4-H & Families

In 4-H we believe in the power of youth. We know that every young person is unique, has strengths and real potential to improve our world. 4-H grows here.

Over the last 100 years, the UC ANR 4-H Youth Development Program has taught generations of California children about food, agriculture, leadership, and community service using learn-by-doing practices. The California 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM) Initiative seeks to increase science literacy and help address the growing need for scientists, engineers, and technical experts. 4-H empowers youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

4-H for you

It’s a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity. Trained 4-H professionals, in partnership with community-based volunteers, deliver local programs. Young people experience 4-H through school and community clubs, in school and after-school programs, and 4-H camps. Based on their interests and guided by adult mentors, youth develop their own pathway in 4-H. They select from a broad menu of local, state, and national 4-H projects and programs. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing opportunities for everyone.

Money talks

UC ANR's Money Talks is a hands-on, interactive, on-line program, available in English and Spanish. Our resources consist of colorful learner guides, comprehensive leader's guides, along with supplementary multimedia materials. Money Talks increases the financial literacy capability of youth and young adults (14-24) by giving them applied experiences that encourage fiscally sound decision-making in marketplace transactions.

Inspiring kids

We are committed to developing, delivering and evaluating program models that are culturally responsive to serve all Californians. There is a 4-H program in every California county.

Our activities in agriculture, STEM, community service, healthy living and more help young people gain the skills they need to be successful in life and have fun along the way. In 4-H we inspire kids to do.


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Featured Publications

Introduction to Poultry For Youth-Ages 5 t...
This fun publication from the California 4-H program provides an outline so that youth can learn about birds through experiential learning. Includes materials ...
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4-H Leadership Development Project
The 4-H leadership development project sheet outlines activity ideas for youth at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of skill. Gives suggestions on h...
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4-H Robotics Project
The 4-H robotics project sheet outlines activity ideas for youth at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of skill. Gives suggestions on how to tie the ...
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Rabbits - From the Animal's Point of View...
The Rabbits - From the Animal's Point of View Series is a 4H Youth Development curriculum that introduces youth to many aspects of rabbit care. This down...
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