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


Youth in Action Awards

Youth in Action Award logo
Every 4-H’er has a story, and those stories are worth telling! Sharing your 4-H story could earn you a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4-H Council’s Legacy Awards!

California 4-H has had several Youth in Action Award winners and finalists. You could be the next one!

The program recognizes four confident young leaders in our core pillar areas of Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living and STEM, giving pillar winners the chance to share how 4-H changed their lives and how they have used the skills they gained in 4-H to change the lives of others.

Through this experience, pillar winners will have the chance to tell their stories while meeting 4-H celebrities and other notable alums! One national winner will be selected from the four pillar winners to receive an additional scholarship and recognition!

Applications open on August 1 and close October 21, and you can subscribe online now for more information and tips for applying. To learn more about the qualifications and application process, please visit, or email any questions to


2020 Application Guidelines - deadline is October 22, 2019 (PDF)

Sample Application Videos

For more tips, see the recorded webinars for:

  1. 4-H staff and volunteers and
  2. 4-H youth

on the National 4-H Youth in Action Awards page.


Apply online by October 22, 2019 - 2020 Application



Help spread the word! Encourage youth to apply:

Flyer (PDF)

Sample email to adult leaders (PDF)

Sample email to youth (PDF)

Social media sample messages (PDF)



Golden Clover Award

The Golden Clover Awards recognize outstanding achievements of members, volunteers, program staff, and groups within the 4-H Youth Development Program. Golden Clover Award winners are awarded a small cash award, a medallion and lapel pin.

Individuals and groups may apply or be nominated in multiple categories.

Learn more about the Golden Clover Award.

Diamond Clover Award


The California 4-H Diamond Clover is the highest achievement for which a 4-H youth member is recognized. All youth members who achieve the requirements are eligible to receive this award. Awardees receive a California Diamond Clover Pin or Necklace Charm, a certificate and a recognition letter from the Associate Director of 4-H Program and Policy. 

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications are reviewed by the 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee and awarded quarterly.

Learn more about the requirements and download the application.

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