UCCE 4-H Program of Amador County
University of California
UCCE 4-H Program of Amador County

About Amador 4-H

"To Make the Best Better"

Welcome to the Amador County 4-H Program.

The Amador County University of California Cooperative Extension was establish in July of 1955. With the introduction of the University of California Cooperative Extension office to the county, the opportunity to bring the 4-H Youth Development Program arose.

Amador County 4-H Youth Development Program begin March 1, 1956 with the chartering of the Amador County 4-H Club Council. There have been many clubs started and closed since that time, such as the Carbondale 4-H Club, Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, Sierra Eagles 4-H Club, and many more. Today, in 2017, we have approximately 180 youth enrolled in local 4-H programs and nearly 50 adult volunteers engaging youth in varied learning experiences. There are six clubs within the county.

 

Amador County 4-H Community Clubs:

Fiddletown 4-H Club

Gold Nugget 4-H Club

Ione Community 4-H Club

Jackson Gold Wheels 4-H Club

Shenandoah Valley 4-H Club

Willow Springs 4-H Club 

 

Mission

Our mission is to engage youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.

 

Amador 4-H Office Hours

Monday-Friday 
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vera M. Bullard
Tuesday/Thursday 
1-6 p.m. or by appointment

Phone: 209-223-6484 
Address: 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson CA 95642

Email: vmbullard@ucanr.edu

 

History of the 4-H Youth Development Program

Late 1800's: Making Connections

In the late 1800’s, researchers discovered adults in the farming community did not readily accept new agricultural developments on university campuses, but found that young people were open to new thinking and would experiment with new ideas and share their experiences with adults. In this way, rural youth programs introduced new agriculture technology to communities.

The idea of practical and “hands-on” learning came from the desire to connect public school education to country life. Building community clubs to help solve agricultural challenges was a first step toward youth learning more about the industries in their community.

1902: Youth Clubs are Formed

Graham started a youth program in Clark County, Ohio, in 1902, which is considered the birth of 4-H in the United States. The first club was called “The Tomato Club” or the “Corn Growing Club”. T.A. Erickson of Douglas County, Minnesota, started local agricultural after-school clubs and fairs that same year. Jessie Field Shambaugh developed the clover pin with an H on each leaf in 1910, and by 1912 they were called 4-H clubs.

1914: Cooperative Extension System is Created

The passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914 created the Cooperative Extension System at USDA and nationalized 4-H. By 1924, 4-H clubs were formed and the clover emblem was adopted.

The Cooperative Extension System is a partnership of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 100 land-grant universities and more than 3,000 county offices across the nation. Cooperative Extension combines the expertise and resources of federal, state, and local governments and is designed to meet the need for research, knowledge and educational programs.

4-H Today

Today, 4-H serves youth in rural, urban, and suburban communities in every state across the nation. 4-H’ers are tackling the nation’s top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety.  4-H out-of-school programming, in-school enrichment programs, clubs and camps also offer a wide variety of STEM opportunities – from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science – to improve the nation’s ability to compete in key scientific fields and take on the leading challenges of the 21st century.

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