Civic Engagement Academy

Registration Extended to Friday June 17 at 12 Noon!

This year only, we are offering the Civic Engagement Academy as a statewide conference in place of the California Focus conference.

Civic Engagement Academy

June 24 to June 28, 2022
Holiday Inn – Arena Downtown Sacramento

This is a one-time opportunity for youth and adult leaders to experience the Civic Engagement Academy (CE Academy) as participants in a statewide event.

The CE Academy curriculum was developed over four years. It was developed to be delivered locally by counties. Using the Teens as Teachers model, teen leaders, supervised by 4-H Adult Volunteers, are trained to lead the workshops in their county. Workshops at this conference will be led by the State Ambassadors and teen leaders from the Civic Engagement Advisory Committee.

Who should participate?

This conference is open to everyone interested in making a positive difference in their community by empowering the youth voice:

  • Youth ages 14 and up*
  • Adult volunteer leaders*
  • 4-H professionals 

* If you are not a current 4-H member or adult volunteer in the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program, please contact Jenna Colburn before you register.

What will you do at the Civic Engagement Academy?

Improve your skills to become a leader in making a positive impact in your community through a service learning project. You will be participating in  skill building activities to develop and plan a service learning project of your choice. Themes include:

  • Find your Spark and Choose your Cause
  • Know your Community – Map it out
  • Putting it All Together
  • Practice your Pitch – Build support for your project

Limited State UC 4-H Scholarships are available. Apply for a Scholarship here

Chaperones needed! Please read the requirements and apply as a Chaperone. Please wait for acceptance before you register for the event.


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If you have any registration questions, please email Program Support Unit

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is California Focus going to be the Civic Engagement Academy instead this year?

A: Service learning has always been a part of California Focus. This year only, we are introducing the Civic Engagement Academy as a statewide event so youth and adults can see what it’s about. This curriculum was developed over 4 years. It is designed as a Teens as Teachers model for counties to host. Youth will be trained to lead the CE Academy in their county, supported by 4-H Adult volunteers.

Q: Will we be meeting with state legislators?

A: No, we will not be meeting with state legislators this year because many of their offices have restrictions on meeting right now. However, we are inviting legislators and community leaders to speak at the conference.

Q: Will California Focus come back?

A: YES! We are planning to host California Focus in two years, in 2024. We are in the process of updating California Focus so please check back and plan to participate in 2024!

4-H Environmental Survey

A new survey by National 4-H Council and the Harris Poll exploring teens’ perceptions and attitudes about the environment found that across demographic groups, 75 percent of Gen Z teens in the U.S. are worried about the future of the planet.

Press Release (PDF)

4-H Environmental Study-Final Report (PDF)