There’s a youth development organization in your community that helps young people gain citizenship, leadership, and life skills . . .

It’s called 4-H. The four H's stand for: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health

The 4-H Youth Development Program is in every county in California. You will recognize 4-H by its green clover. What you may not know is that 4-H is for everybody, for all young people in California, whether they’re in small towns, big cities, or anything in between. Today, 4-H is 130,000 young people learning, achieving, and giving back to their communities, supported by 20,000 caring and enthusiastic adult volunteers.

4-H is a place where young people are given many opportunities to build confidence, learn responsibility, and develop skills that will last them a lifetime. It’s a place where youth make friends and share interests, ranging from building robots to raising rabbits, from designing web pages to landscape design. It’s a place where youth work together to make a positive difference in their community, and adult volunteers make a powerful difference in the lives of young people. Get involved in the 4-H community and make a lasting difference!

LEARNING TOGETHER . . . The 4-H Youth Development Program is open to all youth, ages 9 –19. In some counties, additional programs for “primary” members allow youth to join 4-H beginning at age 5!

BUILDING IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS . . . With a youth to adult volunteer ratio of 6:1, young people have the opportunity to develop a strong, positive relationship with a caring adult. Research suggests that this may be one of the most important factors for positive youth development.

UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP . . . Because of the unique partnership between USDA, University of California, and county governments, private funds raised for 4-H go directly to support programs for youth.

Davis is home to four 4-H clubs:

The UC Davis campus hosts the California State 4-H Office located in the DANR Building and the 4-H Center for Youth Development located in Hart Hall.

College students can find the student organization, Collegiate 4-H at UC Davis, that does leadership activities for teens and community service.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.


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