November 2019
California 4-H Monthly Newsletter
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#GivingTuesday-Global giving movement
Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday

Set a reminder for Tuesday, December 3 for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals to celebrate generosity worldwide.

#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Kick off the holiday season with us and support California 4-H!

Thanks to a generous gift through the California 4-H Foundation, the first $25,000 in donations to 4-H will be matched!
Save the Date Dec 3 Giving Tuesday
See our #GivingTuesday Toolkit for social media images and information so you can spread the word to 4-H supporters in your area.
National 4-H Conference connects youth to
larger opportunities
In the California 4-H Grown blog, Maura shares how attending the National 4-H Conference connected her to national organizations that support adolescent mental health. Subscribe to get new stories as they are published!
Sharing the Youth Perspective on Adolescent Mental Health

Hello, my name is Maura Sparrevohn, and I was a California 4-H State Ambassador for the 2018-2019 program year. This last April, I was selected to attend the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. If it wasn't for the scholarship from Thomas...

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National Youth Science Day
We had at least six Game Changers events added to the map in October. You can still do the National Youth Science Day project, Game Changers, throughout the year. And don't forget to log your event on our map!

4-H National Youth Science Day Grows in Santa Clara County

To celebrate the National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge in October, the 4-H Youth Development Program in Santa Clara County offered two peer teaching NYSD events, where...

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Game Changers at Google

For the second year in a row, the Computer Science Pathway Team of the University of California Cooperative Extension's (UCCE) 4-H Youth Development Program of Santa Clara County held an event for National Youth Science Day (NYSD). The team's...

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Educational Opportunities in Fashion Revue
State Fashion Revue is not just about fashion. It is so much more! State Fashion Revue provides many opportunities for participants to learn. Before you even compete, you learn how to choose a flattering style for your body type and the appropriate fabric, to complete the garment, or learn how to shop with a budget. You learn how to present yourself and exhibit your project. You develop your interview skills and practice your public speaking expertise. You can also test your sewing knowledge in the Skillathon competition. The service projects give you outlets to practice sewing to benefit others. The opportunities are endless!!

 The patterns for the service projects – adult bibs and personal care kits, are on the website, as well as the descriptions for the five categories.
Everyone should go to State Field Day

State Field Day was held at the University of California Davis in Davis, California the first weekend of June. It was a ton of fun and everyone should go at least once. There was so much to see and do there. I qualified to go to State Field Day...

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Citizenship Washington Focus: Presidential Inauguration
January 17-21, 2021
National 4-H will be hosting a Citizenship Washington Focus: Presidential Inauguration in January 2021. The California 4-H State office is responsible for organizing the California 4-H delegation. Costs, space available and other details will be announced once we secure our reservation. Please contact Jenna Colburn if you have any questions.

Upcoming 4-H Events
California 4-H Youth Summits - Register Now!
Ripples of Today, Waves of Tomorrow!

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.
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
Washington Focus 2020
Registrations are now OPEN
Registrations for the 2020 Washington Focus trips are now open. Dates, costs, and links to more information and registration are listed below.
(AGES 15-19*)

Citizenship Washington Focus 
(Conference Only)
** June 25-July 4, 2020

Citizenship Washington Focus
(Conference + Extended Trip)
** June 25-July 7, 2020

Hosted at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C, Citizenship Washington Focus gives youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need in order to become outstanding leaders. The extended trip includes more educational opportunities in Gettysburg, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and Baltimore, MD. 

* Delegates must be at least 15 years of age by time of travel.
**This trip will begin at the California 4-H State Office in Davis, CA.
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(AGES 12-14*)

July 26-July 31, 2020

Hosted at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C, Leadership Washington Focus is a 5-day trip is packed with educational adventure as participants tour our nation’s Capital and learn life-changing leadership skills in a conference setting. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border.
* Delegates must be at least 12 years of age by time of travel.
Taking applications for Washington Focus Chaperones
Want to make a difference in the life of a CA 4-H'er? Apply to be a chaperone for either the Citizenship or Leadership Washington Focus Trip. For more information on the requirements and how to apply please see the Chaperone Information page under Events.
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2018 Camping Conference
Think Outside...No Box Required!
2020 California 4-H Camping Conference
April 3 - 5, 2020
Sly Park Environmental Center
Registration for the 2020 California 4-H Camping Conference— Think Outside…No Box Required— is now open! The weekend event takes place April 3-5 at Sly Park Environmental Education Center in Pollock Pines, about an hour east of Sacramento. The conference is designed for teens and adults who plan and run camp programs and are eager to learn and connect with others who share a passion for outdoor living and learning.

The conference fee is $190 and includes workshops and all program materials, lodging, and meals. Archery Certification is an additional $35. Register by February 14 and receive the early bird discount rate of $160.

Questions? Contact Nate Caeton at or Marianne Bird at  
National youth summit series
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 programs!

Agri-Science - January 9-12, 2020

Healthy Living - February 13-16, 2020

Photography - February 26 - March 1, 2020
Congratulations to our Horticulture Team!
Horticulture team represented California 4-H well

Towards the end of National 4-H Week this year, from October 11 to 14, our California 4-H Horticulture team competed at the 2019 National Junior Horticulture Association Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. The event...

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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. 

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications are reviewed by the 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee and awarded quarterly. Learn more.
2019 Diamond Clover awardees, Katherine and Dustin. They were presented with their award at the State Leadership Conference.
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