August 2019
California 4-H Monthly Newsletter
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Join us for 4-H Day at Cal Football!
4-H Day at CAL football

Cal Bears vs. UC Davis Aggies
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Kickoff at 3:30 pm

4-H Tailgate starts at 12:30 pm
Charles Go, 4-H Advisor for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, has organized a 4-H Day at Cal Football's first home game on Saturday, August 31! They will be playing the UC Davis Aggies at Cal Memorial Stadium.

Book your tickets at Each ticket is $25.
  • $10 of each ticket goes to California 4-H.
  • Your donation will go to the California 4-H Foundation towards 4-H programming.
  • If you use a customized url donation can go to your county's UCCE 4-H account.*
  • The first 250 tickets purchased gets a free 4-H tote bag
  • 4-H'ers will sit in one area together - sections K and KK

4-H Tailgate Party
Cal Football and the Alameda / Contra Costa County 4-H Youth Development Programs are hosting a tailgate party in a reserved area called "Tailgate Town". There will be food vendors and entertainment. During the 4-H Meet and Greet, you can connect with 4-H staff and UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston.

Thank you to Charles Go and the Alameda and Contra Costa County 4-H team for arranging for a 4-H Day! This is a great way to give our youth the experience of attending a college football game - and support 4-H at the same time!

*To direct donations to your county 4-H account, please do the following:
  1. Have someone purchase a ticket through to generate a custom url.
  2. That person can create a group for your county that will designate all tickets purchased through that url to your county's UCCE 4-H account.

To spread the word, use the editable PDF postcard and change the url to your custom url. (note-this is the only part of the postcard that's editable).
Youth in Action Awards Webinar for Youth Applicants
September 4, 4:00 pm
Are you a current 4‑H’er or 4‑H alum between the ages of 14 and 19 years old? Do you have a unique story to tell? Register for this webinar to learn all about the 4‑H Youth in Action Awards program.

Participants will hear from previous winners about their experiences with the program and will walk away with tangible tips on how to submit a winning application. Don’t miss the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington D.C.!
Celebrate National Youth Science Day in October

For a limited time:
Buy 2, get 1 Free National Youth Science Day Kits
 The 4-H National Youth Science Day is an annual initiative inspiring kids everywhere to take an active interest in STEM topics through hands-on learning. It is celebrated starting October 1 and will continue to take place in classrooms, clubs, homes, and after school spaces throughout October.

This year's Challenge, Game Changers, was developed by Google and the West Virginia University Extension. The kit teaches kids how to use computer science to create games, solve problems, and engage with topics they care passionately about.
For a limited time, buy two kits and get one for free! Use code ' FREEKIT ' to claim yours. Each kit can serve up to 10 kids - that means you can use it in a classroom, after school program, club or homeschool group.
STEM Activity: Bake Your Ice Cream
Here is a fun activity about the principles of insulation by baking ice cream! In this experiment, youth will bake ice cream in an hot oven and compare what happens when ice cream is insulated and when it is not. Using simple materials, youth will create a thermal insulator to keep heat out, like a cooler or insulated bag.

For more information on the experiment, please visit
baked ice cream
Citizen Science: NASA & 4-H Exploring Clouds guide
Add citizen science to your summer programs. Clouds have an enormous influence on Earth's energy balance, climate, and weather. Through a partnership between 4-H National Headquarters at USDA-NIFA, Rutgers 4-H and the NASA GLOBE Observer Program, 4-H youth can observe, explore and better understand clouds through the GLOBE Observer Citizen Science - Exploring Clouds 4-H Activity Guide.

Reserve your space by September 9!
e4: The Volunteer Retreat
November 8-10, 2019
Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA
Book your stay at Asilomar by September 9th to get the discounted package, which includes lodging, parking, and all meals (starting with dinner the day you arrive through lunch on the day of departure).
Share your knowledge with other volunteers

EMPOWER attendees with new skills to work with youth

The Volunteer Retreat education team is now accepting proposals for innovative, timely and dynamic educational sessions.

The goal is to provide quality education sessions with take-home strategies which will ENGAGE, ENERGIZE,EQUIP and EMPOWER participants in their volunteer roles.

Project Skills Showcase

EQUIP attendees with new resources and skills at the Project Skills Showcase!

The Showcase is designed to share project ideas and resources with all of the attendees at the retreat, not just those who sign up for their workshop.

You can stop at different booths to for hands-on learning so you can share it with the youth you work with. 

Join the Volunteer Retreat mailing list to stay updated on this new conference!
National Youth Summit Series - Registrations now Open
National 4-H Conference Center brings together inspired 9-12th graders for our National Youth Summits, where they'll participate in STEM, Agri-Science, Healthy Living, or Photography progams!

STEM Summit (formerly Maker) - October 24-27, 2019

Agri-Science - January 9-12, 2020

Healthy Living - February 13-16, 2020

Photography - February 26 - March 1, 2020
California 4-H Youth Summits
Ripples of Today, Waves of Tomorrow!

Our goal is to empower youth by giving them the tools to create change in their communities. This year, we will inspire and facilitate the ability of youth to create impact in their communities on issues they care about. 

The California 4-H Youth Summits are three-day leadership development conferences hosted in four locations across the state. Youth summit programs are designed to grow the leadership abilities of intermediate 4-H members (ages 11-13). The summits are planned by a team of senior 4-H members (ages 14+) overseen by the California 4-H Management Board.

Registration will open later in August.
Northern - Nov. 15-17
Sly Park, Pollock Pines

Bay/Coast - Jan. 10-12
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma

Southern - Jan. 17-19
Pathfinder Ranch, Mountain Center

Central - Jan. 24-26
Wonder Valley Ranch, Sanger
National 4-H Shooting Sports logo
4-H Shooting Sports National Championships
June 21-26, 2020
Grand Island, Nebraska
Online applications are now being accepted for the 2020 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Applications are due online by October 1, 2019. See the application and a list of expectations of potential California 4-H members wishing to participate in the event.

After October 1, a panel composed of members from the State 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory Committee reviews the applications and makes the selections of those who will attend the event.

Applicants are notified if they have been selected by the end of October.

Applications are due months in advance of the event to allow individuals or teams the opportunity to fundraise to help defray travel costs.

Highlights from SLC (State Leadership Conference)
Thank you
We have a lot of thank you's to all the people and sponsors who helped make this year's State Leadership Conference such a memorable and learning experience for the 300 delegates from throughout California!

Thank you to Cole Breck, Conference Co-Director, and the amazing SLC Planning Team. They worked long hours over the past year to make sure all aspects of the conference went smoothly.
Our fantastic Program Assistants worked hard to make this a great event. We appreciate all these young alumni for coming back every year to support this conference!

Thank you to the adult volunteers that took their time to serve as chaperones. We truly could not have done it without you!
Texas 4-H STEM Ambassadors
Thank you Texas 4-H STEM Ambassadors!
A huge thank you to the Texas 4-H STEM Ambassador team, who supported this year's SLC with photography, videos, and AV support! Thank you Clara, Joseph and Olivia for representing Texas 4-H so well in California. They presented a workshop on interviewing for newscasts along with scripting, shooting and editing two newscasts for the assemblies. Their newscasts highlighted the events of the two days of SLC, and kicked off each days' events. Their team leader, Kevin Wentzel, is a California 4-H alum! He helped start up the California 4-H Tech Team and is now leading the Texas 4-H STEM Ambassador team.
Saturday Newscast
Sunday Newscast
Thank you SLC Sponsors
Thanks to our sponsors for helping us make this year's conference more affordable. We hope to continue growing this conference to engage more of our young leaders!

Dean Memorial Legacy Endowment
Diamond Clover Awards
The California Diamond Clover is the highest achievement for which a 4-H youth member and young adult volunteers are recognized. 

All youth members and young adult volunteer who achieve the requirements are eligible to receive this award. 

This year we presented three Diamond Clover Awards at SLC:
  • Dustin Geringer
  • Katherine Shannon
  • Alyssa Hurtado

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications are reviewed by the 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee and awarded quarterly. Learn more.
Scholarships and Awards
2019 Golden Clover Awards

Golden Clover Awards recognize outstanding achievements of members, volunteers, program staff and groups within the 4-H Youth Development Program. Now accepting nominations for awards. Applications are due on August 11 th  !

Find more information, please see the Golden Clover Awards page  
2019 4-H Higher Education Scholarships
Applications for 2019 Higher Education Scholarships administered by the state 4-H office are now available!
Applications are due August 11 th . Make sure you get your application in!

Calendar at a glance - Save the Dates!
Check our Events and Deadlines calendars regularly for updates.

October 6-12 National 4-H Week
October 8 4-H Spirit Day
October 9-20 Tractor Supply Paper Clover
October 22 Deadline for Youth in Action Award applications

November 1-3 Mindfulness Retreat
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