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Welcome to San Joaquin 4-H!

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Club Lawn Displays (NEW!)

Promote your club to your local community and share your 4-H pride during National 4-H Week!  Displays should be up by October 4th and should not come down until October 10th.  Clubs can submit their displays to our contest to win a basket of 4-H gear and goodies for their club. Contest entry details are here: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=32164

Mars Base Camp STEM Challenge

4-H has partnered with Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension this year for a fun challenge to create and test a mini Mars Lander. If you’d like to participate, sign up ASAP and you can be one of the 20 participants who can pick up the kit from the 4-H office and join us for the Mars Base Camp fun! Kits are also available for purchase via Shop 4-H.

National 4-H Spirit Day (October 7th)

Make sure to wear your favorite 4-H gear on Wednesday, October 7th for National 4-H Spirit Day!  Take a photo and share it to our Facebook or Instagram pages and show off your clover pride.


Adapting 4-H for Hybrid Formats

We’ve annually provided some training for Community Club Leaders to prepare for the upcoming program year. This year will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most challenging. This video provides an overview of how to plan and think about using hybrid approaches to do 4-H meetings.  Please watch the video and then sign up for a CCL Workshop to have the chance to work through your plans with Academic Program Advisor Emma Fete and other club leaders.  Project leaders can sign up for the Project Leader Workshops to help plan their 4-H project.

News from California 4-H

Our Mission

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program engages youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. 

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Head, Heart, Hands, Health.  Growing Youth who Thrive.

4-H helps young people to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities.  4-H serves youth throughout California in urban, suburban and rural communities.

In 4-H, youth design and participate in their own programs and activities. This unique learn-by-doing model teaches essential skills that youth will use  throughout their lives, such as identifying sparks, desiring knowledge, setting goals, self-reflection, adapting to new situations, communicating, and responding to the needs of others.

Whether youth are building rockets, raising companion dogs, or planting vegetables, 4-H gives young people the skills they need to thrive and succeed throughout their lives.

Core Values

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program provides a wide variety of enrichment activities with the ultimate goal of giving youth the skills they need to thrive and succeed throughout their lives. The focus of all 4-H programs is positive youth development through activities in science literacy, healthy living, and citizenship.  All 4-H programs are accessible and open to all youth.  For more information about 4-H Core Values, visit Chapter 1: Mission and Direction in the 4-H Youth Development Program.

Read more about the California 4-H Mission and Direction (2003).