ANR Employees
University of California
ANR Employees

Call for Positions Test

Position Details

001 4- H Youth Development

Contacts

Associated Documents

Status

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.

Comments

10 Comments

1
Stanislaus County has the largest 4-H program in the state of California when considering the number of enrolled youth (1,495) and adults (564). San Joaquin County also has one of the largest programs with 1,034 youth and 424 adults. Both have been without a 4-H advisor for several years. In addition, 4-H program rep FTE is grossly understaffed according to the March 2012 Report on the Program Representative Staffing Plan submitted to AVP Barbara Allen Diaz, which states that "a full time PR in a single county could reasonably support 640 youth. Over 1,300 youth requires additional FTE dedicated to management of the 4-H YDP". Currently Stanislaus County has only a 60% program rep while San Joaquin County has a 70% 4-H program rep. The combined numbers of enrolled youth (2,529)and adults (988)for this position would be one of the largest 4-H advisor cluster assignments proposed in California. It is difficult to imagine that there is a greater need for a 4-H advisor anywhere in the state. Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties have a history of cross county cooperation, including within the 4-H program. This position has very strong support from the 4-H state office.
Posted Jun 26, 2012 11:49 AM by Roger Duncan
2
San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties have a long history of strong 4-H Youth Development Programs in communities that have passionately supported 4-H. Some of the 4-H Clubs have been active for nearly 100 years and have had as many as 4-5 generations of youth pass through their programs. Both counties have been without a 4-H advisor and academic leadership or program development for over 5 years, yet they still rank as the second and third largest 4-H county club programs in California, with 2,529 youth, 988 adult volunteers, functioning in 53 4-H clubs or operating units. The commitments of these adult volunteers and their communities have held these programs in place, despite growing frustration with the University for not hiring advisors to provide academic leadership and program development.
Stanislaus and San Joaquin have cultural similarities, community values, with strong Farm Bureaus as partners with many families living in small towns and rural areas who are avid 4-H enthusiasts. Stanislaus and San Joaquin County Extension and 4-H activities are often jointly conducted, with several academic advisors serving both counties. Youth needs in both counties align with ANR’s Strategic Vision and Healthy Families and Communities Strategic Initiatives.
Academic leadership (a new 4-H advisor) within San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties would be able to utilizing existing programs and conduct research that could contribute to and produce policy-relevant outcomes related to youth Science Literacy and holistic approaches to positive youth development. The youth needs in both counties align with ANR’s Strategic Vision and Healthy Families and Communities Strategic Initiatives. Both agricultural and Nutrition Family Consumer Science (NFCS) Advisors in both counties work closely together and have strong nutrition education programming in schools and community-based organizations offer cross-disciplinary opportunities for a holistic approach to positive youth development and inquiry-based learning. External groups that have expressed the need for greater 4-H support in both counties include both county Farm Bureaus, San Joaquin County 4-H Foundation Board members, both 4-H Councils and several community-based organizations. The San Joaquin 4-H Foundation Board has provided over $70,000 in college scholarships in the last 20 years and current board members have expressed a desire to fund program development projects in local 4-H clubs. But a 4-H advisor is needed to deliver research and program development projects that could develop youth and their communities.
This is my highest and only priority position request for San Jaoquin County. Both Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties have strongly supported 4-H Youth Development programs in the past and their Farm Bureaus, the two largest in the state, have strongly supported 4-H and Cooperative Extension activities. A staffing plan that provides for programmatic clustering between Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties would support common and critical issues in both counties, especially 4-H.
Sincerely, Brent Holtz, CD in San Joaquin County
Posted Jul 19, 2012 12:54 PM by Brent Holtz
3

I support this proposal 100%. Stanislaus County has been without a 4-H advisor for too long. My family has participated in 4-H activities for a number of years. I believe this program would flourish if a full time leader was in place. I respectfully ask you give this proposal your highest consideration.
Posted Jul 26, 2012 3:16 PM by Supervisor Terry Withrow
4
San Joaquin and Stanislaus county have two of the largest 4-H programs in California with a long and connected history of 4-H Youth Development Programs in communities that have passionately supported 4-H. Several clubs between both counties have had been in continuous existence for over 100 years and have had many generations of the same families pass through their programs. Both counties have been without an advisor and academic leadership or program development for over 5 years, yet they still rank as the second and third largest 4-H county club programs in California, with 2,529 youth, 988 adult volunteers, functioning in 53 4-H clubs or operating units. The commitments of these adult volunteers and their communities have held these programs in place, despite growing frustration with the University for not hiring advisors to provide academic leadership and program development.

These programs could continue that long and storied history and expand into areas that are in need of Youth Development programming within both counties. With high unemployment rates, high rates of youth in the juvenile justice program and increased drug usage, using the resources of the University of California would be well spent.
Posted Jul 31, 2012 11:41 AM by Russell Hill
5
The San Joaquin Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education in a non-profit, charitable organization founded with the intent of preserving the success of agriculture in San Joaquin County through education. By working with schools, community groups and other associations, we provide resources and guidance to those involved in agricultural education.

As a Foundation dedicated towards agricultural education, we strongly support a 4-H youth development position being implemented for San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.

As stated on the CA 4-H website, “4-H is a program that is dedicated to helping young people reach their full potential as competent, confident, caring leaders of character who are connected to others, and contribute to their communities.” The foundation and purpose of this organization is one that we firmly believe in. 4-H has helped shape many of our agricultural leaders today, and that is something that we do not want to lose.

Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties would greatly benefit from a Youth Development Advisor position. With the staggering number of youth, adult volunteers and county clubs in the two counties combined, it is a shame not to recognize the opportunity at hand to expand 4-H in these counties. Our gracious volunteers have been a driving force in Stanislaus and San Joaquin 4-H programs; with several of them operating county wide programs single handedly. With the addition of this position, we can increase our outreach to include more people in our communities.

A program with such great potential needs a dedicated advisor that truly believes in the purpose of 4-H and all that the organization stands for. We believe that volunteers should be given aid and direction in carrying out 4-H programs and competitions. With a youth development advisor focused towards creating partnerships, expanding membership and advancing programs, the growth potential and impact is immeasurable. Collectively, we need a strong unified voice that represents 4-H and has the youth’s best interest in mind.

With such a vast agricultural presence in both counties, utilizing 4-H as a means for youth to learn about agriculture and develop necessary life skills is something that we find invaluable.

As a Foundation, we are more than willing to assist in this process as needed.

Pati Hamm
SJFB Foundation President
Posted Aug 1, 2012 9:18 AM by Pati Hamm
6
The 4-H Youth Program in San Joaquin County is a premier youth organization that serves approximately 1000 youth and 300 leaders annually and remains one of the largest programs in the state. The need for a youth advisor is imperative if the program is to remain functional in the future. San Joaquin County has been without an advisor for six years while being staffed with only a limited time program rep. A youth advisor is the vehicle for teaching new skills, providing program direction, while re-building leader and parent confidence in the values of 4-H.

Since 1951 the primary focus of the SJ County 4-H Foundation has been awarding scholarships to deserving 4-H members. with the curtailment of University support in staffing, the Foundation is seeking more ways to assist in program development. This has been most difficult without the presence of a professional youth advisor to provide the needed leadership to any efforts the Foundation wishes to make.

The SJ County 4-H Foundation board of trustees, strongly recommends that UC ANR administration address the need and assign an advisor to serve San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties 4-H programs.

Sincerely,

San Joaquin County 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees
Ben Waller
Tom Stokes
Frank Faria
Mick Canevari
Pati Hamm
Posted Aug 1, 2012 2:48 PM by Michelle Drummond
7
The Stanislaus County Farm Bureau is the largest agricultural organization in Stanislaus County. One of our continuing goals is the education of the community and youth of our county.

Our 35-member Board of Directors strongly supports a 4-H youth development position being implemented for San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. Most of our leaders were all beneficiaries of their local 4-H program.

As stated on the CA 4-H website, “4-H is a program that is dedicated to helping young people reach their full potential as competent, confident, caring leaders of character who are connected to others, and contribute to their communities.”

Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties would greatly benefit from a Youth Development Advisor position. With the staggering number of youth, adult volunteers and community clubs in the two counties combined, it is an excellent opportunity to expand 4-H in these counties. The 4-H program is one of the best vehicles to not only educate youth from a variety of social and economic backgrounds, but to ultimately educate their families as well. The lessons learned in 4-H create life-long memories and skill-sets - all in one program.

We encourage the University of California to enhance this invauable outreach in San Joaquin & Stanislaus counties. The benefits reach far beyond the farms and into the fabric of our communities. We stand ready and willing to assist you in any way that we can.

Sincerely,

Ron Peterson
President
Stanislaus County Farm Bureau
Posted Aug 6, 2012 12:41 PM by Ron Peterson
8
The San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation is a non-profit, membership organization representing over 4,000 members. As the leading agricultural organization in our county, we take great pride in our educational programs, and have worked with our local 4-H leaders on many projects.

Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties represent two of the largest 4-H programs in the state. It is imperative that we have a full-time Youth Development Advisor to help guide this program into the next generation. With the great volunteers in our region, we have successfully kept many programs available for our children; however it would behoove the state to have leadership in these counties to help continue the strength of these programs, and help expand them to meet the needs of the community.

With the ever-changing environment in our region, it is important to not only continue our agricultural programs to teach our rural children important life skills, but also to reach out to our urban children and teach them these skills that are no longer a part of their everyday curriculum. In addition, a full time advisor would be able to work with the community to discover new and innovative programs that would appeal to all in our area.

It is important to continue the popularity of this program by having more outreach into our community. By forming partnerships with local businesses and companies, leaders will evolve, volunteer support will grow and the 4-H program as a whole will flourish. Without a full time advisor, it is difficult to maintain such a large program and reach its full potential.

4-H is a program that helps develop great leaders, and we have seen so many in our area come back to become strong leaders in their fields. With the help of a full time advisor these programs will continue to enrich the lives of our children in this area. Our two counties have proven we have the interest, as well as the volunteers to maintain a great program. With the help of a Youth Development Advisor, these counties would be able to provide more opportunities for our children and continue to grow.

If the Farm Bureau can assist in any way throughout this process, please let us know. We are more than happy to work with our 4-H leaders to see this program expand to become even more successful in the coming years.

Sincerely,

Bruce Fry
President
Posted Aug 6, 2012 3:44 PM by Brue Fry
9
The Stanislaus County Office of Education values the importance of 4-H in our communities and recognizes the positive impact this program provides to our youth. With the vast agricultural presence in Stanislaus and San Joaquin county it is imperative that this program continue to expand and assist young people.
The Stanislaus County Office of Education would like to see a coordinator in place who could continue promoting 4-H throughout both Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties.
Sincerely,
Tom Changnon
Stansilaus County Superintendent of Schools
Posted Aug 7, 2012 3:34 PM by Tom Changnon
10
For almost four years, I have represented the 26th Assembly District which includes a majority of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. As a lifelong farmer, I strongly believe and thoroughly understand that the 4-H programs are vital to the future of our youth, irrelevant of where their career path leads them. Equally, having the leadership of a UC 4-H Youth Development Advisor is critical to maximizing the full potential of the 4-H mission and objectives.

Stanislaus County has the second largest 4-H program in the State of California. San Joaquin County is ranked third in the state. With a combined 2,529 youths and 988 adult volunteers, they have struggled to fulfill the University of California’s 4-H Youth Development Program objectives of engaging youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. It is understood that they have functioned without a 4-H Youth Development Advisor for the past five years.

Both counties have similar demographics, histories of strong 4-H Youth Development Programs, passionate supporters for 4-H programs and are geographically situated. Sharing a Youth Advisor would be extremely beneficial to both counties. The UC Youth Advisor is the connection between the kids and the University ensuring the partnership and collaboration is maximized and that the youth are provided a wide variety of enrichment activities. With the Youth Advisor’s leadership, the 4-H’s ultimate goal of giving youth the skills they need to thrive and succeed throughout their lives will be realized along with their development through activities in science literacy, healthy living, and citizenship.

I strongly urge your consideration of approving the request for a UC 4-H Youth Development Advisor who would serve both Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 3:39 PM by Assemblyman Bill Berryhill

Add New Comment/Feedback for this Proposal

Comments are currently closed.
Webmaster Email: jewarnert@ucanr.edu