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

Enrollment Process

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All youth and adults desiring to join 4-H must enroll annually (July 1 through June 30). 4-H Enrollment is conducted by the 4-H Club and County 4-H Office in each county. Enrollment procedures may vary in each county, so check with your County 4-H Offices for more information.

Youth Enrollment

Youth are eligible to participate in 4-H if they meet the following criteria:

  • Primary Members (also called Cloverbuds or Minimembers) - Must be 5 years old by December 31 of the program year. Primary members cannot enroll in large animal projects. Youth enrolling or turning nine after December 31 must participate as a Primary Member until the end of the program year. (Some counties do not offer primary member programs, check with your County 4-H Office.)
  • 4-H Members - Must be 9 years old by December 31 of the program year and may continue in the program until the end of the calendar year in which they become 19 years of age. 

The 2014-2015 Youth 4-H Member Enrollment Form - English (PDF) or the 2014-2015 Youth 4-H Member Paper Enrollment Form - Spanish (PDF) is used for youth in organized 4-H clubs, special interest and short-term programs, and 4-H Camps. Payment is required to enroll in 4-H for program fees and 4-H accident/sickness insurance.

Steps to Take:

1. Find local clubs in your county by searching for your County 4-H Office.

2. Enroll in the CA 4-H Youth Development Program.

Need more information or help with enrollment? Contact your County 4-H Office or the adult 4-H volunteer club/camp leader of the local club you are interested in joining. If you have previously enrolled in 4-H using the 4hOnline system, please use the same login information. Forgot your password or email? Request it through 4hOnline or contact your County 4-H Office

3. Find projects that interest you! See a complete list of CA 4-H projects and contact your 4-H club leader to find out what projects are offered in your club.

Science, Engineering, Technology (SET): agriculture and life sciences, family and consumer resource management, environmental education, technology, engineering.
Citizenship: civic awareness, community service, service-learning, leadership & speaking, global citizenship.
Healthy Living: nutrition, physical health, safety, mental health.

See chapter 4 and chapter 5 of the CA 4-H policy manual for more information on enrollment and youth membership and participation.

Adult Application Process

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4-H YDP Volunteers are appointed by the County Director. The decision to appoint or not appoint a volunteer (whether initially or upon renewal) rests with the County Director, in consultation with appropriate 4-H staff. All appointments are made for the best interest of the 4-H Youth Development Program and 4-H members.

Adults are eligible to participate in 4-H if they are 18 years of age or older. A volunteer cannot simultaneously be a 4-H member. Chaperones must be 21 years of age or older (county age requirement may differ).

The 2014-2015 4-H Adult Volunteer Paper Application Form - English (PDF) or the 2014-2015 4-H Adult Volunteer Paper Application Form - Spanish (PDF) is used for adults in organized 4-H clubs and camps, and any other time where an adult will have direct contact with 4-H youth. Payment is required to enroll in 4-H for program fees and 4-H accident/sickness insurance.

Steps to Take:

1. Find local clubs in your county by searching for your County 4-H Office.

2. Enroll in the CA 4-H Youth Development Program. See detailed 4-H Adult Volunteer Enrollment Process

Need more information or help with enrollment? Contact your County 4-H Office or the adult 4-H volunteer club/camp leader of the local club you are interested in joining. If you have previously enrolled in 4-H using the 4hOnline system, please use the same login information. Forgot your password or email? Request it through 4hOnline or contact your County 4-H Office

3. Start making a difference in the lives of young people. Volunteers are the heart of 4-H! Choose a 4-H adult roleSee a complete list of CA 4-H projects. 

Science, Engineering, Technology (SET): agriculture and life sciences, family and consumer resource management, environmental education, technology, engineering.
Citizenshipcivic awareness, community service, service-learning, leadership & speaking, global citizenship.
Healthy Livingnutrition, physical health, safety, mental health.

See chapter 4 and chapter 6 of the CA 4-H policy manual for more information on enrollment and adult volunteer participation. 

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4hOnline is a web-based system used to enroll youth and accept applications for adults in the California 4-H Youth Development Program. To get started using the 4-H Online System, please visit california.4honline.com or contact your local County 4-H Office

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