- 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