October 2019
California 4-H Monthly Newsletter
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2019 National 4-H Week
October 6 - 12, 2019
Inspire Kids to Do
How are you celebrating National 4-H Week?
  1. Change your Facebook Cover image on October 6th
  2. Add the Facebook Frame to your profile image
  3. Share pictures of your activities using #InspireKidstoDo

The Facebook cover image and other social media images are on our
2019 National 4-H Week
Tag us in your posts!
Facebook & Twitter - @California4H
Instagram - @ca4H
4-H Spirit Day 2019
Tractor Supply Paper Clover
October 9 - 20, 2019
Help support the Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign by using the social media and other resources on our new  Brand Toolkit.

Funds raised go toward 4-H camp and leadership opportunities for youth, including the  State Leadership Conference .

National Youth Science Day - month of October
Promote your event
Use the resources on the Brand Toolkit to promote your National Youth Science Day event!

  1. Plan your event using the Event Guide.
  2. Advertise your event with the editable flyer and bookmarks.
  3. NEW! Add your event to the map.
  4. Invite the media to your event with the Media Advisory template.
  5. Use the Press Release template to notify your community about your event.
Share on social media with #4HNYSD

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Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
Dr. Fe Moncloa, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, UCCE Santa Clara County
Ricardo Vela, News and Outreach in Spanish
Why celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

Published on: September 30, 2019 The purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is to recognize the contributions and vital presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. President Lyndon Johnson first approved...

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The representation of Latinos in tech is 3%. How Fe Moncloa and 4-H are working to change that.
4-H Inspires Youth Advocacy Through Juntos Program - 4-H

For Sofia, a Juntos 4‑H'er and senior at Moreno Valley High School in California, it was not hard to notice how her school stood out for all the wrong reasons. "Every city has its sketchy areas, and my school... it is not high class like the...

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Upcoming 4-H Program Events
Mindfulness Retreat
November 1-3, 2019
Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria
Take a “time-in” with us at the UC 4-H Mindfulness Retreat in Cambria, CA.

Teens 13-19 and adults are invited to spend the weekend at beautiful Camp Ocean Pines developing their health and well-being. Participants will not only increase their personal skills in leading a healthy lifestyle, but will also gain skills needed to be a health advocate in their communities.
Mindfulness Retreat
The retreat will focus on stress management, relationship building, nutrition, and a general understanding of mindfulness.
Register for the Volunteer Retreat
e4: The Volunteer Retreat
November 8-10, 2019
Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

Registration is only $97*

We invite all volunteers who work with youth to attend this conference focused on developing stronger youth development skills. Workshops are geared towards EMPOWERING you with new ideas and skills to take back to your clubs and projects.
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Book your Lodging and Registration by October 31

* For those who utilize the Asilomar lodging and meal plan only. Other rates available on website
California 4-H Youth Summits - Registration 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
State Fashion Revue Committee News

We are very proud to announce that three 4-H members who were Senior State Winners at 2019 State Fashion Revue will be representing California 4-H in the Fashion Revue at the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado in January 2020. They are Belle, Nadia, and Marissa, accompanied by leaders Leslie Bloom, chaperone, and Mary Engebreth, Coach. This is the first time California SFR has sent a team to the Western National Roundup. We are very excited for them and wish them much success!
Did you know that JOANN helps fund State Field Day and State Fashion Revue? This comes from their Clover for Kids campaign in the spring. For SFR, their funding goes toward our building, table, and stage rental fees. JOANN also offers a 15% discount for all 4-H members and leaders . To access this, download the JOANN app, go to …More, then to the Rewards Programs. Find the 4-H Reward Partnership and sign up.
For information about State Fashion Revue including the categories, age divisions, and service projects, please visit the SFR website . We hope that project leaders and members are using this information to plan their projects for the year. The 2020 scorecards will be published soon along with the Guide for Evaluators so counties can use this information for their local events. The SFR Committee consists of 4-H members and leaders from throughout California.

To join the committee or for more information about SFR, please contact the SFR Registrar, Sue Moore .
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 progams!

STE M Summit (former ly Maker) - October 24-27, 2019

Agri-Science - January 9-12, 2020

Healthy Living - February 13-16, 2020

Photography - February 26 - March 1, 2020
National 4-H Conference
March 28-April 4, 2020
Application Deadline is November 5, 2019
The National 4-H Conference is the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program.

This event brings together youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county extension staff members from across the United States, the U.S. territories, and the Canadian provinces. 
Youth share recommendations to help guide 4-H nationally

As the sponsor for this conference, the National 4-H Headquarters is charged with sharing the recommendations that emerge from the conference with the Secretary of Agriculture, national extension program leaders, and others who determine 4-H programs. At the same time, the National 4-H Headquarters ensures that the conference is a meaningful experience for youth and adult participants.
The California 4-H Delegation’s expenses for the conference are fully funded through the Thomas and Dorothy Levey foundation and various other donors.   
Washington Focus 2020
Important Dates for the 2020 trips
Registration for the 2020 Washington Focus trips will begin on October 15, 2019. 
(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.
(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.
Handbook for Families has been updated
Peer reviewed, new design
The Handbook for Families has been updated! Please share this new version with new and current families.

The updated version is currently only in English. The Spanish version is still being updated, but you can use the Spanish version on our website until it is updated.
Googlers Volunteer with 4-H
Article Submitted by Curtis Ullerich, 4-H Volunteer

Google and National 4-H Council teamed up to grow access to computer science education for youth across the country through a $6M national grant. Google employees (or "Googlers") have jumped in to volunteer with 4-H, too. In June, around 300 Googlers volunteered a total of 1000 hours with 4-H, during Google's annual month of volunteering called GoogleServe. Volunteers in six states helped out with projects ranging from 4-H ranch clean-ups to computer science workshops. In California, more than 180 Googlers helped with clean-ups at six ranches in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.

At one special event, Google's SVP, Global Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, Kent Walker, joined 30+ other Googlers to mentor youth from Santa Clara County. They shared advice on topics spanning careers, tech, school, college, and more in rounds of 1:1 discussions. Youth reflected after the event on some of what they learned which included: that it is ok to fail; that even adults can still be exploring career options; and that you can have many different paths in your life because your path is never set in stone. Volunteers were impressed with our 4-H'ers, with one sharing that "after spending the morning with 4-H youth...if these kids are representative of youth today, I am so impressed and optimistic that we will have a bright future ahead."
Kent talking with a 4-H'er from the Homesteaders 4-H Club at a speed mentoring event during GoogleServe
Many companies have employee volunteering and giving events. If your company does, consider how you could connect them with 4-H! As just one example, 4-H farms and ranches can make major improvements with the help of 10 volunteers for just a few hours. You can reach out to Curtis at cullerich@ucanr.edu to hear more about his experience coordinating employee volunteering.

Some companies also have "dollars for doers" programs, in which the company will donate an hourly rate for the time their employees volunteer with nonprofits. Similarly, some employers offer "volunteer time off," a certain amount of paid time to be used for volunteering. Contact your human resources department to see what volunteering benefits are available, or ask them what they could offer.
Scholarships and Awards
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.
Youth in Action Award
The 4‑H Youth in Action Program recognizes four confident young leaders in our core pillar areas: Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living and STEM.

Each Pillar Winner will experience an exciting year of telling their 4‑H story and celebrating their leadership. Winners receive:

  • $5,000 higher education scholarship
  • Promotional video showcasing their 4‑H impact story
  • All-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards
  • Networking opportunities with 4‑H celebrities and other prominent alumni
  • Recognition as the official 4‑H youth spokesperson for their pillar

One Pillar Winner will be selected as the 4‑H Youth in Action National Award Winner and will receive an additional higher education scholarship.
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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 Application deadline for Youth in Action Award

November 1-3 Mindfulness Retreat
November 2-3 Shooting Sports workshop-Rifle discipline certification
November 5 Application deadline for National 4-H Conference
Support 4-H with a donation
100% of donations to the California 4-H Foundation support 4-H programming in California.