, too! Awards will be distributed at the County Fair, contingent upon submission of CLP Project Records. Club leaders also have all the criteria for achievement and the project records ready for use.

Level Achievement Awards

Levels 1 & 2: Recognition at the County Fair Awards Ceremony

Level 3: Recognition + Free Membership to the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center

Level 4: Recognition + $500 International Programs Scholarship, courtesy of the Maryland 4-H Center.

Special Awards

“The Foodie” – incentive: Multicultural Cook Book for Students

“Feel the Rhythm”  incentive: World Music CD of your choosing

“True Colors” – incentive: Deluxe art kit with supplies for drawing / painting

“True Spirit” – incentive: Houses of Worship – photographic exploration of sacred spaces around North America

“Governance Clover” – incentive: $250 scholarship toward Citizenship Washington Focus

Additional Points Opportunities

Mental Health & Multiculturalism – 10 Points

To see submitted Youth Reflections and Descriptive Reports, check out our CLP Blog!

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