4-H Way: "Message from Mary"
Mary Ciricillo, Director of California 4-H Foundation
As I sit down to write this greeting, I am overwhelmed by the tenacity and strength of the California 4-H Program, our youth members, and with all of you -- 4-H Alumni, Volunteers, Parents, Sponsors, and Friends.

This past year was a challenging one for 4-H, a program that relies on a “learn by doing” environment and the ability to meet in person and come together showcasing the talented skills and hard work of our 4-H youth. Yet, despite the challenges that prevented us from meeting in person, California 4-H continued to provide venues where youth could lead, innovate, learn and do.

4-H youth found a way to “show” their livestock, build camaraderie at camp, and display leadership among their peers. California 4-H State Ambassadors shined on social media encouraging 4-H’ers to get out and stay active. 4-H Alumni & Friends continued to generously give to a program they believe in, raising over $1.3M in support of state and county 4-H programs. Despite a challenging year, this was a 15% increase over last year’s support.

In addition, with the collaboration of 4-H staff, volunteers, and supporters, 5 additional county Forever 4-H endowments were established this past year making a total of 8 Forever 4-H endowments that will generate sustainable revenue for 4-H programs forever. Thank you. 
4-H Community: California Shines
4-H Camp Memories
Camping Advisory Committee member, Eve, shares her memories of 4-H Camp and encourages everyone to share their own memories!

"Okay, if you've never participated in camp, particularly 4-H Camp, then you're probably feeling a little left out. 4-H Camp is a place where all of us can come together to build one another up through fun, skillful, and personable adventures, and sometimes in wacky ways." Read Eve's story here!
CA 4-H Alums Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture
Jesse Lee Eller and Marcus Hollan, proud 4‑H alumni, are using their passion for advancing equity and inclusion in agriculture.

Crediting the foundational skills and life lessons learned in 4‑H, Jesse and Marcus lead the work of Cultivating Change Foundation through diversity training, conference participation, and an annual Summit. In addition to their foundation work, the two lead at Studio 5 – Learning and Development, Inc., a people development firm based in San Francisco. Jesse is the chief executive officer, and Marcus is the chief people officer. Read their story here!
Class of 2021
Congratulations to all of our 4-H graduates! The class of 2021 has faced many challenges and have had their resilience tested. Kudos to all of you for moving forward through obstacles of the past year!
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
Know Passionate Youth? Their Winning Videos Can Change the Food System!
There’s no question that we need to do more listening to youth about food systems—and their voices need to be heard in conversations about the future of agriculture. And that is why The Rockefeller Foundation Youth Voice Awards, part of the Videos for Change contest has been created!
Young people aged 13–18 can submit one-minute videos diving into the ways food systems affect them, their communities, or our planet.
Winning videos will be screened at the upcoming Food Systems Film Festival alongside feature-length films and documentary shorts, featuring celebrity judges and food system heroes. You can read more about the contest by clicking here!
4-H State Leadership Conference
July 23-25, 2021
2021 California 4-H virtual State Leadership Conference Mission: Sparks Explore Your Possibilities! This annual conference will help strengthen skills in leadership, communications and goal setting to plan for the future.

Virtual Camps
July 19-23 & August 9-13, 2021

Choose one morning and/or one afternoon activity for each day and join us for morning and afternoon icebreakers and group activities. Open to youth ages 9-18, and 4-H membership not necessary to participate.

Registration is $50/child, $10 for each additional child in the family. Scholarships available, apply at registration. Click for info!
4-H Giving: How Can I Support?
FY 2020-2021
  • $1,316,884 - Total raised for CA 4-H
  • $77,424 - CA 4-H Foundation
  • $208,792 - State Programs
  • $1,030,667 - County Programs 

Big Dig Day 2021
  • 54 gifts
  • $31,824 raised

Spring Mailing 2021
  • 177 gifts
  • $18,435 raised
Spring Fundraising Report
Now more than ever we know the value of community and outreach. The show of support for the 4-H programs across the state demonstrates the impact we're having in our communities and the value that donors place on our work.

Donations we received from the Spring Appeal, Tractor Supply, Joann's, and Big Dig Day will help us continue important programming, reaching youth across California and helping them get on a path of college and career readiness!

Again, thank you for your generosity and inspiring kids to do!
The California 4-H Foundation is on Amazon Smile
If you shop on Amazon, it is easy to make your shopping benefit the California 4-H Foundation. Just start each shopping session at http://smile.amazon.com. Log into your Amazon account the way you normally do, then search for and select “California 4-H Foundation.”  Bookmark the page and then every time you shop, 0.5% of your eligible purchases will support 4-H in California.

If you have questions or need help getting set up, you can contact Tammie Erhard, tlerhard@ucanr.edu or (530) 750-1301.
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