University of California Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, Suite 100
Ventura, CA 93003
Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The office will be closed for the following holidays:
Ventura County 4-H
What is 4-H?
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.
What is a 4-H Club?
A 4-H club is an organized group of at least five youth from three different families with two 4-H appointed adult volunteers. Members and leaders meet regularly and have a planned program that is carried out through all or most of the year. The purpose of a 4-H club is to provide positive youth development opportunities that enable youth to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities.
4-H clubs usually meet on weekday evenings and offer self-chosen multiple learning experiences and activities. The youth officers run the meetings, typically using parliamentary procedure.
All 4-H clubs must be chartered, which includes having an approved constitution and bylaws. The 4-H charter allows clubs to use the 4-H name and emblem, raise funds in the name of 4-H, and carry out the 4-H educational program.
Individual youth and adult volunteers must complete the required 4-H enrollment process and pay the annual 4-H program fee which includes accident and sickness insurance coverage.
There are currently twelve 4-H clubs in Ventura County ranging in size from half a dozen to over fifty.
What are 4-H Projects?
Each year, a 4-H club member enrolls in at least one project. Members enrolling for the first time may be encouraged to take on only one or two projects. As members gain experience, the size of the project may be increased, or additional projects may be selected. Some project groups meet once a week, while others might meet once or twice a month. The purpose of these meetings is to guide the members in gaining knowledge, attitudes, skills, and habits needed to complete their work successfully.
A 4-H project is:
- Planned work in an area of interest to the 4-H member.
- Guided by a 4-H adult volunteer who is the project leader.
- Aimed at planned objectives that can be attained and measured.
- Summarized by some form of record keeping.
- A minimum of six hours of project instruction.
4-H Office Information
4-H Office is located at:
Ventura, CA 93003