- Author: Suzanne Morikawa
The State 4-H Advisory Committees play an important role in improving the programs, processes, and opportunities in the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. Applications for State Advisory Committees are open now until May 31, 2022. Youth are especially encouraged to join and share the youth perspective on topics that the Advisory Committee addresses.
Thanks to the work of our State Advisory Committees, we have been able to create new opportunities for 4-H youth, such as:
Public Speaking Advisory Committee: Piloting two new categories for State Presentation Events at this year's State Field Day.
Camping Advisory Committee: Plans and hosts the California 4-H Camping Conference every two years. The committee was also awarded 2020 Eleanor P. Eells Excellence in Research in Practice Award for their work to engage camps in evaluation review and the program improvement process.
STEM Advisory Committee: Created two new events for State Field Day – the 4-H STEM Shark Tank and 4-H Coding Challenge. Both events were introduced during the virtual State Field Day and were so popular that we are bringing them back to the In-person event.
Civic Engagement Advisory Committee: Launched a voter registration and information drive and also supported the Census project.
Incentives & Recognition Advisory Committee: Created new processes for virtual record book evaluation and submission, and created an updated County Ambassador program guide.
These are just a few of the recent accomplishments and contributions that our Advisory Committees have made to improve the 4-H Youth Development Program. Their impact influences state events and activities and supports the growth of opportunities for 4-H members statewide.
Using a youth-adult partnership framework, committees meet throughout the year both virtually and in-person. Because the work of Advisory Committees can span more than one program year, adults serve a two year term. Youth serve a one-year term, and have an option to continue an additional year.
Apply by May 31, 2022
Youth and Adult Volunteers are highly encouraged to apply! Please see the State Advisory Committee webpage for more information about each committee and to apply.