4-H Organizational Overview
4-H is a community of youth across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The University of California Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and Alameda County sponsor the local 4-H Youth Program. 4-H is a co-educational program available for youth aged 5-18. 4-H serves urban and rural families. The program's goals are to help youth develop into responsible and productive adults through the development and support of leadership teams of youth, adult volunteers and staff who organize educational project experiences in community based settings. Youth can become involved in learning new skills though specific projects. They can expand their leadership roles and independent thinking skills through committee work, project leadership and special teen leadership projects while working with a diverse community of youth and adults.
Opportunities in 4-H
4-H Project Groups provide the main source of activity for youth. Projects are designed so that youth “Learn by Doing” and youth enroll in activities that interest them. Projects offered include both animal and non-animal learning experiences. Local 4-H Club projects offered are dependent on adult volunteer leaders and may include Drama, Photography, Sewing, Knitting, Gardening, Horse, Swine, Sheep, Cats, Rabbits, Poultry and more. Member's may also join county-wide projects such as State Exchange, Citizenship and Square Dancing.
How to Get Involved
The 4-H Club serving Castro Valley, San Leandro and Hayward is Redwood 4-H. Monthly Redwood 4-H Community Club Meetings occur September through June on the second Thursdays of the month at 7pm. See Contacts/Links for all Alameda County Clubs.
Join the Fun by Joining 4-H!
A small fee (approximately $55) is charged each year to join 4-H. This covers group accident insurance and printing costs. Some projects may incur additional costs for materials. A local and county newsletter is distributed to all registered members.