July 2018
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New 2018-2019 State Program Fees
Effective July 1, 2018

$54 Youth
$18 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.

More information can be found in the May 2018 Newsletter
2018-2019 Volunteer Training
All 4-H adult volunteers are required to complete online training courses in eXtension in order to volunteer with 4-H youth. The eXtension training sessions are interactive and most volunteers have no problems accessing and completing the training.
If you have an older computer or low internet bandwidth
The State 4-H Office will facilitate training in a Zoom session, an online system that allows video conferencing, for those who have computers with older operating systems or low internet bandwidth. We will offer multiple Zoom-based sessions from July to November. 

Zoom participants need to INDIVIDUALLY pre-register online at least 1 day prior to the desired training date using the links for the session. Participants must stay on the webinar for the entire session in order to complete the training.
Click here for a list of the webinar dates and times and their registration links.
2017-18 Camping Advisory Committee
Leadership Opportunities within State 4-H Advisory Committees

We are looking for a few 4-H youth and volunteers to participate in the 2018-2019 CA 4-H Youth Development Program Advisory Committees.

The State 4-H Advisory Committees provide leadership and provide input to the Statewide 4-H Director for the operation and management of the 4-H Youth Development Program.
For more information on the committees, please visit the Advisory Committee site.

Committees still open:
  • Civic Engagement - Youth members & Adult volunteers
  • Educational Technologies - Adult volunteers
  • Incentives & Recognition - Youth members
  • STEM - Youth members
  • Policy - Staff members
  • Volunteer Development - Youth members

A post by 4-H Advisor Marianne Bird, published on the California Institute for Water Resources blog
Water education in afterschool programs: Building future ...

A group of 4th and 5th graders sat in a line on the floor of the school cafeteria, quietly waiting for the guest to set up his model. "Hello, everyone," Dr. Sandoval began. "¡Hola! ¿Cómo están?," he continued, and immediately a boy sprang to his...

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California State 4-H Fashion Review
Congratulations to the 136 members who represented 40 counties at the 2018 State Fashion Revue. In addition, 37 presentations were given by dual-registered members. We owe a big thanks to the evaluators, room monitors, and presentation room hosts who volunteered in Olson Hall.

The two state service projects were very successful!
Ryan's Case for Smiles
270 completed pillowcases were donated to Ryan's Case for Smiles, handmade by 4-H'ers in 16 counties
438 blankets were donated to Project Linus by members in 21 counties.
4-H'ers continue making a difference in their communities!
Announcing the 2019 State Fashion Revue Categories

  1. Traditional with $40 limit (unchanged from 2018); only open to 4-H Clothing and Textiles, aka Sewing project members.
  2. Consumer Science Purchased with $40 limit (unchanged from 2018); open to all 4-H members
  3. Retro/Historical Challenge (formerly the Retro Challenge) - garments inspired by styles from before the year 2000; only open to 4-H Clothing and Textiles, aka Sewing project members.
  4. Box Challenge (our first NEW challenge!) For 2019 it is red/white/blue fabric and incorporates a list of items in your “box.” Only open to 4-H Clothing and Textiles, aka Sewing project members.
  5. Make it Mine Challenge - altering a pattern or making your own pattern to achieve the fit and style you desire; open to all 4-H members

NOTE: The Upcycled category will NOT be offered at the 2019 State Fashion Revue, due to limited interest. As always, this category and others may be included in county fashion revues, but entries will not advance to the State Fashion Revue. 
Full guidelines for the Challenge categories are on the State Fashion Revue website. The theme and service projects will be posted online next month.

Questions? Please contact Mary maryengebreth@comcast.net or Sue 2moores.sue@gmail.com .
CA 4-H State Record Book
Record Book Updates
Manuals and Forms 2018-19

The 2018-19 Record Book Manuals and forms will not change this year. We will update and post the manual with the current year’s date by July 1, 2018 on the state website.

State Record Book Competition 2018

Members who are entering State Record Book Competition should review the 2018 State 4-H Record Book Competition Evaluation Process.

Intent to Submit forms are due by August 31 st and are available online.

Books should be delivered to the member’s county 4-H office as determined by the county. Watch for your county due dates. Books will be due electronically to the State 4-H Office by October 26, 2018 !
4-H CA Youth Summits
Join the Planning Team for the
Formerly known as LCORT

January 25-27, 2019
Wonder Valley Ranch in Sanger, CA

The Central Youth Summit Planning Team will work in collaboration with the California 4-H Management Board and the other area Youth Summit Planning Teams to plan and run the 2019 Youth Summits.
Planning Team applications have been extended for the Central Area Youth Summit ONLY. Applicants do not need to live in the Central Area in order to apply.

Planning team expectations:
·      Must be a senior 4-H member (age 14-19), adult volunteer, or 4-H staff
·      Flexible, friendly, and open-minded
·      Committed to time needed to plan and implement the summit
·      Attend all planning meetings (both face-to-face and conference call)
·      Individual task completion (estimated at 4-5 hours per month)
·      Self-motivated to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner
·      Respond to emails and correspondence in timely manner
All eligible members, adult volunteers, and 4-H staff are encouraged to Apply !

Applications are due by 11:59pm on July 30, 2018
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Application guidelines are available for view online now!
Check back to submit your application August 1 - October 22 ,2018

Welcome to 4-H STEM Lab!
Looking for easy ways to get your kids interested in science?
National 4-H STEM Lab provides fun, hands-on STEM activities for kids of all ages to do anywhere!
These hands-on activities are designed to instill curiosity, and critical thinking, helping kids develop the skills needed to be successful in life. They are also fun, easy to do, and feature a messy factor just for you! Check out the activities today to get started.
With the support of  HUGHESNET , 4‑H is bringing some of the best STEM activities from its land grant university network and other education partners to STEM Lab. 4‑H has clubs in every county across the nation and STEM Lab can help you bring 4‑H experiential learning to your family.

For more information visit the 4-H STEM Lab website .
4-H Presentation Showcase at the California State Fair
Come to the California State Fair to support your county and club members who received gold or platinum seals at the State 4-H Presentation Day! They are eligible to sign up for one hour blocks of time to present their presentation at the California State Fair in front of a live audience. Two to four presenters will alternate their presentations during the hour-long block, and may present several times each.

Monday, July 16 & Tuesday, July 17, 2018
11am-4pm: Expo Center Building #3 (Student Showcase Building)
Scholarship and Grant Opportunities
NYSD-CS with Google
Become a Computer Science Teen Leader
Win $1,000 by bringing CS to your community!
Google and 4-H need you to help bring computer science to kids in your community! This October, 4-H and Google will launch an exciting National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge, Code Your World , which is all about learning computer science through four fun, hands-on activities. Google and 4-H need your help bringing the online activity, called Animate a Name, to kids in your community.

Here’s how it works:

  • Register to be a CS Leader in your community. Registration opens July 2.
  • Choose a partner and create a plan to reach as many kids as you can with Animate a Name.
  • Execute your plan and have fun!

Your goal is to reach at least 100 kids with Animate a Name at school, special events, county fairs, or anything else you can think of.

The team that makes the biggest impact in their community by the end of October will be awarded $1,000.
Runners-up will also qualify for additional great prizes.

Visit Teens CS Leaders for more information and to register.
Contact Erin Gilfenbaum with questions.
2018 Golden Clover Nominations
Due August 5, 2018
The Golden Clover Awards recognize outstanding achievements of members, volunteers, program staff, and groups within the 4-H Youth Development Program.

For information on Eligibility, Application and Nomination Process, visit the 4-H Golden Clover section of the California 4-H website.
CA 4-H Golden Clover
2018 4-H Higher Education Scholarship Applications
DUE August 5, 2018
The UC 4-H Youth Development Program is committed to promoting higher education. With help from donors, statewide scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors and college-attending students.
7 Scholarships Available through UC 4-H

  • Award notification is typically sent out late October with award money dispersed in January
  • Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships but are only eligible to receive one scholarship per year. Previous scholarship recipients may reapply.
  • Gather your materials and read the essay prompts BEFORE starting the online application.

For more information, visit the 4-H Scholarship webpage
Karma for Cara

The foundation is offering grants of up to $1,000 to youth aged 18 and under to fund their community service projects.

Past projects include a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, and helping senior citizens.

The deadline is: July 1, 2018 .  

For all questions related to microgrants, contact:  k4cmicrogrants@livingclassrooms.org  for more info.
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Thrivent Student Resources

Thrivent Student Resources wants current students to excel in college by offering eight $5,000 scholarships.
US students age 18 and above (excluding New York and Florida) can enter this drawing.

Second drawing will be held on July 2 .  

If you are a winner, you'll be contacted by Thrivent Student Resources shortly after that date. 

Visit the Thrivent website for more information.
Give to Grow 4-H
100% of your donations to the California 4-H Foundation support 4-H in California