4-H in San Mateo & San Francisco Counties
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4-H in San Mateo & San Francisco Counties

4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors

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The Healthy Living Ambassador Garden Program

The Healthy Living Ambassador (HLA) Garden Program aims to meaningfully engage teens in service learning activities that promote the health and well-being of their communities while providing them with skill building and leadership opportunities.


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Our garden program pairs teens with local elementary afterschool programs to teach a nutrition, gardening and physical activity curriculum for two hours a week for 10 weeks in the spring. In the spring of 2016, we worked with 42 teens at 7 different elementary school garden sites, reaching approximately 165 students each week across San Mateo and San Francisco counties. Our teen teachers begin this program with an intensive training at Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center in Half Moon Bay. Click here for full program information.

How to apply:

We will be accepting applications for the Spring 2018. If you have a school garden or would like to start one please email Mary Carp at mcarp@ucanr.edu.  Applications are due by TBD

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The Benefits of 4-H / HLA Programs 
  • Offers youth a safe, healthy, caring, and enriching environment.
  • Engages youth in long-term, structured learning in partnership with adults.
  • Young people participate in engaging, exciting programs while developing valuable skills with lifelong benefits. 
  • Training and technical assistance to help youth with skill development.

Partner with Us

For Teens

Start a Healthy Living Ambassador Program in your school or community! Fill out the survey below and a representative will contact you!

HLA Program Volunteers - Teens

For Adults

We are always looking for adult volunteers from all walks of life to mentor our HLA teens! If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the survey below.

HLA Adult Volunteers


4-H and 4-H HLA are educational programs of UC-Cooperative Extension. If you are interested in making 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors part of your school or organization in San Mateo or San Francisco Counties, please contact mcarp@ucanr.edu for assistance and more information. 


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