4-H International Winter PenPal Program – Sign Up Today!

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Pen Pal Program 2022

This is a GREAT opportunity for 4-H’ers to participate in a Winter/Spring Pen Pal Program with international youth from around the world! Meet friends from other counties and learn about different cultures, food, traditions, and things you have in common with young people in other countries.

Registration for this program will run until January 10, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time or as soon as all 60 spots are filled (whichever comes first). 

Details of the 2022 Program:

  • Program Dates: February 1 – April 25, 2022.
  • Participation Requirement: Age 9-18 and from an active States’ 4-H state member state.
  • Registration Fee: $10 registration fee per participant (pay through the online registration form). * A positive and enthusiastic attitude is crucial for this program to succeed. We introduced a $10 registration fee last summer to
    help ensure those participants who sign up are serious about wanting to communicate with a new friend from abroad and will take
    advantage of the opportunities this program offers. SurveyMonkey provides a built-in payment processing system operated by
    Stripe (https://stripe.com). This payment field is located directly on our registration form and only requires a credit card to
    complete.
  • Online Registration: Participants sign up by completing an online registration  form, which includes a Terms of Use agreement and an online payment processing field. Link to online registration form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJ28J6Y
  • Requirements:
    • Youth ages 9 – 18 and from an active States’ 4-H member state
    • Participants must have two reliable email addresses (one of these can be a parent’s email address), and may optionally provide a mailing address, phone number, or App IDs during the registration process. We recommend that participants use Gmail or another large email provider to help reduce the chance of blocked or unreceived messages.
  •  Matching:  We will match pen pals based on age, gender, and interests to the best of our ability. Finalized matching information will be sent directly to your youth participants between January 26 – 31 via email.
  • Letter Writing: Youth participants are tasked with exchanging a letter or message via their preferred communication method. The expectation is that they communicate (at least) a few times with their match during the program
    period. They may write as many times as both parties feel comfortable with.
    • Either party can initiate the first communication.
    • States’ 4-H will provide a few writing topics each month during the program to help foster ideas of what to write if pen pals would like to use them. These are completely optional.