"Tonight was my last 4-H meeting ever. I have nothing but wonderful memories of this club full of amazing, hard-working, fun youth and their parents. I am going to miss them all. I will never forget where my true education came from, for I can genuinely say that without 4-H I would be an entirely different and worse-off person than I am today. 4-H has taught me patience, the value of hard work, respect, and team work. The opportunities it has offered me have given me a direction in life. It's been a fantastic 9 years; thank you San Mateo/San Francisco County 4-H!" Fiona Benjamin - Pacifica 4-H Club
The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program serves youth and teens in 57 of 58 California counties through traditional clubs, after-school programs, state-wide leadership conferences, and camps. Currently, there are more than 255,468 youth, ages 5 - 19 enrolled in California 4-H programs.
As the largest, non-profit youth organization in the country, 4-H has a proven history of making lasting change in the lives of young people. At 4-H (Head, Heart, Health, Hands), your child will build positive, healthy relationships, learn invaluable life skills, and grow into a competent, caring citizen. 4-H’ers are actively engaged in their communities and our programs develop strong future leaders.
Through hands-on learning, youth-adult partnerships, and research-based educational programs, youth enhance their leadership abilities and develop a wide range of skills. Our programs focus on Citizenship, S.E.T (Science, Engineering, and Technology), and Healthy Living.
The main programs in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties are 4-H Afterschool, 4-H Camp & 4-H Clubs.
4-H in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties
In San Mateo and San Francisco Counties, there are 10 clubs in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Interested in finding a club near you? Please contact your local club to learn more! We also have a thriving afterschool program, where teens are working on garden programs with elementary school children. See our 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador page for more information.
During the course of one year, 4-H youth are involved in hundreds of activities, from attending leadership conferences to fun filled club meetings. For more details on upcoming events, see our Calendar or visit our Blog for more reports on 4-H activities in the community.
Ready to join? Visit our Enrollment Page!
Ready to volunteer? Visit our Volunteer Page!
4-H’ers learn a lot.
- 67% of 4-H youth believe they can make a difference in their communities.
- 91% of California 4-H members report liking science.
- 4-H participants are 1.7X as likely as other youth to plan to pursue a career in science.
- 4-H girls compared to girls not in 4-H, are 2X as likely to have plans to pursue science careers.
- 69% of California 4-H members believe science is useful for solving everyday problems.
- 45% of 4-H youth feel they could influence political decisions vs. 31% of non-4-H members.