May 2018
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A Message from Shannon Horrillo, Statewide 4-H Director

2018-2019 State Program Fees

4-H is the first and largest youth development organization in the world, and for over 100 years has been preparing young people ages 5 to 19 with the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. Annual program fees paid by members and volunteers help support fundamental services, including staff, insurance, program development, resources, events, and required online systems to sustain and enhance exceptional programming for nearly 110,000 members and 15,500 adult volunteers. Over the coming years, state program fees are projected to increase to cover the usual costs for program operations. 

For the 2018-2019 program year, starting July 1, 2018, fees will be $54 for youth and $18 for adult volunteers. Counties and clubs may also have a separate fee. We believe that 4-H should be accessible to everyone and, therefore, fee waivers will continue to be available for qualifying families (contact the local County 4-H Office for more information). 4-H is still relatively inexpensive compared to other youth activities such as youth football or soccer (which start at several hundred dollars a season). And, youth who participate in 4-H are more likely to excel in school, participate and be interested in science, make more healthy choices, contribute to their communities and thrive today and in the future.

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources administers 4-H and provides significant support to cover operational costs, including funding for nearly half of all county-based staff positions and all Advisor positions. The State 4-H Office will continue to raise funds to help alleviate projected increases and develop new revenue streams to support 4-H in order to keep costs as low as possible for families.

Our ongoing commitment to youth protection

April was Child Abuse Prevention Month, and in honor 4-H wants to communicate to the larger community our ongoing commitment to youth protection and how we prioritize creating safe environments in our programming. Our current policies and procedures include:
  • A screening process with a criminal background check for all registered adult volunteers,
  • Training for staff and volunteers on youth protection and recognizing and reporting signs of abuse, and
  • Supervision policies designed to prohibit one-on-one interactions between youth and adults at all 4-H activities.
You can find more information regarding our youth protection policies and procedures at:

We recognize that youth protection takes a continuous effort and commitment, and in the spirit of the 4-H motto, we continuously endeavor to “make the best better.” To ensure our policies support a culture of safety, we have partnered with Praesidium, a national leader in abuse risk management, to complete a comprehensive organizational review of 4-H policies and procedures in this area. This review will aid UC 4-H in further strengthening existing policies, procedures, and general operations for all 4-H camps and programs.
Youth protection remains our top priority at 4-H and we take all concerns seriously. If at any time you or your family have concerns about a 4-H program/camp, 4-H adult, or other circumstance, please let us know. To assist in opening the avenue of communication, we have provided contact information below for key individuals in UC ANR and 4-H.

Brian Oatman, UC ANR Director of Risk and Safety
(530) 750-1264

Shannon Horrillo, Statewide 4-H Director
(530) 750-1334

To find contacts at your local County 4-H program, visit:

As part of our dedication to strengthening head, hands, heart, and health, we thank you for your service and leadership within the 4-H community. Together, we look forward to growing a community of leaders.
Raise Your Hand for 4-H!
The Raise Your Hand Campaign runs from April 1 to May 15, 2018. Even if you participated last year, you can raise your hand again this year to support youth in your community.
The states with the most hands raised will win $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000. This will go to counties as grants to support Teens as Teachers programming.
Campaign resources are available on the Branding Toolkit page to help you spread the word to California 4-H alumni, friends and family.
Raise your Hand - $20k
2018 California 4-H State Leadership Conference
July 26 - 29, 2018
Registration is NOW OPEN for the
2018 California 4-H State Leadership Conference!
July 26 - 29, 2018
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA
The annual California 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together youth from across California for leadership training, networking, and a memorable learning experience.

  • Advanced leadership training

  • Network and share ideas with other 4-H members from across the state.

  • Experiential education on leadership development, civic engagement, college admissions and other 4-H project areas.

  • Experience a slice of college life: live in the residence halls, eat in the dining commons, and participate in educational sessions, many of which are taught by University of California faculty and staff.
WHO CAN ATTEND:  Youth ages 13-19. If you are not currently enrolled in 4-H, please contact Jenna Colburn at .

QUESTIONS:  Contact the conference coordinator  or 530-750-1336  
Support growing youth leaders &
The 2018 4-H State Leadership Conference
Thursday, July 26 Arrival

Thursday arrival begins with an orientation and time to get to know your Program Assistant and group, dinner and a fun recreational activity.

Friday is tour day! Sign up for one or more  State Leadership Conference Tours  when you register (Note: some tours have an additional fee). Most tours will be back in time to join in on the fun lawn games and activities the Recreation Committee has planned.

The traditional SLC schedule begins Friday late afternoon and continues through Sunday.

Registration includes:
  • Lodging for 4 nights (July 26 to July 29)
  • Meals:
  • Thursday dinner
  • Friday - breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Saturday - breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Sunday - breakfast, lunch
  • 2 snack breaks
  • Conference supplies and materials

Early Bird - before May 28: $750
Regular - May 29 - June 14: $825
Late - June 15 - June 28: $900

Friday, July 27 Arrival

Friday arrival begins with fun and games provided by the Recreation Committee, followed by dinner. The opening assembly is Friday evening to kick off the traditional SLC schedule and educational events.

Registration includes:
  • Lodging for 3 nights (July 27 to July 29)
  • Meals:
  • Friday dinner
  • Saturday - breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Sunday - breakfast, lunch
  • 2 snack breaks
  • Conference supplies and materials

Early Bird - before May 28: $675
Regular - May 29 - June 14: $750
Late - June 15 - June 28: $825

To learn more about the upcoming SLC Event, visit SLC event page
Learn more about the event and register online from our

Registration deadlines:
May 4th for chaperones
May 21st for participants
Registration is now open for the 2018 California Focus conference
California Focus
June 22-26, 2018
Holiday Inn - Sacramento Downtown Arena
Sacramento, CA
Join us in our state capitol to experience government in action: from voter registration to elections, proposing, debating, and passing bills, and even a visit to the State Court of Appeals to learn how laws are enforced in court.
Help spread the word!
Download and share the flyer:
We need you!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work on 4-H issues and initiatives at the State level? Want to make an impact?

We need youth and adult volunteers to serve as Directors and Committee members for the 2018-2019 program year.

What are the opportunities?
Management Board Director openings:
  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Resource Development Director
  • Northern Area Director
  • Southern Area Director

Adult directors serve a two-year term and can re-apply for a second term.
Youth directors serve a one-year term and can re-apply for a second term. 

Management Board Committees

Management Board Committee applications will be accepted until August 31, 2018.

There are openings on the following:
  • Area Committees (Bay/Coast, Northern, Central and Southern)
  • Communications Committee
  • Resource Development Committee
  • Marketing and Public Relations Committee
  • Finance Committee

Youth are strongly encouraged to  apply !
Get state-level 4-H experience as a State Advisory Committee member
4-H Youth and adults are encouraged to apply for one of our State Advisory Committees by May 31, 2018.
Advisory Committees:
  • Animal Science
  • Camping
  • Civic Engagement
  • Educational Technology (ETAC)
  • Incentives and Recognition
  • Policy
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Shooting Sports
  • Volunteer Development
(Note: The Healthy Living and Multicultural & Community Engagement Advisory Committees are currently not seeking new applicants)
Civic Engagement
Pictured: Youth delegate at California Focus

Civic Engagement Advisory Committee

Purpose: To foster an interest and increased participation of diverse youth and adult engagement in civic engagement activities.

“...this committee is good way to make
a difference without doing everything
by can make a difference.
We have multiple goals we are working
on, constantly changing."
~ Youth committee member
State Field Day- June 2 ,2018
2018 California 4-H State Field Day
Saturday, June 2, 2018
UC Davis campus
Register by May 14
Pre-registration is required for the following events by May 14, 2018:

Please see the page links above for more details about each event and to register for each.
Don't miss a deadline! Add it to your calendar from our Registration and Application Deadlines Calendar .
Come and be a part of the bigger picture of 4-H!
Do you have a phone? Do you love to draw, paint, or capture moments with cameras or other electronic devices? More importantly, do you love 4-H?
If any of the above applies to you, you could enter the State 4-H Promotional Advertisement Contest! This new event takes place during State Field Day. It gives members like you a chance to share what you love about 4-H through social media, digital artwork, or drawings. This is your opportunity to get creative and create a promotional ad to convince the world to join 4-H.
How to Enter
Please include your first and last name and age with your entry.

You can enter hand-drawn or printed submissions at State Field Day before 11:00 am on June 2nd 2018. Please note, if you are entering a physical entry, please plan to pick it up before 4:00pm. We love all of your entries, and we wouldn’t want one of them to get lost.

The world could see your designs!

All entries will be displayed for attendees to view at State Field Day. Attendees can also participate in voting, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm .

Winners will be posted on the State 4-H Facebook (@California4H), Instagram (@ca4H), and Twitter (@California4H) as well as the State 4-H website .
For more information about the contest rules and to submit your digital promotional advertisement, check out our event page . This event is planned and organized by the Management Board Marketing and Communications Committee.
State Fashion Revue is part of State Field Day at UC Davis on June 2, 2018.

Entry  is open for participants who qualify at their County Fashion Revue or equivalent event. Entry deadline is 5:00 PM on May 14, 2018.

Counties : please send your list of members who have qualified to enter SFR to the SFR Registrar. Entries are confirmed by the Registrar when all required information is received and eligibility is approved by the county.
State Fashion Revue Evaluator and Room Monitors
 Counties are required to provide one evaluator per 5 participants.

If you have entry questions, see the SFR website or contact the Registrar, Sue Moore, at .
STEM events from April to June 2018

These are great opportunities for 4-H parents, volunteers, and youth to participate and get excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)!

They can be an opportunities for STEM-focused field trips, projects and programs.

You can also find this list on the state 4-H STEM home page .
How Sweet It Is!
There is nothing sweeter than hummingbirds fluttering around your yard.
In this zoology project, you will test whether color or concentration of sugar is more important in a hummingbird's selection of a food source.
You will determine if they have a "favorite" color and concentration of sugar!
For step by step instructions, please  see the Science Buddies website.
Hummingbird Feeder
Register now for upcoming Animal Science Events
California 4-H State Horse Classic
July 27 – July 1, 2018

State Championship Horse Show : 4-H riders have this opportunity to compete at a level beyond local, county or regional events. Participants must pre-qualify at  qualifying horse shows

Educational contests : Educational contests allow members to showcase their equine knowledge. Contest offered include: Hippology, Horse Judging, Horse Bowl, and Public Speaking.

For more information, please visit the  Horse Classic event page
Animal Science Symposium logo
Animal Science Symposium
June 19-20, 2018
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
One Shields Avenue, Davis, California

The 2018 Animal Science Symposium is a professional development opportunity for 4-H staff, volunteers, and teens that focuses on best practices in animal care and positive youth development.

Topics for the 2018 4-H Animal Science Symposium include: animal health, biosecurity, animal welfare, and careers in veterinary medicine. 

New this year – the Symposium will be open to 10 4-H teens to participate in the symposium!

Space is limited!
DEA Environmental Excellence Award - Accepting Applications
Applications are now open for this year’s SEA Environmental Excellence Awards program!

This year, we are proud to support the work of young conservation leaders with two award opportunities –

  • SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Environmental Excellence Award, which recognizes young leaders for their ongoing environmental conservation work
  • NEW SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Entrepreneurial Award, which provides start-up funding to young leaders who propose environmentally proactive solutions that will solve a problem relevant to the applicant’s community.
Applications for the award are due May 25, 2018 and can be accessed at:
If you know of young people who you feel would be a good fit for this year’s awards program we would appreciate you sharing the opportunity with them.
State and County 4-H Career Opportunities
Youth Development Advisor - Kings, Tulare and Fresno Counties
Position closes May 31, 2018

 The 4-H YD CE advisor will implement and expand local delivery of the statewide 4- H Youth Development Program, and evaluate program outcomes and impacts on youth, families and communities. 

To apply or more information, click HERE
State 4-H Community Education Specialist 2 Animal Science -
Davis, CA
Position Closes May 11, 2018

This position oversees 4-H educational practices, extended learning opportunities, and coordination of animal science education and events related to 4-H youth development projects. 

To apply or more information, click HERE
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