4-H is a Community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.
What is 4-H
Youth and Adults Growing Together
4-H is people...finding ways...to work, play and grow...
Multi-interest community, project-based clubs which hold regular meetings, sponsor community service activities, encourage youth leadership public speaking and development.
Small, Informal Groups
Single interest project or teen groups, with informal meetings on short or long term topics. Learning activities include leadership, citizenship, rocketry, foods and nutrition, crafts, woodworking, electricity, small and large animal care, and presentation skills.
Special opportunities to encourage the "Learn by Doing" 4-H experience...like skating party, judging events, presentations, field days, Skit Night.
Learning experiences in cooperation with other community agencies using 4-H designed programs.
...In the Community
Meet the special interest needs of members or groups. Youth may pursue a subject to desired level of expertise.
Develop responsibility and a sense of caring for the community.
Planned and led by youth officers to inform, educate, provide socialization and recreation.
Opportunities for travel/study-
Locally - with project field trips
To Sacramento - for California Focus
To Washington - with Washington Focus Study Program
International Exchange Groups
...In the County
Share successes and failures and celebrate with all who participate. Field days are held for: Guide Dogs, Rocketry, Cats, Small Animal Projects, and Fashion. Many of the large animals species also have their own field days.
Display 4-H projects and tell the 4-H experience at the Alameda County Fair, and California State Fair.
Junior and Teen Leadership programs help youth develop into responsible, self-directed, productive citizens of the world.
Youth learn about nature, develop new skills, have fun with others. Camp is led by youth and supervision and council from adults.
Youth: Approximately 1000 Alameda County youth of diverse backgrounds, ages 9 - 19, are involved in 4-H. Many clubs also have a Mini 4-H, or Primary Member, program for youth from 5 to 8 years old. They live in cities and in rural areas.
Volunteers: Volunteers plan programs to enrich the lives of students and to solve priority youth problems. Nearly 400 adults work directly with 4-H youth throughout the year. They work with kids, conduct county events and promote 4-H.
Parents: A special support group of adults who listen, questions, and react in helpful ways as project leaders, and advisors.
4-H Staff: In consultation with Youth Development staff, volunteers manage the 4-H system and work with youth.
Other Support: Support for 4-H comes from University of California Cooperative Extension staff, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, 4-H Leaders' Council and U.S. Department of Agriculture.