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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.


When donating through the California 4-H Foundation, please be specific in the additional comments section. You may donate to the Alameda County 4-H Volunteer Management Organization (VMO), a specific club, or a project. If no comments are added the fund goes to the UCCE Alameda County Office to support the 4-H Resource Center.

Thank you for your support

Cheryl Fraser, 4-H Community Education Specialist
Mark Duguid, Alameda County 4-H VMO President

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Cost and Time Requirements

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.

Upcoming Events/Highlights

Please go to News & Calendar for more events

March 28 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Imaginary Animal Field Day is canceled.

March 31 Volunteers Zoom Meeting 7:15 - 8:30

March 31 4-H Leaders' Council Meeting Instead of meeting in person the Alameda County 4-H Leaders' Council is sending a newsletter.

April 2020 True Leaders in Service Month
366 Community Service Ideas

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.

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.