May 2019
California 4-H Monthly Newsletter
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Raise Your Hand for California 4-H by May 15!
Calling all 4-H members, parents, volunteers, and friends!

Help California 4-H reach its goal of 3,000 “hands raised.”

Every hand raised this year will be entered into a drawing to win a prize!
The deadline is May 15th to sign up. Even if you have raised your hand in past years, you should do it again BY MAY 15.

The county with the most votes will have a chance to win a professional “Inspire Kids to Do” photoshoot!
California 4-H State Field Day
Saturday, June 1, 2019
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
UC Davis West Quad
Register for State Field Day contests by May 15
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Come to State Field Day to see California 4-H'ers compete at the State level in various contests. There will be drop-in activities for all ages.

Bring the whole family and invite your friends to join you at this family-friendly day outdoors on the UC Davis West Quad.

We'll be sending a separate special edition newsletter for State Field Day - coming to you soon!

State 4-H Advisory Committee Applications
open until May 31
The State 4-H Advisory Committees provide leadership and offer insight, review, and input to the Statewide 4-H Director for the operation and management of the 4-H Youth Development Program.

Youth and adult volunteers are encouraged to apply for the following advisory committees:

  Animal Science
  Civic Engagement
  Incentives and Recognition
  STEM Education
  Shooting Sports

*Please note that the Healthy Living and the Volunteer Development Advisory Committees are not recruiting.

Learn more on the State Advisory Committee page.
Sparks Surveys are open in ORB - now til July 31
Login to ORB to complete your Sparks Surveys, from May 1st to July 31st. You don't need to do your record book in ORB to participate!

Want to know more about Sparks Surveys? Check out our FAQs .
2019 State Leadership Conference (SLC)
July 18-21, 2019
UC Davis campus
Planet 4-H: Planting the Seeds of Change
Mission: Give youth the tools to create change in their own communities.
SLC Late Registration is open until June 17
The State Leadership Conference (SLC) planning committees put together the video above to encourage you to join them at SLC this year! Don't miss out on the opportunity to grow your leadership skills and connect with teens from throughout California.

You can still register for the State Leadership Conference until June 17. No registrations will be accepted after that date.

Go to the SLC Event website for more information about tours, events, schedules and more!
Workshops at SLC
Soldering workshop
SLC Workshops
Saturday, July 20, 2019
UC Davis Wellman Hall
1:15 pm to 5:15 pm
What skills would help youth make an impact in their communities?

Workshops should be interactive, with hands-on activities or projects. It should relate to real-world examples that they can apply the learning. This is not just a presentation. It should be an experiential learning experience!

Submit your workshop proposal by May 22nd.
California 4-H Horse Classic
June 27-30
Brookside Equestrian Park
Elk Grove, CA

The California 4-H Horse Classic offers 4-H members the chance to showcase the culmination of their efforts put forth in their equine projects throughout the year. At the 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
Horse Show
State 4-H Horse Classic
Qualifying Horse Shows

Hosting a qualifying show for the 2019 Horse Classic? Please make sure to register your show for it to be considered a qualifying show for the 2019 California 4-H Horse Classic. For more information on the requirements for a qualifying show, please visit the website .
All entries due June 10th, 2019

Horse Show Participants
Note: There will be no Early Bird registration, all classes will be $20.

Horse Bowl Participants

Horse Bowl Coaches


Event Contact Information
For more event information, please visit the CA 4-H Horse Classic website or you may contact:
  • 4-H Equine Program Rep and Show Manager: Shauna Bond 530-253-3277
  • State 4-H Office Advisor (Registration and Payment Questions): Jessica Bautista 530-750-1341
2019 State Animal Science Symposium
June 17-18, 2019
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Few spots are left!
The 4-H Animal Science Symposium is a train-the-trainer professional development conference with educational sessions on animal welfare and animal health led by specialists on animal welfare, animal health, and species-specific issues. 

The event is open to 4-H staff, key 4-H adult volunteers, 4-H teen youth (13-19) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) supervisors/teachers. 
There are 50 spots total, with 20 spots reserved for teens on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, please visit the  event website .

Registration closes June 7.
e4: The Volunteer Retreat
Early Bird PLUS Registration open til May 12
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e4: The Volunteer Retreat
November 8-10, 2019
Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

Register by May 12th for the best savings!

The Volunteer Retreat is a volunteer development conference for volunteers and staff who work with youth. Adult volunteers, staff, and youth volunteers ages 15 and older are encouraged to attend.

At this first annual conference, you can:
  1. ENGAGE – connect with other volunteers who work with youth
  2. ENERGIZE – strengthen your positive youth development skills
  3. EQUIP – gain resources from booth exhibits and the Project Skills Showcase
  4. EMPOWER – share and learn new skills and ways to work with youth
Join the Volunteer Retreat mailing list to stay updated on this new conference!
Reserve your space
Volunteer Retreat registration info
Register by May 12th to get the most savings on registration!

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).
Submit a proposal
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 participant in their volunteer roles.

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. 

National 4-H Western Heritage Conference and Invitational Shoot
July 30-August 1, 2019
Winton, Ca
The 2019 National 4-H Western Heritage Conference and Invitational Shoot will be held July 30 - August 1, 2019. The event will take place in Winton, California in Merced County which is located in the center of the state. The facility hosting the event is the Safety First Shooting Association/River Oaks Firearms Training Center.

Information about the conference and the registration link is at the 4-H Western Heritage Project website.

Early Bird registration closes May 31st.
Read more about what this event is like from this California 4-H Grown blog post from 2017:
California 4-H Western Heritage team goes to Montana

This year, for the first time ever, a 4-H Western Heritage team from California attended the National 4-H Western Heritage Conference and Championship Shoot, ...

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Scholarships and Awards
CA 4-H Golden Clover
2019 Golden Clover Awards

Golden Clover Awards recognize outstanding achievements of members, volunteers, program staff and groups within the 4-H Youth Development Program. Nominations for awards will be open on May 1 st and will be 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 will be available on May 1 st and will be due on August 11 th .

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. 

Awardees receive the California Diamond Clover Pin or Necklace Charm, a certificate and a recognition letter from the 4-H Statewide Director. 

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications are reviewed by the 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee and awarded quarterly. 

STEM Activity:
Motion and Animation
Ever wonder if our eyes are playing tricks on us? In this project, youth will learn about the how our eyes and brain work together during the perception of vision. To investigate this, youth will create their own flipbook using simple materials.

For more information on the activity, please visit
Minnesota 4-H wants to hear from California
A team of 4-H youth participating in the Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge are in their second year of developing a project focused on examining taste testing and opinions about beef versus lamb. They are working with food scientists from the Hormel Company and would like to collect data from people who live in California. Please take a moment to complete the "Jerky Interest Survey" to provide your input.
The State of Young People
Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Facebook Headquarters
Menlo Park, CA
Today’s young people are at the forefront of social change movements. They are actively using their voices to demand change and take action on crucial issues of the day.

To support and learn from their efforts, America’s Promise, in partnership with Facebook Education, will host the State of Young People. This seminal event is a youth led and designed gathering that will bring together 300 young people with 100 of the nation’s leading adult advocates for youth as well as business and community leaders.

We will provide a platform for young people to share their real-time perspectives, experiences, and ideas for change with adult thought leaders. At this summit, we will create a shared vision for what authentic youth leadership and engagement can look like.

And we need YOUR help!
Young people—and their experiences, thoughts, and perspectives—are essential to shaping this effort. We are seeking 75 national delegates between the ages of 13 to 25 to attend the State of Young People Summit .
USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 - Food waste is a problem everyone can tackle, including our nation's youth. As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is launching Ace the Waste! A student competition...

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BIG DIG DAY - June 5, 2019
June 5, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and California 4-H Foundation launches our first ever independent statewide giving day!

We call it Big Dig Day—a day to “dig in the soil, dig in your heart, and dig in your wallet to support the programs you care about!” 

To learn more, visit the BIG DIG DAY website and make a gift on June 5!

On World Environment Day—we aim to deepen awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment. By donating to California 4-H Foundation, you support the programs, research, and youth development for a healthier California.
#BigDigDay #DigDeep
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