June 2019
California 4-H Monthly Newsletter
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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!
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 sabond@ucanr.edu
  • State 4-H Office Advisor (Registration and Payment Questions): Jessica Bautista 530-750-1341 jbautista@ucanr.edu
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
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e4: The Volunteer Retreat
November 8-10, 2019
Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

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
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.
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. Now accepting nominations for awards. Applications are 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 are now available!
Applications are due August 11 th . Make sure you get your application in!

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 Time!
2019 National Youth Science Day: Game Changers
This October, the 2019 National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge, Game Changers. Designed by Google and West Virginia Extension service, Game Changers teaches kids ages 8-14 how to use computer science (CS) to create games, solve problems and engage with topics they’re passionate about.

For more information, please see the National 4-H NYSD webpage .
STEM Activity: The Pixel Puzzle dgs

Ever wonder why the video games look better than they did 20 years ago? The advancement in technology has lead to the art in video games look realistic. Pixelation, dots on the screen, and resolution, the number of pixels in an image, is the reason! In this activity, youth will get a chance to see how increasing the number of pixels will make a “video game” look better.

For more information on the activity, please visit Sciencebuddies.com 
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