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4-H Youth Development

4-H in Santa Clara County : Something for Everyone


The University of California Cooperative Extension for Santa Clara County, including the 4-H Youth Development Program staff, is working remotely. We are still here to answer your questions and address your needs. We will return your email as soon as possible.  

Susan Weaver, 4-H Program Representative, sjweaver@ucanr.edu

Evelyn Rumsby, 4-H Community Educator, erumsby@ucanr.edu

Chloe Tuckness, 4-H Student Assistant, ctuckness@ucanr.edu

Fe Moncloa, Ph.D., 4-H YDP Advisor, fxmoncloa@ucanr.edu


The California 4-H Directive for 4-H Programs

planning for in-person meetings/events/gatherings

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 safety recommendations. We are extremely grateful to our 4-H members, volunteers, and 4-H families who are making efforts to keep our 4-H community safe. Our priority is ensuring the safety of the young people in the 4-H program, their families, and our community. We encourage all 4-H families and volunteers to prioritize their health when making decisions about attending events or traveling.

Please read and follow the updated guidance regarding the wearing of masks at 4-H events. 




Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty, University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

I am happy to announce that beginning July 1, 2021 the University of California 4-H Youth Development has relaxed some of the guidelines for in-person 4-H activities in accordance with the State of California and the University of California. The limited resumption of in-person activities will ensure the 4-H program continues to provide safe learning environments to protect youth and adults, while at the same time allowing for increased engagement and opportunities to build relationships and engage our communities.

Please review the updated guidelines here: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ca4H/COVID_Update/

I'm so very proud of how the California 4-H Youth Development Program conducted themselves and managed these very challenging 18-months. I greatly appreciate the leadership and dedication of our 4-H professionals and volunteers in successfully creating new opportunities to keep members engaged and thank all the members and families for their ongoing interest and participation in the program.

Basic Safety Standards for Meeting In-person


These safety standards must be followed for all in-person 4-H activities.

Do not participate in any in-person 4-H activities if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms or if you or someone you have been in contact with has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat, Congestion, or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Face Mask Use

Outdoor activities with youth and adults: No face masks required.

Indoor activities with youth and adults: Face masks required for everyone due to children under the age of 12 not being eligible for the vaccine.

Indoor activities with adults only: Face masks required for unvaccinated adults. Post the signs about facemask requirements (PDF- 3 pages)

Indoor Physical Distancing

Wearing a mask and maintaining a minimum of 3 feet between participants is required for indoor activities.

Maintain 6 feet of distancing during times when members and volunteers are not masked due to eating or drinking.

Maintain hygiene practices

After each use, clean and disinfect workspaces and equipment, wash hands often, and/or use hand sanitizer.

If your 4-H project or 4-H ranch location needs any PPE (masks, gloves, face shields) or cleaning supplies (wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.), please let me know. sjweaver@ucanr.edu

Thank you for your work in making 4-H experiences possible over the last year and this summer. We appreciate your effort and are here to support you.

If you are interested in starting a new 4-H project and helping 4-H youth to reach their fullest potential, please review the information on the Project proposal Page.

Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO, National 4-H shares a statement on COVID-19 and its impact on 4-H communities and the response of the 4-H program across the country.

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Visit California 4-H for links to more information regarding COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For relief information, see Covid-19 Assistance.

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