Youth, Families & Communities
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to several initiatives that serve the individual communities represented by their local UC Cooperative Extension office. Initiative E, Healthy Californians, and Initiative F, Families and Communties, are directly related to UCCE Ventura's family and community focused programs.
UCCE Ventura manages the county's 4-H program that currently includes fourteen local clubs and serves over 650 youth and 180 adult volunteers in the county. Participation in the 4-H program can help provide a solid foundation for building character through their many challenging and interesting projects and cooperative efforts.
4-H is an exciting educational program for all youth ages 5 to 19. 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with an emphasis in STEM and proven results.
A study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are:
- Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school
- Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college
- 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors
- 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.
Educational Outreach to Youth:
Age appropriate field trips and classroom outreach are important components in educating youth in agricultural literacy, nutrition, gardening and sustainability. Specially trained volunteers and staff at the the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center deliver hands-on programs in a working farm setting.