4-H Way: "Message from Mary"
Mary Ciricillo, Director of California 4-H Foundation
On behalf of the California 4-H Foundation Board, I want to sincerely thank you for all you do in support of youth throughout California.

Despite this year’s challenges, California 4-H is focused on “Opportunity 4 All,” and we couldn’t do it without you – our California 4-H alumni, volunteers, parents, grandparents, friends and supporters.

As the Executive Director of the California 4-H Foundation Board, I am honored to work with a committed group of volunteers who dedicate their time in support of 4-H’s mission to engage youth in reaching their fullest potential.

This year the Board is focused on raising funds to help our 4-H program get “Back to the Basics” with a priority in keeping our youth and families engaged in the program. Now more than ever it is important to strengthen the foundation of our 4-H program in California by ensuring opportunities for all.

I invite you to join us by thinking about ways you can engage in the program whether it’s volunteering for a club project or raising awareness about the 4-H program and the proven positive impact it has on youth kick starting them on a path of lifetime success. Please feel free to share this e-news with friends and neighbors as well as with colleagues and organizations including your workplace. Many companies welcome the opportunity to showcase opportunities where their employees can financially contribute and volunteer.

Thank you again – wishing you a happy National 4-H Week!
4-H Community: California Shines
Fresno County 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest
Fresno County 4-H members may not be able to meet in person, but that's not stopping them from having a friendly pumpkin growing competition this fall.

Teams will be organized and assigned to small plots of pumpkins at the UC Kearney Research and Extention Center. The remote teams will act as farm managers and use an imaginary budget to decide on the use of micronutrients, fertilizers, pollinators, pest control, fungicides and irrigation practices. All the farming will be conducted by Kearney REC staff and progress shared frequently via the pumpkin project’s Instagram account.

As part of the project,
  • Prizes will be offered for the teams with the highest yield and quality of pumpkins.
  • Students interested in engineering will compete with homemade catapults in a "pumpkin chunkin’" contest
  • 4-H members who love cooking and baking may enter items in a cooking and baking with pumpkin contest.
  • Artistic participants can submit entries for pumpkin carving and decorating contests.
  • Animal enthusiasts will feed pumpkins to elephants at the Chaffee Zoo.

The first Zoom contestant meeting will be the first week of August. For updates, follow the contest on Instagram @UCCE­_KARE_pumpkins. Read the full article here.
Do You Have a 4-H Highlight Story to Tell?
4-H youth and volunteers across our state amaze us with their accomplishments. If you know a 4-H youth, volunteer, or donor that deserves their moment in the sun, please share their story! You might read about them here--and inspire others!

4-H Programming: Looking Ahead
NASA Q & A and STEM Challenge
October 14, 4pm PT - Facebook Live
NASA scientists Brian Day, science lead for NASA Solar System Trek, and Emily Law, project manager for planetary science at the jet propulsion lab in CA are going to join us for a Facebook Live Q&A.

They’re producing a 5-10 minute video using their Mars Trek and narrating some of the discoveries on Mars and places youth will discover during the Mars Base Camp activities.
National 4-H Week
October 4-10
Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week, Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Council to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America.
To learn more about how you can get involved, visit http://www.4-h.org/.
4 for 4: Interview with Andrew Bosworth
October 20, 11am ET
In episode 10 of the interview series, get to know Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth, VP of Augmented and Virtual Reality at Facebook and a proud California 4‑H alum, and learn about how his 4‑H experience sparked his passion for STEM. FacebookLinkedInYouTubeIGTV
4-H Giving: How Can I Support?
Tractor Supply Paper Clover
October 7-18, 2020
Tractor Supply proudly began our partnership with 4-H in 2010 and we have since helped raise over $14 million through our Paper Clover fundraisers. The success of these campaigns has impacted over 69,000 students by providing them with hands-on learning experiences through projects in STEM, agriculture, healthy living, and civic engagement. Learn more here!
Get Your 4-H Visa Debit Card And Support Your Local Program
The California 4-H Foundation is excited to share this innovative, grassroots method that will raise money for local 4-H programs for years to come. Meet your California 4-H GroundSwell Visa Debit Card. We’re working with GroundSwell, a social purpose corporation that empowers people to use their everyday purchasing as a force for good.
  • Good for 4-H youth: 4-H youth programs get the benefit of ongoing funding according to the participation in your county.
  • Good for you: Awesome rewards, zero recurring fees, no credit check. Every purchase helps your 4-H county, but that money doesn’t come out of your pocket.
  • Good for your county 4-H Program: 100% of funds raised go directly to your local 4-H program.

To learn more and pre-register for you 4-H Visa Debit Card, click here!
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