(This is to replace the achievement award seals, Right on Target Award and Focus Area Contest)
An individual or a group, up to three youth/young adults, are challenged to put together an event or project within their Subordinate, Pomona, or State Grange that aligns with one of the six pillars of G.R.A.N.G.E Youth and track that project throughout the events time frame. The event or project must take place between October 1 and September 30th. Once the event or project has concluded (and throughout) youth will put together a project portfolio to show their beginning, during, and end progress. Youth will have to complete a planning guide summary to be included in their portfolio.
The Pillar Project is to hone in on the passions, creativity and leadership abilities of Grange Youth and Young Adults. The pillars are meant to be vague because, like many Granges, everything we do is unique and fits for our State, Pomona and Subordinate Granges needs. The pillars serve as the six main things that we should be striving to live by as G.R.A.N.G.E. youth.
A Planning Guide Summary will need to be submitted to the National Youth Director by September 1. Portfolios will need to be brought to National Session by State Presidents or State Youth directors by the opening of session to be put on display in the showcase.
- Project must take place between July 1st and June 30th.
- Project may be done individually or with a group of no more than 3.
- Participants will put together a project portfolio and display to be presented in front of a panel of judges at National Convention. Physical displays must be able to stand by itself and no larger than 3’ by 4’.
- Presentation needs to be at least 5 minutes long, but no longer than 8 minutes.
Time will be kept for judging purposes.
- Participants will be asked follow up questions that will last no longer than 5 minutes.
- Judging will take place on Wednesday of National Grange Convention starting at noon. An official sign-up will be sent out after entries are received.
- Portfolios and Displays will be put in the Grange Showcase after Judging.
- There will be two age divisions:
- Youth – Grange members between the ages of 14-21 as of Jan. 1;
- Young Adult – Grange members between the ages of 22-35.
Note: If in a group, the age of the oldest group member determines the
division to enter.
Participants will be judged on:
Non Verbal Skills: Eye contact, Body Language, Poise
Verbal Skills: Elocution, Enthusiasm, Delivery
Content: Subject Knowledge, Organization, Grammar/Mechanics
Appearance : Appropriateness for their presentation
Displays and Project Portfolios will be judged on:
Appearance: Neatness, appealing, creativity
Content: Divided into 5 sections, includes a complete Project Summary Page
Organization of Content
Mechanics: Grammatical Accuracy and Sentence Structure