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4-H in San Mateo/San Francisco Counties

Healthy Living Ambassadors Program

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The Healthy Living Ambassador Program

The 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. Teens can earn up to 40 hours of Community Service hours, network with professionals in various fields, and can have a great program to add to any resume or college application! 


Spring 2018 HLA Garden Program


The Spring 2018 Program is underway.  Here is what we will be doing...

...lead Garden/Nutrition/Physical Activity Lessons

...once-a-week for 11 weeks (March 5th to May 26th)

...for 2 hours. Meet at 3:30, begin lesson at 4, finish at 5, team reflection until 5:30 a team with a UCCE Nutrition Educator and 3 to 5 HLA's 6 Elementary Schools in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties:

 San Mateo Park // Woodrow Wilson // Fair Oaks // El Granada // JFK // Garden Village

Application period ended February 21, 2018


Join our Mailing List to learn about HLA programs in Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 


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For Teens

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A Healthy Living Ambassador... between 12 and 19 years old. interested learning more about Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Gardening.

…will serve as a positive role model for elementary school kids. committed to the 11-week program.

...earns up to 40 hours of community service.

…brings their experiences, interests, and expertise forward.

…will learn and grow as positive role models for their peers. 


The HLA program is for everyone. We know that these topics might be an introduction for some HLA Applicants and that is OK. HLA is an opportunity to learn more about the world and an opportunity to teach and help those in the community.


APPLY HERE- Spring 2018 App


HLA Garden Lesson School Site Map

HLA Program History

Spring 2018 will be our 5th Year of the Healthy Living Ambassador Garden Program. We are excited to have many teens return this year and participate again and bring with them the skills and knowledge from previous years, plus incorporate their experiences from other programs. Everyone has something to bring to the HLA Program.

In the Spring of 2017, 38 teens taught at 5 different elementary schools and we reached approximately 125 students each week across San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. These students received 2 hours of instruction a week by HLAs.

In the Spring of 2016, 42 teens worked at 6 different elementary school garden sites. 2 hours of Garden and Nutrition reached 165 elementary students each week across San Mateo and San Francisco Counties, delivered by the HLA Teen Teachers. 

In the Spring of 2015, 33 teens worked at 5 different elementary school garden sites, and taught 400 students about garden and nutrition in a 1 hour session. 

The HLA Program began in SF/SM Counties in 2014.

For Parents/Teachers

The Benefits of 4-H / HLA Programs: 
  • Offers youth a safe, healthy, caring, and enriching environment to learn and practice group dynamics within their cohort and with the students. 
  • Engages youth in long-term, structured learning in partnership with peers and adult professionals.
  • Helps young people participate in engaging, exciting programs while developing valuable leadership skills and job skills with lifelong benefits. 
  • Trains and offers technical assistance to help youth with skill development whether its for college applications or for a resume.
  • Offers opportunities to connect with like-minded peers and build new friendships. Encourages a sense of community and resilience.

We are always looking for adult volunteers from all walks of life to mentor our HLA teens! If you are interested in volunteering please send an email to 


Want an HLA program at your School?

 If you want to learn more about our program or have questions that are not answered here, please reach out to Will Easlea, the Healthy Living Ambassador Coordinator at

HLA Program Coordinators

The Healthy Living Ambassadors (HLA) Garden Program is a collaboration of the UC Calfresh Program and the 4-H Youth Development Program.


UC Calfresh HLA Coordinator is Will Easlea. Please feel free to reach out and contact him at

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4-H HLA Coordinator is Mary Carp.



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 Will Easlea at for assistance and more information. 

Page Last Updated: March 23, 2018

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