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Afterschool Programs

What can 4-H offer afterschool programs?

4-H Afterschool is a special focus area within the California 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H partners with community youth serving agencies to support quality afterschool environments.  4-H provides support to afterschool programs in the following ways:

  • Conducting staff development opportunities for afterschool line staff
  • Providing research-based “hands on” curriculum


Staff Training and Development

SJCOE training (YES) 3
4-H staff provides afterschool training in the following topics:

  • Guidance and discipline
  • Program management
  • Parents as partners
  • Teens as teachers
  • Utilizing 4-H youth curriculum

Tools of the Trade I - Giving Kids a Lifetime Guarantee
Tools of the Trade I contains 15 hours of staff development for frontline afterschool staff. This curriculum contains training on program and youth management topics such as ages and stages, guidance and discipline, parents as partners, program management and teens as teachers. Each session provides complete instructions, readily available supplies and session evaluations.  

Tools of the Trade II - Inspiring Young Minds to be SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Ready for Life!
Tools of the Trade II contains over 21 hours of training for frontline staff on incorporating science, engineering and technology in afterschool settings. This curriculum uses a hands-on, interactive approach. Each session provides complete instructions, readily available supplies and session evaluations. 

If you are interested in receiving these trainings, please contact Alyssa High at ahigh@ucanr.edu or 209-953-6106.


School Enrichment Programs

School enrichment programs allow youth to receive 4-H Youth Development Program curricula or other educational materials in a group or classroom during school hours. 4-H also provides training for teachers in a variety of topics, ranging from positive youth development to effective learning models and methods to specific curriculum.

'Ag in the Classroom,' a 4-H School Enrichment Program, is a program coordinated with school personnel that uses select 4-H learning materials as well as California Ag in the Classroom curriculum as part of the school curriculum during school hours. The program includes one or more sessions with activities led by 4-H Youth Development Program staff, volunteers, and teachers.


4-H Youth Curriculum

4-H provides research-based hands-on youth curriculum that can be used to provide enrichment activities in afterschool settings. Please go here for more information, or download the  San Joaquin County 4-H Curricula Library list.

County 4-H Staff can also train groups on how to best use some of these curricula, such as Water Wizards and Youth Experiences in Science.  For more information on scheduling a training, please contact Alyssa High at ahigh@ucanr.edu or 209-953-6106.