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

California 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Alumni lead UC ANR

The 4-H program and Cooperative Extension in all states are supported through the state's land grant university. The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) supports us here in California. We are unique in having two 4-H Alumni leaders

  • Glenda Humiston, Vice President of UC ANR
  • Brent Hales, Associate Vice President, Program Council

They share their 4-H stories and the influence it has had on their lives.

Four questions about 4-H: Humiston recounts how 4-H shaped her life journey

A young Glenda Humiston (second from right) poses with the town trash cans painted as part of a 4-H project, along with her sisters (right-most and left-most) and her mother (second from left). Photos courtesy of Glenda Humiston

If you're on a video call with Glenda Humiston when she's in her home office, you'll see the sign right above her left shoulder, prominently displayed: “4-H CLUB MEMBER LIVES HERE.” It's the same sign that hung on her...

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 9:52 AM

Four questions about 4-H: Hales reminisces about his youth club days

Brent Hales stands with members of the Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Council at the 2023 Farm Show. Photos courtesy of Brent Hales

Between 4th and 8th grade, Brent Hales had acquired from those years in 4-H a lifetime's worth of skills, a group of lifelong friends, an expanded perspective on the world – and the track suit of his dreams. The middle child of seven kids, young...

Posted on Monday, October 2, 2023 at 12:59 PM

Latest posts on the California 4-H Grown blog

Growth, Learning, and Victory: California 4-H Excels at NJHA 2023

Karenna, Allura, Andrew and Richard show off their medals with coach Michael Rethwisch. Photo credit: Julia Logan

Our California 4-H Horticulture Team headed to Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 6th to participate in the 2023 National Junior Horticultural Association (NJHA) annual convention. The event included teams from all over the country. Each state brings a state display which highlights agricultural products from their home state....

Empowering 4-H'ers: California Delegation's Impactful Trip to D.C.

The California 4-H delegation with Ben at the Congressional offices

This April, five of us California 4-H'ers traveled to Washington D.C. for the 2023 National 4-H Conference. We even had a California 4-H'er, Ben Cederlof, on the USDA's 4-H Youth Leadership Team for the second year in a row! With a focus on civic engagement and leadership, we participated in roundtables to create briefings...

4-H Diamond Clover Award 2023 Winners!


Let's give the 2023 California 4-H Diamond Clover awardees a round of virtual applause!  We are so proud of this year's Diamond Clover awardees. They've been developing their 4-H career for years to earn this award. We congratulate them for their commitment to and passion for the 4-H program. Each of the...

Young people in 4-H are uniquely prepared to step up
to the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Through hands-on learning and positive youth-adult partnerships, youth acquire knowledge and develop life skills that enable them to find and focus their energy into their passions while also giving back to the community.

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The 4-H Youth Development Program in California is open to young people and adult volunteers from all backgrounds and locations in California. 


COVID-19 update

Updated June 7, 2023

4-H activities can resume in-person, following Basic Safety Standards. Please see our COVID In-person Updates page to view the Basic Safety Standards, effective September 2, 2022. Get information about COVID-19 at ANR Environmental Health & Safety.

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