4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

California Focus

California Focus logo
California Focus 2018
June 22-26, 2018
Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown-Arena

Experience California’s government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. California Focus combines hands-on participation in workshops, debates, simulations, tours, and fun activities.



Who can attend 

Youth ages 14 - 19. Youth must be at least 14 years old by the time of California Focus. If you are not a current 4-H member, please contact Jenna Colburn.

Adults can apply to chaperone. Chaperone registration is now closed.


Set in Sacramento, California's capital, participants will tour the State Capitol building, Governor's Office, and 3rd District Court of Appeals. Workshops and lodging will be at the Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown-Arena, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA.

What you will learn and participate in

California Focus 2018 flyer - English

  • Vote sign
    The election process: Register to vote, conduct a primary election, and develop a political campaign through a two party system.
  • Analyze the needs and issues of your district and enact legislation for the "governor" to sign into law.
  • Create a plan of action (service learning project) for your community.
  • Meet California law makers.
  • Tour the State Capitol, Governor's office and 3rd District Court of Appeals.
  • Participate in fun activities, tours and cultural events.
  • Make new friends.

See the tentative schedule of events

California Focus General Information (English)

California Focus General Information(Spanish)

Pre-conference Handbook

California Focus can be the beginning of a life of public participation that leaves you with a strong determination to become involved in your community.  

For more information
Jenna Colburn at jcolburn@ucanr.edu 

Help spread the word!

Download and share the flyer:

Cal Focus 2018 flyer - English

Cal Focus 2018 flyer - Spanish

REGISTER ONLINE by May 21, 2018

Registration is now CLOSED. Please contact Jenna Colburn if you have any quesitons.

Registration: $675 includes:

  • 5 days and 4 nights of hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for entire conference, plus snacks. Note: one lunch is on your own.
  • Conference polo shirt
  • Conference materials

Please see the Information for Delegates below. Save the dates for the required pre-conference online workshops for this conference.

Information for Cal Focus delegates

All delegates are responsible for participating in and understanding all of the information shared in the online workshops. Add the dates in bold to your calendar so you don't miss them! You will be notified of the login prior to the online presentations. You are only required to attend one of the Orientation Options 


5/12/18  Orientation-In Person  9:00 am - 10:00 am
UCCE Merced 4-H Office, 2145 Wardrobe Avenue, Merced, CA

  • Welcome & Overview
  • Introductions
  • Service Learning Project Procedures

5/21/18  Final day to register and pay for conference

5/22/18  Spanish Online Orientation  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Welcome & Overview
  • Introductions
  • Service Learning Project Procedures

5/23/18 Online Orientation   7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Welcome & Overview
  • Introduction of Chaperones
  • Service Learning Project Procedures

5/30/18  Online Workshop - Legislative Appointment Prep 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Listen to Webinar Recording


6/7/18 Online Orientation 7:30 pm-8:30 pm  

  • Welcome & Overview
  • Introduction of Chaperones
  • Service Learning Project Procedures

Listen to the Online Orientation Webinar

Legislative Appointments:

After the Orientation webinar, delegates can start scheduling appointments with their state legislators.

Please record your appointment information in the legislative appointment schedule. Please fill this out completely as this information will help us coordinate transportation to the appointments. 

Record Legislative Appointment

Meeting With Your Legislators 

Service Learning Project

Each delegate is expected to plan and implement a pre-approved service learning project after the California Focus conference. You can utilize the new skills you have learned at the conference to implement your Plan of Action in your local community. You must complete your project by May 31st of the year you participate in California Focus.

Planning Resources

We highly recommend that you download and reference the Service Learning Planning Guide to aid in your planning process. Other resources:

Get your project pre-approved

Once you've identified your issue and begun your planning, complete your pre-approval application and submit it. Your service learning project must be approved before you can start implemention in order to verify that it meets service learning standards.

Submit pre-approval application


Reflect on your completed project

Upon completion of your service learning project, you must write a 4-H Delivers story. Your 4-H Delivers story must be submitted in order to receive your Certificate of Completion and achievement pins.  

Cal Focus Plan of Action pin
Cal Focus Plan of Action pin
 California Focus Plan of Action Pin - awarded after you submit your final report by April of the year following year.

Information for Cal Focus chaperones

Add the dates in bold to your calendar so you don't miss them! You will be notified of the login prior to the online presentations.

Timeline for Chaperones

5/4/18   Chaperone Applications Due

5/7/18   Chaperones notified

5/7/18 to 5/15/18 at 5:00 pm  Chaperone Registration open

5/16/18 Online Chaperone Orientation 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

5/23/2018  Online Orientation 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Welcome & Overview
  • Introduction of Chaperones
  • Service Learning Project

5/30/18 Online workshop: Legislative Appointment Prep  7:30 pm - 8:30pm


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