Educational Workshops at SLC are fun and engaging opportunities to learn. Every year, participants rank the workshops as one of their highlights of the State Leadership Conference. All workshops take place on Saturday, July 24.

Submit a Workshop Proposal

Proposals will be reviewed an accepted on a rolling basis until June 1 or when the available workshop spaces are filled. 


To Workshop Presenters:

As an educational workshop presenter, you will be an integral part of the conference. The success of the conference is directly related to your willingness to work with UC 4-H youth and provide meaningful educational opportunities.

In an effort to provide the highest quality workshops, presenters should:

  • Model the experiential learning cycle.
  • Be fun, engaging and stimulating for participants.
  • Fall under one of the 4-H Mission Initiatives.
  • Fit into a subcategory
  • If possible, relate to the theme "Vision 2020: Laying the foundations of your future."

The conference theme and educational platform focuses on how young people can create change in their communities through activism, advocacy and service.

Our past experience shows that a high-quality workshop requires three hours of preparation per hour of presentation. Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to develop material for attendees to take home with them or provide electronic materials that we can upload to our State Website for participants to download.  

In acknowledgment of the considerable effort involved in producing and presenting a workshop, you will have access to a Presenters Lounge for snacks and refreshments before and after your session.

Proposal Selection Criteria

When reviewing the workshop proposal, the committee evaluation will be based on the following criteria: 

  • The content offers a significant contribution to the goals of the conference and can clearly fit into an A 4-H Mission initiative and sub category
  • The workshop has a clearly stated purpose and objectives.
  • The workshop format is dynamic and engages the audience through participation and discussion (use of the experiential learning model).
  • The workshop provides the audience with concrete ideas/models that can be applied in their UC 4-H experience and beyond. 

You will be notified of your proposal status by June 19, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in the California 4-H State Leadership Conference. For additional information about 4-H, please visit the State 4-H website.

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4-H Mission Initiatives

The Mission of UC 4-H is to provide meaningful opportunities for youth and adults to work together to create sustainable community change. This is accomplished within four primary content areas called Mission Initiatives. Educational sessions should include one of the mission initiatives:

  • 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) - Provides opportunities for youth to engage in the process of discovery and exploration while developing STEM skills.

  • Healthy Living - Teaches youth to lead and guide others to healthy and productive lives, physically, mentally and emotionally, as they grow into adulthood.

  • Civic Engagement - Encourages youth to become well-informed and engaged citizens of the world.

  • Positive Youth Development -The research-based approach we take in UC 4-H to intentionally provide both support and opportunities for members to reach their full potential and thrive.


Educational Workshops should also fulfill one of the sub-categories below:

  • Leadership - Develop skills to intentionally provide guidance, direction, and management of self and others. Develop a strong understanding of how to manage leadership roles and responsibilities in roles such as teens as teachers, teen leaders, or club officers.

  • Conflict Resolution and Communication – Improve skills in teamwork and resolving conflicts in positive ways.

  • Youth Adult Partnerships - Inform and develop skills to work effectively in a youth-adult partnership within projects and county programs.

  • Cultural Competence - Enhance youth’s skills in intercultural competency.

  • Public Policy – Activism, advocacy, and how to effect positive change in the community.

  • Mentoring - Help youth grow in their ability to seek mentors through youth-adult partnerships and grow in their ability to mentor others.

  • Facilitation - Effective strategies for leading meetings and events, e.g., parliamentary procedure, time management, etc. 

  • College and Career Exploration - Provide insight and opportunities for members to explore college and career goals, e.g., how to fill out applications, write effective resumes, interview skills, etc.