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

A Unique Citizenship Educational Experience!
June 16-20, 2017
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza- Sacramento

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Cal Focus 2015 group

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. 

Have you attended Cal Focus in the Past? Fill out a 4-H Delivers Story for your completed service learning project.

About #CalFocus17

Important info for Cal Focus 2017

View the 2017 Debate Topic

View the Cal Focus Information for Participants

Watch the Cal Focus Orientation Recording

View the Pre-Conference Handbook

View the Tentative Schedule


Check out this Students and First Time Voters Guide from the Community for Accredited Online Schools to learn more about voting before conference.


As a county prepare a short county presentation:

2-5 minutes on what makes your county special! If your county presentation is digital please send it to  jjburroughs@msn.com by Wednesday, June 14th. 

Make your Legislative appointment for Monday, June 19 between 10:00 am-1:30 pm 


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.

Youth Registration Deadline April 3, 2017

Adults can apply to chaperone by April 3, 2017.


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 Capitol Plaza, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA.

What you will learn and participate in 
California Focus 2017 5x7 flyer - English
California Focus 2017 5x7 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 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 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 contact Jenna Colburn at jcolburn@ucanr.edu 

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