- Author: Capriana Jiang
College applications and college scholarships all are looking for a good essay, an interesting story and a catchy topic. As a 4-Her who was has been active for 9 years in El Sereno's beekeeping project, I had lots of options to create a buzz with.
Writing college applications, I was able to talk about the environmental contribution our bee project had. This included helping the local environment by increasing bee populations, and donating the money we earned from our honey sells to help the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On top of this, I was able to write about the leadership opportunities 4-H provided me.
When it came time for scholarships, all of the knowledge I had acquired from my leader Steve Demkowski, in conjunction with all the photos I had of me doing 4-H beekeeping, gave me lots of material to answer scholarship applications with. Here is an example of my scholarship project for Tulane University's Deans' Honors scholarship:
The prompt for this scholarship was “To give further evidence of your depth of thought, analytical skills, imagination, and creativity, use this box to explore an idea or academic area of interest. While your project should reveal something you are passionate about, you should not be the project's main focus or subject.”
My efforts led to numerous college acceptances and scholarship offers. Many of the acceptance letters cited my work with bees, and I credit 4-H for helping my essay topics stand out. The whole college and scholarship application process really made me appreciate all 4-H has given me. Best of all it exposed me to something I want to study in college – Environmental Biology, which I'll be doing at University of Puget Sound on the full-ride Matelich scholarship!
- Author: Suzanne Morikawa
We are able to continually move our 4-H program forward because of the work of 4-H volunteers. Youth and adult volunteers serve on club, county, Area, and State level committees to plan and organize 4-H events and activities.
Advisory Committees help shape 4-H.
Youth and adult 4-H volunteers impact 4-H at the State level through the State 4-H Advisory Committees. Advisory Committees provide leadership within their respective areas. Committee members offer insight and input for the operation and management of the UC 4-H Youth Development Program.
Meetings are held throughout the year term, mostly through video chats and conference calls. When meeting face-to-face, travel costs and related expenses are reimbursed in accordance with UC policy. The number of meetings vary with the needs of the committee.
We want your voice.
Our goal is to have each Advisory Committee represent and reflect the diverse aspects of 4-H in California, including, but not limited to:
- Youth members and adult volunteers
- Geographic locations
- Years of experience in 4-H
- Program delivery modes
- Community members and partners
Committee terms start on July 1st of each year. Youth (ages 14 to 19) serve one year and adults (volunteers, staff, partners) serve two.
We are currently seeking applicants for the following Advisory Committees:
Provides leadership and guidance regarding implementation of new or revised 4-H policies.
Develops strategies to enhance 4-H camping programs.
Provides vision and direction for civic engagement programming.
Animal Science Education
Gather input on direction for statewide animal science programs and identify opportunities for youth interested in animal science education.
Identifies, discusses, and agrees on recommendations regarding the shooting sports program.
Incentives and Recognition
Reviews, formulates, and evaluates incentives and recognitions.
For more information about the Advisory Committees, the selection process, and committee timeline, please see our Advisory Committees webpage under the About tab on the State 4-H website.
Please spread the word — and apply by May 31st!
- Author: Gemma Miner
Dear 4-H Volunteer,
Thank you for your dedication, courage and your conviction, for bringing your sense of adventure to share and learn alongside the youth that you mentor.
Thank you for your compassion and your awareness, for seeing the need and responding. Thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge to help improve lives and build the capacity of youth to learn and grow.
Thank you for providing opportunities and education – and for knowing that the experiences you share, and the people you encounter, teach you more than you could have imagined.
Thank you for your patience, respect and perseverance. But most of all thank you for your kindness, and for being the inspiration youth need to thrive.
Whether you are a youth volunteer or an adult volunteer, your dedication and support is priceless. The snapshot below quantifies your contribution in time and economic impact, but we know it is so much more than that.
You and I may never know the exact, direct impact you made to help propel a youth member toward a successful life—but that, my friend, is your true purpose. It is your dedication, contribution, talent, time and gifts that make 4-H the amazing organization that it is.
On behalf of the University of California Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program, we thank you for your dedication to help youth lead happy, healthy, thriving lives.
Academic Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement
4-H Runs on the Power of Volunteers
- Author: Suzanne Morikawa
When creating an ad campaign, your target audience is your main consideration. You try to create a message–using words and/or images–that you feel would resonate with them. Last year, we held a Promotional Ad Contest at State Field Day, sponsored by the Public Relations and Marketing Committee of the California 4-H Management Board.
Ads that resonate with youth
The goal was for youth to create ads that would encourage other youth to join 4-H. All of the top entrants were asked to submit a PDF of their work so we could add the 4-H logo branding to each before being shared.
We didn't receive a PDF version of this ad that was submitted, but we took a photo to share with you.
Promotional ads for your use
Right-click to save the images below to use when promoting 4-H on social media (the captioned names will not show in the image). Thank you to all the youth who participated in this event.
Thinking outside of the box
Benjamin was creative in making his ad a printable flyer that had tear-away tabs so you can take the information with you. Download the PDF to print.
- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
- Editor: Suzanne Morikawa
The Solano County 4-H Skills Day is an opportunity for 4-H'ers to show what they've learned in their projects and demonstrate their showmanship skills. From that event, they are finding some great cooks! Read their stories by Kathy Keatley Garvey below – and also get their recipes!
From cavies to chili to chocoflan - Just in time for Valentine's Day!
First time cooks sweep Solano County 4-H Chili Cook-off - Great inspiration for cold weather
It's part cake, part flan.
The chocolate dessert recipe originates “from my Great-Aunt Esther and it's what we serve at all our family gatherings,” she said.
It's a winning one, at that. And just in time for Valentine's Day.
Celeste baked the dessert for the recent Solano County 4-H Project Skills Day—where 4-H'ers share what they're learned in their projects—and her presentation and recipe earned a showmanship award, one of seven awarded.
Last year she won a showmanship pin for her project, “Curls Just Want to Have Fun: How to Care for Your Curly Haired Guinea Pig.”
Celeste, a seventh-grader who just turned 13 at the end of January, is active in 4-H. She serves as the treasurer of her 4-H club and last year served as a Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) officer in the Solano County 4-H Program. This year she's enrolled in five projects: cavies, poultry, dogs, record keeping and rabbits.
Always eager to learn, Celeste decided to “take dogs, rabbits and poultry so I can learn showmanship,” she said, noting that she competed in the Round Robin Small Animal Showmanship at two county fairs last year but was inexperienced at showing animals other than cavies. So this year's she's set her sights on learning more about them. Her goal: to place first in Round Robin.
No stranger in the kitchen, Celeste served as a member of the Sherwood Forest 4-H Club's Chili Cook-Off team for the last two years in the Solano County 4-H Project Skills Day.
This year, however, she turned from chili to chocoflan. The evaluators loved it! So did the 4-H'ers and their families who sampled it.
Here's the recipe, just in time for Valentine's Day: Chocoflan recipe
The third time is not the charm.
The first time is.
At least it was for four first-time cooks who teamed to enter—and win—the 2019 Solano County 4-H Chili Cookoff, held recently in the Sierra Vista Elementary School, Vacaville.
The Cowtown Chili Boys from the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville--Xander Lovell, Ian Weber and brothers Francis and Matthew Agbayani-- served "Chili Con Carne," a generational family recipe from Xander's grandmother, Peggy Elgin of Maryland.
“That was the only chili we had growing up and we all loved it,” recalled Xander's mother, Diane Lovell, a Kaiser Permanente physician. “We'd go skiing and look forward to having it at the end of the day. So when the boys decided to enter the contest and asked who had a good recipe, I volunteered ours. They said ‘Hey, let's try it!'”
The youths gathered in the Lovell home where Mom Lovell, a radiologist who works at Vacaville Kaiser, showed them how to chop vegetables, measure the ingredients, and cook. None of the boys is enrolled in a 4-H cooking project.
The judges—Solano County District 4 Supervisor John Vasquez, Vacaville Mayor Ron Rowlett and Vacaville Councilman Raymond Beaty—declared the Cowtown Boys the winner after sampling the chili of six cook-off teams and listening to their presentations. The teams represented clubs in Vacaville, Suisun, Vallejo and Dixon.
The winners each received a 4-H backpack filled with a 4-H shirt, a Baskin Robbins gift card and a 4-H sticker, according to coordinator Deanne Weber of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club.
“The Cowtown Boys' chili was delicious,” said Vasquez, a 16-year member of the Solano County Board of Supervisors and a veteran 4-H chili judge. “Overall, this was the best competition ever. Everyone exceled in at least one area.”
This was the first year of judging for Rowlett and Beaty. Rowlett praised the overall presentations. “They were all very impressive,” he said.
Beaty, a first-year councilman, marveled at how the youths partnered with each other and showed both dedication and skill.
Other chili teams participating: