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

4-H Military Chartered Club Program

The Military 4-H Club program is a partnership of National 4-H Headquarters; U.S. Department of Agriculture; U. S. Army Child and Youth Services (CYS); U.S. Air Force Family Member Programs (FMP); and U.S. Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) to establish 4-H Clubs on ACTIVE Army, Air Force, and Navy installations (sites).

As a result of 4-H partnering with Army, Air Force and Navy, nineteen 4-H clubs operate in military afterschool centers across California. These clubs have become an integral programming component for Army, Air Force and Navy school-age youth programs. 

4-H clubs offer opportunities for military youth to explore new interests and gain skills in leadership, decision making, technology, science, environmental stewardship, and community service.  In addition to learning-by-doing in their club, military youth have an opportunity to participate with other 4-H youth in county and state programs.

Testimonials

"I think my favorite project we did last year was the microwave cooking project.  I am still making the fudge, and I get to make the egg recipe for my family sometimes.  They really like it.  It kinda makes me feel more independent. Since I did the photography project I am the one who takes all the pictures in the family now, but that’s okay with me. It’s nice that my best friends are in the projects with me.  It makes it fun for me. I liked being secretary because it made me feel important. I love being in 4-H because I’m learning something new all the time." - Alexis, military youth

"We are trying to get kids outside and active. We want the children to not only have fun, but learn while doing so." - Carola Murdock, youth center program assistant

4-H Military Club Requirements

California has 11 county offices with one or more active bases (sites).

4-H military clubs:

  • are chartered through USDA
  • enroll youth as 4-H members
  • train military staff and volunteer club leaders
  • are integrated into the ongoing 4-H program in the county

Partner

Club Requirements

Army CYS One 4-H club per installation (3-5 projects)
6 hrs per project
Air Force FMP One 4-H Club (3-5 projects; one must be in the area of health, nutrition, & fitness) 
6 hrs per project
Navy CYP One 4-H club per installation (3-5 projects)
6 hrs per project

Current 4-H Military Clubs

Current 4-H Military Clubs and UCCE County Contacts

 

Air Force

County/Name of Installation

4-H Youth Development Staff Contact Information

Kern County
-Edwards AFB

Veronica Slaton, Community Education Specialist
vaslaton@ucanr.edu (661) 868-6235

Santa Barbara County
-Vandenberg AFB

Andrea Borunda, Community Education Specialist

aeborunda@ucanr.edu (805) 893-3410

Solano County
-Travis AFB

Valerie Williams, Community Education Specialist
vawilliams@ucanr.edu (707) 784-1319

Sheila Bakke, Community Education Specialist

srbakke@ucanr.edu

Yuba County
-Beale AFB

Jeanne Christenson, Community Education Specialist

jpchristenson@ucanr.edu (530) 723-4801

Los Angeles

-LAFB

Keith Nathaniel, County Director

kcnathaniel@ucanr.edu (626) 586-1970

 

Army

County/Name of Installation

4-H Youth Development Staff Contact Information

San Bernardino County
-Fort Irwin Nat. Training Center

Cheryl Eggleston, Community Education Specialist

caeggleston@ucanr.edu (909) 387-2179

Holly Stevenson, Community Education Specialist

hstevenson@ucanr.edu

Monterey County
-Presidio of Monterey

Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty, County Director

lschmittmcquitty@ucanr.edu (831) 637-5346

 

Navy

County/Name of Installation

4-H Youth Development Staff Contact Information

Imperial County
-Naval Air Facility El Centro

Shanna Abatti, 4-H Program Rep for Imperial County
smabatti@ucanr.edu (760) 352-9474

Kern County
-Edwards AFB

Veronica Slaton, Community Education Specialist

vaslaton@ucanr.edu (661)868-6235

Kings County
-NAS Lemoore

Georgene Diener, Community Education Specialist
gldiener@ucanr.edu  (559) 852-2743

Monterey County
-Teen Tech Connection

 (Naval Post Graduate School)

Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty, County Director

lschmittmcquitty@ucanr.edu  (831) 637-5346

San Diego County

NAVSTA San Diego
-Silverstrand
-Murphy Canyon Youth Center
-Murphy Canyon Community Center
-Cabrillo

Naval Base Coronado
-Gateway
-Hartman
-Chesterton

Debbie McAdams, Community Education Specialist

dmcadams@ucanr.edu (858) 8227976

Sue Manglallan, Advisor

ssmanglallan@ucanr.edu

Ventura County
-Naval Base Ventura Port Hueneme
-Naval Base Ventura Point Mugu

Gwyn Vanoni, Community Education Specialist

gwvanoni@ucanr.edu (805) 645-1482

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