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

State 4-H Advisory Committees

The State 4-H Advisory Committees provide leadership and offer insight, review and input to the Statewide 4-H Director for the operation and management of the 4-H Youth Development Program.

Advisory Committees are a representative group of 4-H youth, adult volunteers, county and state 4-H staff and program partners. 

Advisory Committees


Apply for an Advisory Committee

We are not yet in open recruitment for 2024-25 Advisory Committees. Applications will open in May 2024. Please refer to this page at that time. For special consideration during the 2023-24 program year, please contact the Advisory Committee chair and complete the mid-year application below.

Advisory Committee application


Applications are accepted for each year by May 31. Note: some committees may accept applications after this deadline if spaces are still open. After May 31 of each year, please check with the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee you are interested in joining.

Only online applications will be accepted at this time. 

California 4-H Youth Development Program Advisory Committee Application


Membership in all Advisory Committees should reflect the diverse 4-H delivery modes, geographic locations, program experiences, and stakeholder representation in the 4-H Youth Development Program. The committee composition is determined by the Statewide 4-H Director and the Committee Chair, based on the committee charge and budget constraints. 

The Statewide 4-H Director approves appointments to each committee. In the event of vacancies and to ensure diverse representation, the Statewide 4-H Director may recruit and appoint members outside the open pool of applicants. 

Selection Timeline:

Date Action

Committee Chairs determine membership needs, which includes determining which members are continuing and which are rotating off.

May 31 Applications due

List of applicants sent to each Committee Chair for review. When there are not enough candidates to fulfill the committee needs, the Committee Chairs may nominate people for committee appointments.


Reference check on final candidates with county 4-H staff.


Appointments receive approval from Statewide 4-H Director.


Notification letters sent to all candidates.


Committee Chair Responsibilities

Committee Chairs are appointed by the Statewide 4-H Director. Responsibilities include:

  • Convening and facilitating committee meetings
  • Ensuring the committee fulfills its charge
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on candidates for their committee
  • Developing an annual budget, which is approved by the Statewide 4-H Director
  • Sharing committee work with all program stakeholders

Committee Responsibilities

  • Committee terms start on July 1st. Youth terms are one year, renewable for an additional year; Adult Volunteers and Partner terms are for two years.
  • Committees meet throughout the year, through face-to-face meetings, conference calls, and email communications in order to conduct committee business. 
  • Reimbursement for Travel Costs: All travel costs and related expenses for Advisory Committee members are reimbursed by the State 4-H Office in accordance with University policy.
Term starting July 1


Age 14 to 19 years of age during the term

Current and former 4-H members

12 months (renewable for 12 additional months)

Adult Volunteers

18 years of age and older

Current 4-H Adult Volunteers

24 months

Program Partners

Educators, funders, and other program partners and collaborators

24 months

County 4-H Youth Development Program Staff

4-H Program Representatives

4-H Youth Development Advisors

4-H County Directors

24 months

State 4-H Youth 
Program Staff and 
UC Administration

State 4-H Office Staff

Staff from Office of the Controller and Business Services

California 4-H Foundation Staff

Indefinite, based on position


Experts with specialized knowledge

Indefinite, based on position


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