What is 4-H?
4-H is an informal educational program that allows youth 5-19 years of age to learn by doing. Alameda County has 13 Community Clubs. The 4-H community club program offers a wide variety of activities for youth. Youth join a club, take part in monthly meetings run by elected youth members and explore their individual interests through projects. Each club has at least one Community Club Leader who is an adult volunteer. Project meetings are set and run by additional adult volunteers. Members can also participate in a number of county, sectional (multi-county), and statewide 4-H events.
What is a Project?
4-H members participate in projects where they are asked to accomplish a task, i.e., make something, develop a skill, raise and/or train an animal, etc. There are numerous projects available to 4-H members, including; foods, clothing, public speaking, models, aerospace, wood science, livestock, health, gardening, and photography.
4-H members begin by exploring their interests. They may select one or more projects, and receive a project manual which guides them through the activities. 4-H projects are age appropriate. The 16 year old 4-H member will be expected to do a more advanced project within their area of interest, whereas the 10 year old might be working with an introductory activity.
4-H'ers can complete a record book that demonstrates their project achievements and enter competition on a county, district and state level.
One of the most important aspects of 4-H project work is that the 4-H member decides what they want to learn and do as they explore their project. This allows the project to be self-paced, and gives children important skills in setting and working toward their goals.
If you would like to learn more about 4-H, contact your local County 4-H Club or County Representative.