4-H Awards & Recognition
Recognition in 4-H is the encouragement and support for learning. It comes from participation in educational experiences and is an acknowledgment and affirmation of personal growth in an individual.
4-H uses recognition as one strategy to help youth become more capable and competent. It does this by recognizing and appreciating each person's effort and providing positive reinforcement to continue participating in learning activities. Young people become active in 4-H because they benefit personally, not because it is a good program. They make choices depending on their need for security, new experiences, response, or recognition.
Recognition must be continually revised to meet the needs of individual participants. Motivation is determined by a complex blend of environment, attitude, and self-concept. It is what energizes a person and directs individual activity.