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About 4-H

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The 4-H Youth Development Program is in every county in California. 4-H is an organization where young people are given opportunities to build confidence, learn responsibility, and develop skills that will last them a lifetime. It’s an organization where youth make friends and share interests, ranging from building robots to raising rabbits, designing web pages to landscape design. 4-H is where youth work together to make a positive difference in their community, and adult volunteers make a powerful difference in the lives of young people. Get involved in the 4-H community and make a lasting difference! Find more information about 4-H at the California 4-H Website.

4-H is delivered by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resource—The University of California is part of a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Youth complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult volunteers and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Youth experience 4-H in every county and parish in the country—through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4-H camps.

In 4-H, youth design and participate in their own programs and activities. This unique learn-by-doing model teaches essential skills that youth will use throughout their lives. Whether youth are building rockets, raising companion dogs, or planting vegetables, 4-H gives young people the skills they need to thrive and succeed.

Cost, Time, Commitment and Required Materials

Getting involved with 4-H is easy and costs are kept to a minimum. Unlike other youth organizations, 4-H doesn’t require a uniform and there are no national fees. Children select their 4-H education project so they can choose one that works well within a family’s budget. 4-H programs and clubs typically meet once per week or once per month, although some may choose to meet more or less frequently. 4-H programs are available for children ages 5-18.

Become a Volunteer

Become a 4-H Volunteer today and help create life-changing experiences for youth in Alameda County!

Join our 4-H volunteers*. They come from all walks of life. We have computer programmers, carpenters, home cooks, ranchers, scientists and teachers. Come share your experience and skills with 4-H members by leading a project.

Volunteers are also needed to start a 4-H Club in your area. Contact Cheryl Fraser, 4-H Program representative, cyfraser@ucanr.edu for more information.

*Volunteers are required to complete training and a background check.

This month

January 28, 2020 Alameda County 4-H Leaders' Council Meeting will be held at Canyon Middle School, Library, 19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley beginning at 7:15 pm.

All adults and youth are welcome to attend the monthly Leaders' Council Meetings. We meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:15 pm.

February 5, 2020 Rotary Speech Contest Registration due date. Contact Sara Ennor at s.l.ennorlawyer@gmail.com or cell 510-333-1270
PNR 2020 High School Speech Contest Flyer
Rotary 2020 Speech Contest Brochure-5

For information about the Alameda County 4-H Program contact

Cheryl Fraser
4-H Community Education Specialist
510-670-5639 Office

All are invited to attend 4-H events and meetings.


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