California 4-H Vision and Mission
A world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change.
The University of California (UC) 4-H Youth Development Program (YDP) engages youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.
UC 4-H provides meaningful opportunities for all youth and adults to work together to create sustainable community change.
UC 4-H engages young people in three primary content areas: civic engagement and leadership, healthy living, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- California 4-H supports UC ANR mission and strategic initiatives, public values, and clientele needs.
- California 4-H recognizes that professionals provide the youth development framework and program priorities for volunteer educators and other extenders who bring knowledge, experience, and passion to work with youth.
- California 4-H appreciates, respects, and values diversity through a commitment to inclusion of diverse Californians.
- California 4-H professionals respond to local needs within a statewide positive youth development framework.
- California 4-H innovates to maximize impact and resources while documenting unique youth development contributions.
Primary Mission Areas
Our hands-on projects fall under four primary areas. We provide meaningful opportunities for youth and adults to work together to create sustainable community change.
- Civic Engagement
- Healthy Living
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
4-H Staffing Plan
See our Staffing Plan to learn more about our efforts to support the growth of the 4-H Youth Development Program by providing greater program support, additional employees and greater access to programs.
4-H Strategic Plan 2023-2028
The CA 4-H Strategic Plan 2023-2028 focuses on three interconnected themes to advance UC 4-H towards high quality, equitable youth development programming and applied research over the next five years.
See the previous 4-H Strategic Plan, 2018-2028.