4-H Update
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4-H'ers are making a difference for California
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4-H Makes Shields for Heroes

In an effort to help their community to control the spread of COVID-19, a Silicon Valley brother and sister came up with a plan to support health care personnel. They even created a video to show how they are helping and show how others can...

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100 Face Masks

In these times of crisis and need, I know from personal experience that the first thing that I as a 4-H'er want to do is help those around me. I found that making masks was the way to accomplish this. With the help of my mom, I gained a new skill ...

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Updates from 4-H
During this difficult time, 4-H staff and volunteers have been meeting regularly to address questions and concerns about the many events and activities that are coming up in the spring and summer. Because of guidance from the Governor and the CDC, please note the following changes to 4-H events:
  • All summer overnight camps are cancelled through July 4th. Please see our FAQs about camps scheduled past July 4th. Updates will be posted regularly on our Camp page. Thank you to our Camping Advisory Committee for their diligent work to address health safety concerns.
  • The State Fair and many county fairs have been cancelled. Please see our documents on Market Animal Sale Options & Regulations and Junior Livestock Auction Guidelines to answer questions you may have about 4-H livestock projects.
  • The Horse Classic and Horse Education Contests are postponed until further notice.
California Focus is canceled for 2020
While we had remained hopeful that California Focus would be able to be held this summer to continue the tradition of teaching Civic Engagement with a hands-on experience. It’s clear the impact of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for the foreseeable future and that large gatherings should be postponed at this time.

Based on the advice of health experts and the continued guidance issued by the governor and University of California leadership, we have decided to cancel California Focus scheduled for June 19-23, 2020. The health and safety of our 4-H members and volunteers are our number one priority.

The State Ambassadors and the members of the Civic Engagement Advisory committee are working on some online workshops and activities with Civic Engagement topics. Look for these in May and June on the California 4-H at Home website.
State 4-H Advisory Committees Make a Difference in 4-H!

In this changing environment, the Advisory Committees have been instrumental in giving guidance in a variety of areas:
  • 4-H camps
  • Adapting Animal Science projects to accommodate social distancing
  • Healthy Living resources, ideas and tips
  • Civic Engagement events and activities (such as Cal Focus, Census 2020 and voting)
  • Record Book changes (e.g., ORB sunset)
  • Adapting policies to accommodate virtual learning
  • and so much more...

THANK YOU to the staff, youth and adult volunteers on our Advisory Committees who have spent their time in many Zoom meetings and discussions to develop updates and adapt activities to share with everyone.

Your work is helping 4-H continue to give youth life skills.

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.

County Staff, youth and adult volunteers are encouraged to apply for the following advisory committees:
  • Animal Science
  • Camping
  • Civic Engagement
  • Incentives and Recognition
  • Policy
  • STEM Education
  • Shooting Sports
  • Volunteer Development

*Please note that the Healthy Living is not accepting applications at this time.

Learn more on the State Advisory Committee Page      
What's the dirt on Big Dig Day?
On June 5, UC ANR and California 4-H will launch our second annual independent statewide giving day! We call it Big Dig Day—a day to “dig deep to support the programs you care about!” It is being held on June 5 in conjunction with World Environment Day—which aims to deepen awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment. By donating to UC ANR California 4-H, you support programs for a healthier California.

Our goal is 100% participation from all counties and programs—and a toolkit of campaign resources is available on our website! UC ANR is offering cash prizes for greatest number of new donors and most funds raised! Participate by sharing your support on social media! #BigDigDay #DigDeep

Gifts of any size will have an immediate impact.
Now more than ever we know the value of community, research, and science-based information. In times of crisis—and beyond, we are here.

Thank you for your generous support.
State 4-H Fashion Show
Fashion Revue County Winners are invited to enter the virtual California State 4-H Fashion Show. It is an opportunity to show off outstanding outfits, without evaluation or awards. Still photographs with a commentary will be incorporated into a video with a link sent to all participants. For this special fashion show, Junior, intermediate, and Senior County Winners in state and local categories may participate, as long as you entered a complete outfit for evaluation (excluding quilts, modeling, accessories, etc.). If you are the County Winner in 2 categories, you can submit 2 separate entries. All outfit items in the two categories must be different.

Only a few county fashion revues were held in February and March. We hope those planned for April and May are rescheduled. The timing for the video release depends on the new county dates. We would very much like to include county winners from all counties! 

Counties – please let us know when your fashion revue will take place. County winner members enter the State 4-H Fashion Show at http://ucanr.edu/surey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=30045 .

If you have questions, contact Sue Moore, State Fashion Revue committee, 2moores.sue@gmail.com   or 209-743-2020.

2021 State Fashion Revue
2021 SFR will have a new theme, but keep the same categories as 2020 since this year’s event was canceled. This means you have another year to create your Cosplay Challenge, Vintage Challenge, or Box Challenge outfit. Traditional and Consumer Science Purchased $40 limit are back too. Eligible outfits will be those evaluated at 2021 County Fashion Revues. Go to https://ucanr.edu/sites/sfd/Competitions/State_Fashion_Revue/  for information.
California 4-H at Home
We plan to continue to build this new site to give you ideas and support to participate and lead 4-H events from home.
We now have a new site to share information and resources to participate in 4-H activities from home: California 4-H at Home . This site will be changing often as more resources and information are available, so please bookmark this site to check in.

  1. Calendar of live virtual events
  2. Links to resources you can download and do from home
  3. Guidance and resources to lead virtual 4-H Meetings
  4. Updates on 2020 4-H state and national events

Now on California 4-H at Home
How to Lead a Virtual 4-H Meeting
The State Ambassadors led a popular Zoom webinar on How to Lead a Virtual 4-H Meeting. If you missed it - or want to watch again - there is now a recording available on the California 4-H At Home site.

Please note - this is not a recording of the live webinar. It is just a recording of their presentation.
Topics covered:
  • How to set up ZOOM and create a secure meeting
  • University of California 4-H guidance for safe ZOOM meetings
  • Tips on creating a fun and welcoming meeting, while still getting the business of the club done.

Live events
Please save the date for a special wellness webinar for coordinators and volunteers!

Creating an Oasis for Yourself & Others
May 13, 2020, 10am - 11am
Online via Zoom
In this environment of broken routines and uncertainty, chances are you and those around you, are experiencing big feelings. Stress and coping are frequent topics right now and everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Taking care of yourself, your family, and your friends can help you cope with stress and can also make your community stronger.

Join Missy Gable, Statewide Master Gardener Director; Anne Iaccopucci, Academic Coordinator for Healthy Living; and Marcel Horowitz, Healthy Youth, Families & Communities Advisor, who will focus our attention on taking care of ourselves and each other.

You’ll learn about the therapeutic benefits of gardening, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and personal resilience. Whether you are a UC employee or a volunteer, creating an oasis during challenging times could be the most important task of all.

This webinar is hosted by Gemma Miner and Marisa Coyne, Academic Coordinators for Volunteer Engagement

Register in advance for the event. 
Online learning with 4-H and Project Learning Tree
  • Are you in middle school or high school and looking for something new that can expand your world?
  • Are you interested in the natural world? Do you like to explore new places and new things?
  • We have a new program that might be just what you are looking for!

Throughout May and June we are continuing our Treemendous Tuesdays! Join us at 3pm every Tuesday.

May 5: Invasive Species
May 19: Invasive Plants & trees
June 2: Benefits of Urban Trees
June 16: iTree
June 30: Living with Fire

CA 4-H, CA Project Learning Tree and the CA Urban Forestry Center are offering weekly 1 hour Zoom sessions that include independent explorations, Project Leaning Tree activities, and presentations by scientists and resource professionals.

Register for each session. The Zoom link will be sent to your email each Monday.

Register and a Zoom invite will be sent to your email.
Virtual State 4-H Field Day
Participate from home in this first-ever virtual State Field Day.

Registration is open until May 13, 2020 at 5pm for all virtual State Field Day contests!

Save the Date for the Virtual Awards Ceremony on May 31 at 6pm. More details to be announced soon via social media.
Virtual Robotics Contest
Virtual State Robotics Contest, May 30
The Virtual 4-H State Robotics Contest will be held on May 30 from 11am to 1pm. Both Contestants and Spectators must register in order to join the Zoom live event.

Individuals and Teams compete using RoboBlockly to program a virtual robot to complete the challenge.

Three Levels of Competition
  • Level 1 – Obstacle Course
  • Level 2 – The Clover Artist
  • Level 3 – Creative Challenge: Synchronized Robot Dance Routine
You can do some or all of the three competitions.

Please go to the Virtual 4-H State Robotics Contest page to get more details about this event, links to tutorials and RoboBlockly, and to Register.
Virtual Plant Science contest
Virtual Plant Science Contest
Register by May 13 to participate in the Virtual Plant Science Contest. Registrants will receive the contest materials on May 14 and have until May 27 to complete their entries. Winners will be announced at the Virtual Award Ceremony on Sunday, May 31 at 6 pm.

This contest will not be a qualifier for the National Junior Horticulture Association competition. Information about a qualifying event will be shared at a later date.
Interview Contest 2020
Virtual Interview Contest
More companies are doing virtual interviews now, even before shelter-in-place went into effect. This year the Interview Contest will also be virtual, via Zoom. Go to the Interview Contest event page to register and check out the job descriptions for Junior, Intermediate and Senior level 4-H'ers.

Evaluators will also be needed for this contest, so please go to the event page to learn more about the contest and sign up to be an Evaluator.
Sign up to be an Evaluator
Sign up to be a Virtual Evaluator for the Virtual Presentation Day and Interview Contest!
Adults and youth ages 16 and older can now sign up to be Evaluators for the Virtual State Presentation Day.

Sign up for a 2 hour time block between May 18-31. You will be reviewing presentations via Zoom and submitting an online evaluation form. This form was developed and tested with our Area Presentation Days.
"I love this new system! It was so easy to volunteer as an Evaluator."
~ Area Presentation Day Evaluator
2018-2019 Annual Report
The 4-H Annual Report for 2018-19 is now available on our homepage. So many things have changed in the past few months, but it’s nice to look at all that we have accomplished to remember that we have good things happening in 4-H all the time! Thank you to the following counties for contributing stories: Mendocino, Lake, Butte, Contra Costa, Merced – and to the fabulous 4-H’ers who make us proud!
You can find our Annual Report on the state 4-H homepage.

Please feel free to share!
Become a Civic Engagement Officer
As you can see from our 2018-19 Annual Report, Community Service Projects increased by 116%! With all the masks, face shields, and other acts of service that 4-H'ers are providing to their communities during this time, this is a growing part of 4-H.

The Civic Engagement Officer is responsible for all aspects of one or more service projects that your club participates in during the 4-H year. Officers will give leadership to the project and create a club Civic Engagement Committee who will collaborate and delegate responsibilities to club members, advisors, and parents. In addition to promoting community service and service learning activities. Civic Engagement officers work with other officers to provide ways to introduce service projects to your club during club meetings and throughout the year.  
Due to development challenges and a rapidly changing technological environment have led UC 4-H to difficult decision to sunset ORB on
July 1, 2020. 

Those who are currently using ORB for the 2019-20 program year will have access through December 31, 2020
to complete their record book.
Stakeholder Letter
For a comprehensive explanation, the timeline, and support help during the transition, please download the following ORB Stakeholder Letter.     

Informational Webinars
The California State 4-H Office will be host an informational webinar to provide direct information concerning the closure of the 4-H Online Record Book (ORB) and answer any related questions. 
These webinar will be recorded for viewing at a later time if you are unable participate.

  • Webinar - May 25, 2020 7pm - 7:30pm

For updated information and ongoing support related to the sun setting of ORB, visit the ORB Sunset Support Page