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

California Focus

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California Focus
June 19 - 23, 2020
in California's capital, Sacramento

Experience state government in action! You will participate in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. California Focus combines hands-on participation in workshops, debates, simulations, tours, and fun activities.

This conference is only held in even years, so don't miss your chance to attend in 2020!

Who should 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.


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.

Register by May 13, 2020

Cost: $675
Deposits are waived. Balance due June 12th.

Includes registration, lodging, polo shirt, and meals during the conference.*

*Friday night dinner and lunch on Monday, June 22 is on your own.

Pre-Conference Requirements

Conference Schedule (subject to change)

California Focus Information for Delegates (English)

Pre-conference Handbook

All delegates must participate in the following Zoom conferences on a computer to view the information shared. Please save these dates!

Orientation May 20, 7-8 pm
Learn what you can expect at the conference and how to prepare for the conference using the Pre-Conference Handbook. Meet your chaperones and each other online before the conference!

Legislative Appointments: June 8, 7pm
Presented by Dr. Anne Megaro, Government and Community Relations Director, UC ANR


Adult Chaperones

Adult 4-H volunteers are key to making this a safe and memorable event. Please see our Overnight Chaperone page for the application process, job description and application.

Chaperone applications are due April 20, 2020.

Adult chaperones can register after they have been notified. After you are notified, please plan on participating in the following Zoom webinars on a computer:

Orientation May 20, 7-8 pm

Adult Chaperone Orientation: June 3, 7-8 pm


What you will learn and do

  • Vote sign
    Register to vote, conduct a primary election, and develop a campaign for your party candidates.
  • Enact legislation for the "governor" to sign into law.
  • Present a poster of your plan of action/service learning project for your community.
  • Meet with California State Legislators (Assembly Members and Senators)
  • Tour the State Capitol, Governor's office and 3rd District Court of Appeals.
  • Participate in fun activities and tours.
  • Make new friends!


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

See what you can expect

California Focus Service Learning Project

During the conference, you will learn skills that will help you create and implement a Plan of Action in your local community.

Present your proposed project at the conference

On the last day of the conference, all California Focus delegates will present a poster about a service learning project they would like to implement in their community after the conference. You will receive feedback and questions that will help you develop a service learning project that will make an impact in your community.

We highly recommend you download and review the Service Learning Planning Guide before the conference to help you create your poster. Youth from the same county can work in teams. You will have time during the conference to create your poster.

All delegates will have until June 15, 2021 to complete their service learning project and submit a 4-H Delivers story in order to receive their certificate of completion and California Plan of Action pin.



August 1, 2020 Submit project proposal for approval

Use the Service Learning Planning Guide to develop your proposal. Adult coaches should download and reference the Service Learning Coaches Manual (PDF) to assist youth with their service learning planning and implementation.

**Your service learning project must be approved BEFORE you start.**

Submit Service Learning Project proposal


May 31, 2021 Completion of service learning project

Plan your service learning project to end by May 31, 2021.


June 15, 2021 Submit 4-H Delivers report of your project.

Upon completion of your service learning project, you must write and submit a 4-H Delivers story. This is part of your reflection on the project. Your project may be shared on the California 4-H Grown blog and promoted on the state 4-H website and social media.

After you submit your 4-H Delivers story, you will receive your certificate of completion and California Focus Plan of Action Pin.

Cal Focus Plan of Action pin
Cal Focus Plan of Action pin

Submit 4-H Delivers Story


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