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

California 4-H Management Board

Structure of the Management Board and Committees

At least 50% of the Directors and Committee members should be youth. Youth aged 16 years and up by July 1 are encouraged to apply for all positions. The Treasurer and Resource Development Director positions are only open to adults.

The term of each adult volunteer is two years. The term of each youth member is one year. Directors may serve up to two terms consecutively. Directors need to apply for reappointment following each term.

In the case of vacancies, the Chair and/or Statewide 4-H Director may recruit members outside the open recruitment pool for candidates. 


Committee Selection Process

May 31 - Applications Due

June - The Management Board Director responsible for chairing the committee will review all committee applications, may conduct phone interviews, and will make selections to present to the Associate Director of 4-H Programs & Policy for review and approval. Please read the Selection Process (PDF) and the Committee descriptions for details on the requirements for applying to each committee. 

July 1 - Term begins

Recruitment will continue until committees are full.


We are recruiting for all Management Board committees. See the committee descriptions for more information about each committee. Youth are strongly encouraged to apply!


All business meetings are open to the public and posted on the 4-H events calendar.

The management board will meet next at the Santa Clara County extension office at 1553 Berger Dr., Bldg 1, in San Jose on December 2nd, 2017 (agenda).

You can attend in person or call in (see call details in the agenda). If you attend in person, please note that lunch is not provided.

Previous meetings

August 6, 2017 (agendarecording)
June 10, 2017 (agenda, draft minutes, recording)
April 30, 2017 (agenda, minutes, recording)
February 18, 2017 (agendaminute highlights, recording--missing first 15 minutes)
December 9, 2016 (agendaminutes, no recording)
August 14, 2016 (agendaminutes, recording

Building Something New

The creation of a California 4-H Management Board resulted from a two-year collaborative process that involved community partners and stakeholders from across the organization. The new Management Board structure replaces the Sectional and State 4-H Leaders’ Councils as of July 1, 2016. The new Management Board structure is intended to do several things:

  • Create new volunteer opportunities with specific focus areas. 
  • Expand the role of youth at the state and regional levels.
  • Open volunteer involvement through an application and selection process rather than by election. 
  • Set clear expectations - job descriptions and term length are publicly available. 
  • Empower committee leadership with a budget and the authority to fulfill their responsibilities. The Directors who lead committees are supported by 4-H staff.
  • Increase awareness, visibility, outreach, and participation in the program.
  • Improve the exchange of information, ideas, and access to tools.
  • Allow the 4-H Advisory Committees and State Management Board Directors to connect through periodic Management Board meetings. 
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