Jane Chin Young, 4-H Advisor
Staff: Allison Keaney and Vicki Jimenez
The Marin County 4-H Youth Development Program combines the direction of California 4-H statewide initiatives and the needs of the youth of Marin to deliver a program that grows leadership and life skills through club, project, classroom and camp experiences.
Making healthy choices
What is the adage, “one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it.” This is exactly what participating 4-H youth did through their participation in food and nutrition projects as well as participation in the Favorite Foods category at our Annual county Presentation Day. By making presentations and teaching others about nutritious foods and meals they became knowledgeable healthy choice instructors to their communities and families.
Growing skills and confidence in Science, Engineering, and Technology
S.E.T. (Science, Engineering and Technology) efforts continue to grow through National Youth Science Day and the new Junk Drawer Robotics Curriculum. Our beloved classroom embryology program reached over 1100 students through the efforts of staff as well as adult and youth volunteers. Students experience avian life cycles by hatching their own chicks and caring for them in their early days of development. Once again, animal science outreach to the community engaged nearly 7000 through Farm Day and the Fur & Feathers tent at the Marin County Fair. Our club and camp programs offered vet science, robotics, plant science and nature.
Demonstrating citizenship through community service
Growth in citizenship and contribution to the community is a core component to the 4-H program. This year, our youth members gave over 5100 hours supporting 26 different efforts and organizations that service children, the elderly, animals, the environment, the military and underprivileged. Marin County 4-H has partnered with Homeward Bound of Marin, Marin Food Bank, California State Parks, Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society, to name a few.