San Joaquin County 4-H
University of California
San Joaquin County 4-H

Welcome to 4-H Youth Development

Outstanding Leader Spotlight

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The Outstanding Leader Spotlight was created to periodically recognize San Joaquin County 4-H adult leaders who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to 4-H youth while inspiring youth and adults alike, to “Make the Best Better!”

A big thanks to Leslie Jones of North Stockton 4-H who has been selected for this Outstanding Leader Spotlight!  Bobby conducted a short email interview with her about her experiences in 4-H.


1. Please tell me about your involvement in 4-H (youth member and/or adult volunteer).

* How long?

* Why did you join?

* What projects activities have you participated in (as a youth and/or adult).

I was never in 4H nor did I know much about it until I joined as a parent volunteer. This is my 6th year as an adult community leader for North Stockton 4H. My son Brandon joined 4H because he wanted a fun and creative way to give back to his community while meeting youth with similar interests and goals. Over the years, I have been involved with many projects, activities, and events locally and regionally from leading projects in Thrive, bowling and outdoors to judging food fiesta to cleaning the Clements Stampede grounds to co-chairing NCS Consumer Science Field (Skills) Day.


2. Please tell me about some of your favorite memories of 4-H.

In general, the best moments in 4H have been to watch shy, quiet youth blossom into outgoing, extroverted youth that want to learn and make a difference in their community. I also really enjoy the events we have in our county. It’s great to see adult-youth partnerships in action. When a 4Her tells me, “Thanks for teaching me about dessert sushi” or “I had a really fun time today”, it’s worth all the time and hard work volunteers dedicate to 4H.


3. What are your favorite 4-H activities in San Joaquin County?

My favorite events in our county are the Fashion Revue, Speech and Presentation Day, and Food Fiesta. We also have many fun and educational events within our club.


4. How does 4-H impact youth in your opinion?

4H gives youth the skills and mindset to enrich not only their own lives but that of others as well. Youth learn to build things, grow things, cook things, set goals, identify sparks, work in teams, help people, make friends, get healthy, love science and technology, and give to their community. 4H helps youth discover and achieve their full potential.


5. How has your involvement in 4-H (as a youth and/or adult) impacted your life?

4H has been fun and educational for me. 4H has a wonderful group of youth and adults. They are my friends. They are my family. It’s great to see the positive impact 4H has on youth and our community.


Thanks again to Lesli Jones for her service in San Joaquin County 4-H!

Head, Heart, Hands, Health.  Growing Youth who Thrive.

4-H helps young people to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities.  4-H serves youth throughout California in urban, suburban and rural communities.

In 4-H, youth design and participate in their own programs and activities. This unique learn-by-doing model teaches essential skills that youth will use  throughout their lives, such as identifying sparks, desiring knowledge, setting goals, self-reflection, adapting to new situations, communicating, and responding to the needs of others.

Whether youth are building rockets, raising companion dogs, or planting vegetables, 4-H gives young people the skills they need to thrive and succeed throughout their lives.

Our Mission

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program engages youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. 



Core Values

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program provides a wide variety of enrichment activities with the ultimate goal of giving youth the skills they need to thrive and succeed throughout their lives. The focus of all 4-H programs is positive youth development through activities in science literacy, healthy living, and citizenship.  All 4-H programs are accessible and open to all youth.  For more information about 4-H Core Values, visit Chapter 1: Mission and Direction in the 4-H Youth Development Program.

Read more about the California 4-H Mission and Direction (2003).

4-H Blog Feed

  • Jefferson 4-H Hosts 55th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

    Added April 1, 2016
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    Jefferson 4-H hosted it's 55th annual Spaghetti/Tri-Tip Dinner. The yearly tradition allows Jefferson 4-H to hold just one fund raiser for the entire year. The funds raised are used to support every project that needs a special a purchase, such as bee...

  • 2016 Food Fiesta Results

    Added March 9, 2016
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    Food Fiesta was Saturday, March 5th at the Cabral Ag Center.  Over 40 4-H members from all over the county showcased their culinary talents at the event.  Check out the results below!   Junior Division:        ...

  • Community Service in action: Live Oak 4-H Crafts Project

    Added March 2, 2016
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    The Live Oak 4-H Club's Craft project comprised of four members Danielle Nigro 11, Emily Hansen 11, Amy Morgue 11, and Jenny Bruno 11 have had a busy start to the new as we've completed two big community service projects. In January, we made 11 tie...

  • Meet the Valley View 4-H Club!

    Added February 17, 2016
    Valley View 4-H

    San Joaquin County 4-H welcomes our newest club, Valley View 4-H in Stockton!  The group uses Valley View Charter School for its meetings, and many of the families are also enrolled at that school. The membership is interested in starting various...

  • VIDEO: Check out the Beautify Stockton project!

    Added December 11, 2015
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      See the video here.   For two years now, Elliott Stenzler of North Stockton 4-H (and is also a current San Joaquin County All Star) has been the driving force behind the Beautify Stockton project.  It has been recognized in many...

  • Guest Article from Sacramento Bee: "Linden teen wins $10,000 on Food Network’s ‘Chopped Junior’"

    Added December 9, 2015
    Junior contestant Elisabeth Watkins

    Original article can be found at  Cathie Anderson: 916-321-1193, @CathieA_SacBee   The Food Network threw everything from...

4-H Secretary

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Michelle Drummond


Office Phone: (209) 953-6106

Mailing Address: UCCE - San Joaquin County, 4-H YDP, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Suite #200, Stockton, CA 95206-3949

4-H Program Representative

 Ariel Clay


Office Phone: (209) 953-6106

Mailing Address: UCCE - San Joaquin County, 4-H YDP, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Suite #200, Stockton, CA  95206-3949


4-H Youth Development Advisor

 Robert Withrow-Clark


Phone: 209-953-6106

Address: UCCE - San Joaquin County, 4-H YDP, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Suite #200, Stockton, CA 95206-3949

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