Glenn County
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Glenn County

Project Proficiency

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Project Proficiency Instructions & Information

The goal of the Glenn County 4-H Proficiency program is to give members recognition and rewards in a timely manner and in a variety of ways to meet the diverse needs of today’s youth.

It is also designed to assist youth in measuring themselves against ‘standards of excellence’. Each proficiency is comprised of three skill levels and should be designed to increase in scope and difficulty. The proficiencies are three-fold in purpose:

  1. To provide youth opportunities to sample a broad array of experiences, measure personal progress, and become self-directed learners.
  2. To provide a standard of excellence where members are recognized for knowledge and skills they have mastered.
  3. To provide guidelines for leaders to enhance and expand project content and experiences.

Project Proficiency Level 1 Example
Project Proficiency Level 1 Example
The Proficiency program is NOT designed to be an award, or a prize for the best in competition. Instead, members are REWARDED for their personal progress. The intent of the proficiency program is to increase performance, while allowing members to be motivated, to be creative and to take risks.

The proficiencies are not a  test. Youth should not be quizzed at the end of each 4-H year to determine how much they have learned. The proficiencies should be given to each youth member as a set of goals that they, as individuals, can work toward over one of more years. Completion of all three levels of a proficiency indicates “mastery” of a subject.

The proficiency program is voluntary. Not all youth will find this type of activity rewarding. Many youth enter a project with their own goals. They join to learn a specific skill or group of skills, but not to achieve mastery of a subject. Additionally, not all project leaders will choose to go into such depth of each subject area. Completion of Level I, may be all that is offered by a particular project leader.

We encourage leaders to give proficiency guides to members sometime during the first or second year in a project. At this point, the leader allows the member to determine which skills and/or knowledge areas he or she wants to master. Youth members can work on skills in several levels at the same time. The leader’s job is to check each item in a level when the member has completed it.

For the skill areas which require demonstration, youth members may demonstrate individually to the leader (project or teen), the group, or the club at a local meeting. Members are not required to demonstrate in front of a group as we are measuring master of a subject, not public speaking ability. Some leaders leave time at the end of each project meeting for members to work on their proficiencies.

 

Project Proficiency Level 2 Example
Project Proficiency Level 2 Example
Leaders are cautioned not to accept a questionable answer. This indicates an incomplete mastery of the particular skill or body of knowledge. If the youth member is unsure of the correct method or

term, use this time to teach the individual and allow member a month to think about it and review. The youth member will return with the knowledge learned and present it with confidence.

Allow a significant amount of time (one month) to lapse between the time a skill is taught and member demonstrates mastery. This allows time to practice and achieve mastery, not merely reflect on a newly learned skill.

Reward immediately! Recognition is most meaningful when it is presented immediately following a learning experience. Initial and date each item as the member completes the skill. When all items in a level are completed sign the Certificate of Achievement and notify your County 4-H/UCCE Office.

 

Awards

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A Proficiency medal, will be sponsored by the Glenn County 4-H Council and awarded at the Star Awards BBQ when a skill level is completed. Youth may receive more than one medal per year. They may do this by completing two or more consecutive levels in one project area, or by completing one level in two or more projects.

For members to qualify for proficiency awards, they must complete all the requirements below.

   1. Have up-to-date and complete enrollment packet and enrollment fees on file at the UCCE Office.

   2. Attend 6 out of the 8 club and project meetings.

   3. Members must provide 4-H Records to the club leader for project completion verification. Records must include Annual Project Report form for each project a member is applying for a Proficiency Award, and the completed Proficiency Form.

 

Project Proficiency Instructions

Project Proficiency Instructions

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Tips for Leaders

PROFICIENCY TIPS FOR LEADERS

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Proficiency Forms

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ARCHERY Archery Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

ARTS & CRAFTS Arts & Crafts Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

AVIAN Avian Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

AUTOMOTIVE Automotive Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

B

BAKING & BREAD MAKING Baking & Breadmaking Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2014

BEEF Beef Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

BOWLING Bowling Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

C

CAKE DECORATING Cake Decorating Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

CAVIES Cavies Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

CLOTHING & TEXTILES Clothing and Textiles Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

COMMUNITY PRIDE Community Pride Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

CULTURAL ARTS-SPANISH Cultural Arts-Spanish Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

D

DAIRY GOATS Dairy Goats Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

DAIRY Dairy Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

DOG OBEDIENCE Dog Obedience Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

DUMMY ROPING Dummy Roping Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

E

ELECTRICITY & ELECTRONICS Electricity and Electronics Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

F

FARM MACHINERY Farm Machinery Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

FISHING Fishing Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

FLORAL DESIGN Floral Design Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

FOOD PRESERVATION Food Preservation Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

FOODS & NUTRITION Foods & Nutrition Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

G

GARDENING Gardening Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

GEOLOGY  Geology Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

GRAPHIC ARTS Graphic Arts Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012

H

HORSE Horse Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

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L

LEADERSHIP Leadership Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

LEATHERCRAFT Leathercraft Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

M

MEAT GOATS Meat Goats Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

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NEEDLECRAFTING Needlecrafting Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

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P

PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL  Photography-Digital Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

PHOTOGRAPHY-FILM Photography-Film Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

PYGMY GOATS Pygmy Goat Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2016

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QUILTING Quilting Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

R

RABBIT Rabbit Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

REPTILES Reptiles Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

ROPING Roping Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012  

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SCIENCE LITERACY Science Literacy Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

SCRAPBOOKING Scrapbooking Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

SHEEP Sheep Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017

SIGN LANGUAGE Sign Language Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

SMALL ENGINES Small Engines Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

SPORT SHOOTING Sport Shooting Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

STAMP COLLECTING Stamp Collecting Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

STOCKDOG Stockdog Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

SWINE  Swine Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

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TEEN COUNCIL  Teen Council Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

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VET SCIENCE Vet Science Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

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WILDLIFE  Widlife Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

WOODWORKING Woodworking Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012

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Y

YOGA Yoga Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2017

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