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4-H in San Mateo/San Francisco Counties

Healthy Living Ambassadors Program

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The Healthy Living Ambassador Program


The Healthy Living Ambassador Program follows a Teens-as-Teachers model, with a team of Teens (12-19 years old) working together to teaching or leading a group of elementary aged students in an activity or lesson, usually after-school in the school year, or during the day during the summer!

The HLA Program aims to meaningfully engage teens in service-learning activities that promote the health and well-being of their communities while providing them with skill building and leadership opportunities!

Teens can earn up to 40 hours of Community Service hours, network with professionals in various fields, and can have a great program to add to any resume or college application!

HLA Programs, Opportunities, and Applications

Click the Link above to learn about what the Healthy Living Ambassadors are doing in the Fall and Spring Programs


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For Teens

A Healthy Living Ambassador... between 12 and 19 years old. interested learning more about Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Gardening.

…will serve as a positive role model for elementary school kids. committed to helping their community.

…brings their experiences, interests, and expertise forward.

…will learn and grow as positive role models for their peers. 

...earns up to 40 hours of community service.


The HLA program is for everyone. We know that sometopics might be an introduction for some teens and that is OK. HLA is an opportunity to learn more about the world and an opportunity to teach and help those in the community.

Spring '18 HLA School Garden Site Map

HLA Program History

We are looking forward to Spring 2019, we are hoping to recruit 40-45 San Mateo Teens to teach and learn in the garden!

In Spring 2018, our 5th year of the Healthy Living Ambassador Garden Program, we trained 42 teens to teach at 6 different Elementary School Garden sites, including 2 new sites. 1 hour lessons, delivered twice a week, reached 120 students across these sites and encouraged healthy eating, healthy living, physical activity, and gardening! It was a great success. Returning HLAs served as strong mentors to new HLAs. They passed on skills and knowledge and had a great time! Everyone brought their own authentic experiences and made strong connections with the 3rd graders! We are very proud of everyone!

In the Spring of 2017, 38 teens taught at 5 different elementary schools and we reached approximately 125 students each week across San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. These students received 2 hours of instruction a week by HLAs.

In the Spring of 2016, 42 teens worked at 6 different elementary school garden sites. 2 hours of Garden and Nutrition reached 165 elementary students each week across San Mateo and San Francisco Counties, delivered by the HLA Teen Teachers. 

In the Spring of 2015, 33 teens worked at 5 different elementary school garden sites, and taught 400 students about garden and nutrition in a 1 hour session. 

The HLA Program began in SF/SM Counties in 2014.

For Parents/Teachers

The Benefits of HLA Programs: 
  • Offers youth a safe, healthy, caring, and enriching environment to learn and practice group dynamics within their cohort and with the students. 
  • Engages youth in long-term, structured learning in partnership with peers and adult professionals.
  • Helps young people participate in engaging, exciting programs while developing valuable leadership skills and job skills with lifelong benefits. 
  • Trains and offers technical assistance to help youth with skill development whether its for college applications or for a resume.
  • Offers opportunities to connect with like-minded peers and build new friendships. Encourages a sense of community and resilience.

We are always looking for adult volunteers! Please reach out to or


Want an HLA program at your School?

 If you want to learn more about our program or have questions that are not answered here, please reach out to Will Easlea, the Healthy Living Ambassador Coordinator at

HLA Program Coordinators

The Healthy Living Ambassadors (HLA) Garden Program is a collaboration of the UC Calfresh Program and the 4-H Youth Development Program.


UC Calfresh HLA Coordinator is Will Easlea. Please feel free to reach out and contact him at

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4-H HLA Coordinator is Mary Carp.



4-H and 4-H HLA are educational programs of UC-Cooperative Extension. If you are interested in making 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors part of your school or organization in San Mateo or San Francisco Counties, please contact Will Easlea at for assistance and more information. 

Page Last Updated: September 6, 2018

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