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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About 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador Program

The 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador (HLA) 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 8-10 weeks in the spring. In the spring of 2015, we worked with 33 teens at 5 different elementary school garden sites, reaching 400 students each week across San Mateo County. Our Teen Teachers will begin this program with an overnight 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 2016 beginning in December 2015. If you have a school garden or would like to start one please email HLA Coordinator Phil Minnick at pminnick@ucanr.edu
2016 Forms:
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


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


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 pminnick@ucanr.edu for assistance and more information. 


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