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

About California 4-H

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The California 4-H program is a part of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide network of the University of California. UC ANR researchers and educators are dedicated to the creation, development and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural and human resources. 

Led by research-driven programming from UC ANR, 4-H is a youth development organization for youth ages 5-19 that promotes hands-on, experiential learning. Youth members and adult volunteers from all backgrounds and locations in California are welcome. Members have the opportunity to participate in the 4-H program through afterschool programs, community clubs, camps, events, conferences, and military partnership programs.

Engaging Youth...

The 4-H Youth Development Program emphasizes enrichment education through inquiry-based learning. Youth are encouraged to discover their passions, adopt a growth mindset, practice self-reflection and set goals. 4-H projects and programs are focused around the core content areas of citizenshiphealthy living, and science, technology, engineering, and math.

We have developed a "Handbook For New Families" as a guide to help understand the 4-H program. Below is the handbook as well as a "County Information" sheet that can be filled in with county contact information. 

Building Relationships...

The California 4-H Youth Development Program in 2016 includes more than 85,000 youth members supported by 13,500 caring and enthusiastic adult volunteers. 4-H provides participants with an opportunity to develop strong, positive relationships with adults while engaging in meaningful activities. By placing an emphasis on youth-adult partnerships, both members and volunteers can effectively learn, plan and work together to thrive.

Initiating Partnerships...

The 4-H Youth Development Program maintains a unique partnership of cooperative extension with the USDA, University of CaliforniaCA 4-H Foundation, and county governments. These public partnerships, along with private benefactors, support the mission and direction of the 4-H program, advance the field of youth development, and enrich the programs delivered to youth.

4-H Mission
4-H History
4-H Framework
4-H Outcomes & Impacts


Page Last Updated: December 1, 2017
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