January 2020 Update
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From the California 4-H Grown blog
Communities like San Bruno recognize the benefit of 4-H and the positive influence it has on youth. Get inspired by this story by the San Bruno/SSF 4-H Club.
Curtis Ullerich, a 4-H Management Board Executive Team member, shares how the Management Board helps build the 4-H program.
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4-H is operated as a partnership of staff and volunteers (and many of those volunteers are youth members!). Volunteers are critical to the program and 4-H simply couldn't exist without them. The roles we take on as volunteers can vary widely in...

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True Leaders in Equity Institute
April 17-19, 2020
National 4-H Conference Center, Chevy Chase, MD
From April 17 – 19, 2020, the True Leaders in Equity Institute will prepare up to 20 teams to be change agents within the Cooperative Extension System as we work to create more welcoming and inclusive environments. This training and leadership opportunity challenges participants to work together to ideate and champion equity-related projects that will grow 4‑H in their communities.

4‑H believes in youth and adults working together to leverage the strengths that each group brings to their communities and world.

At the Institute, teams will:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of key principles and concepts related to equity and inclusion.
  • Identify a particular equity indicator and/or issue to focus on for the next year.
  • Develop their skills and competencies in equity leadership and make connections to people, organizations and tools that can be helpful for their projects.
  • Create an overall framework for their project for the next year and a specific 90-day action plan to implement when they return home.

We’re looking for teams that consist of:
  • 2 passionate youth, ages 15 – 19, who will bring their unique views on equity and inclusion and return home inspired to make change.
  • 1 adult volunteer to act as a mentor, pose questions, and keep the projects moving.
  • 1 extension staff person, appointed by 4‑H program leader/administrator, who will support the team (e.g. specialist, educator, coordinator, etc.).

Applications are due January 17, 2020
CWF-Presidential Inauguration
Registration opens Jan. 13
This is the second time that 4-H will hold a Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) conference during the presidential inauguration. It is scheduled for January 17-21, 2021. For more information, including template letters to solicit donations to support funding an individual's trip, please see the CWF-Inauguration event page.

Check the event page on January 13, when registration opens. Applications for chaperones will also open on January 13. Space is limited on a first-come basis.
California 4-H State Field Day is May 30, 2020
California 4-H State Field Day
May 30 2020, 8 am - 6 pm
UC Davis
The California 4-H State Field Day is the largest educational event for California 4-H youth members and adult 4-H volunteers. The event is intended to provide a culminating experience in public speaking, textiles, plant sciences, photography, interview skills, and entomology. This family-friendly event is for all ages to participate.
2020 State Field Day logo
Save the Date and Sign Up to Help!
State Field Day contests are planned and implemented by 4-H volunteers. This year, we could use more help! The following committees need adult and youth volunteers:
  1. State Fashion Revue committee
  2. State Presentation Day
  3. Livestock Quiz Bowl
  4. Interview Contest
  5. Entomology Contest

Please contact Steven Worker at 4hsfd@ucanr.edu to help make these contests happen at State Field Day!
Why you should volunteer for State Field Day
State Field Day volunteers
Look at these smiling volunteers! Just the kind of people you like working with!
Entomology contest
4-H'ers take entomology seriously. Help make this contest happen!
Interview contest
The Interview Contest gives 4-H'ers a chance to practice real-life skills.
State Presentation Day Impromptu Topics
Categories for impromptu presentations are available so the presenter is expected to have completed basic research. Presenters are allowed one 5" x 7" note card (single sided) to reference during the delivery of the impromptu speech. More information is available in the  4-H Presentation Manual. 

At State 4-H Presentation Day, participation in Impromptu Speeches is limited to Intermediate and Senior 4-H members.
State Fashion Revue
20/20 Fashion...What's your vision?
State Fashion Revue (SFR) is one of the activities during State Field Day, open to members from all counties in California. This is the 15th annual SFR brought to you by a dedicated committee of youth members and adult volunteer leaders.

Enter your County Fashion Revue to qualify
Members qualify for SFR at their County Fashion Revue or equivalent event in their home counties. Each county may qualify one member in each of the age groups in each category. The age groups are Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. Primary members may enter at the county level but do not advance to the state event.

For 2020, there are two categories open to all 4-H members:
  • Consumer Science Purchased $40 limit
  • The Cosplay Challenge

Three categories are open to only sewing project members:
  • Traditional
  • Vintage Challenge
  • The Box Challenge

See the SFR event page for category descriptions and entry information.

Service Projects
The SFR committee selects service projects each year that use fabric, crafting, or sewing skills and encourages participation from all 4-H'ers. For 2020, the service projects are:

After you distribute the items locally, please let the SFR committee know the number of items made in your county. If you bring your items to SFR, we will take care of distribution.

Resources for County Fashion Revue
The 2020 SFR scorecards are posted on the SFR event page and the updated Guide for Evaluators will be posted in January. Counties are welcome to use these materials for their local events or contact Sue Moore, SFR Registrar, for the files at 2moores.sue@gmail.com.

For all the details about State Fashion Revue 2020, go to the SFR event page.
Get your Spark Surveys done by January 31st!
Help us share the impacts that 4-H is making by completing your Spark Surveys by January 31!

Your answers help us improve 4-H and share how our 4-H'ers are doing in our Annual Report.

Check your email for a link to the surveys or log in to ORB to get them ALL done!
Spark Surveys impact
Youth Agriculture and Animal Science Field Day 2020
February 8, 2020
Herzog Hall at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
$5 per person, register by February 1, 2020

Co-hosted by UC Cooperative Extension and the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center

The Youth Agriculture and Animal Science Field Day 2020 is an educational event for youth (and their adult leaders, teachers, and mentors) who raise, care, breed, show, and market animals; raise, grow, or farm plants or fibers; and/or care about agriculture.
Learn about the client-veterinarian relationship, promoting agriculture, backyard poultry, 
career opportunities, working landscapes, science of wildland fire, and animal welfare practices.

Invited Participants: Youth (age 9 and older) and adults from youth organizations who provide agriculture and animal science education, including 4-H, FFA, and Grange.
Dr. Temple Grandin
Keynote by Dr. Temple Grandin
(a 4-H alum!)

Early Bird Registration by Feb. 14
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 nwcaeton@ucanr.edu or Marianne Bird at mbird@ucanr.edu.  
2018 Camping Conference-2
2018 Camping Conference
Start planning your service projects for April!
The month of April is True Leaders in Service month, ending with the 4-H National Day of Service on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

The toolkit will be updated soon on the Brand Toolkit so you can plan your events and log them on the map.
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Upcoming events
January 17-19: 4-H Youth Summit-Southern
January 24-26: 4-H Youth Summit-Central
March 1-April 30: JOANN Clovers for Kids
March 6-7: UC Davis Field Day
month of April: True Leaders in Service Month
April 3-5: 4-H Camping Conference Early bird registration til 2/14
April 19-25: National Volunteer Week
April 25: 4-H National Day of Service
More information about all of these events will be updated soon on the state website.
Give to Grow 4-H
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