4-H California Youth Development Program

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$3,963 raised by 43 donors

66% complete

$6,000 Goal

The California 4-H Foundation raises funds from private sources to support the mission of the 4-H Youth Development Program: to engage youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. Established in 1913, the California 4-H Youth Development Program has impacted the lives of millions of Californians who have participated in club programs, served as volunteer leaders, or supported their efforts through local, regional, and statewide partnerships.

A public and private partnership comprised of the USDA, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, county governments, the California 4-H Foundation, and local clubs, the California 4-H Youth Development Program reflects the mission of the National 4-H organization, empowering youth through hands-on learning, research-based programs, adult mentorship, and civic engagement, preparing them to apply these skills to their educational and professional pursuits, and their role as citizens in a dynamic and complex world.

Since 1902, the 4-H Youth Development Program (YDP) has been engaging youth in hands-on, experiential learning activities focusing on science, technology, health, natural resources, citizenship, and leadership. Initially introduced in rural communities across the United States and one of the oldest youth development organizations in the country the 4-H YDP now spans globally to urban, suburban, and rural settings. The University of California, a land grant university, supports local 4-H programming across California. From the center of the city to the acreage of Wilton, Sacramento County 4-H brings learning alive to over 1,800 youth in 4-H club, camp, and after school science education programs. 4-H nurtures leadership, and young people are seen as resources capable of contributing not in just in the future, but now. Over 200 adult volunteers help youth develop confidence, build important life skills and empower youth to make a difference in their lives and the communities in which they live.


The 4-H Youth Development Program ignites the joy of learning while developing citizenship, leadership, and life skills in young people.


Volunteer Development Day ($25 per volunteer)

Youth Member Fee Scholarship ($80)

On The Wild Side Science Camp Class Fee ($110 per student)

Science Kits for Youth Experiences in Science or Water Wizards Program ($200)

New 4-H Club Start-Up Fund ($500)

Bus Cost for Science Field Trip ($1,500)

Equity Statement

University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources (UCANR) is an equal opportunity provider. (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/390107.pdf) Inquiries regarding ANR’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to UCANR, Affirmative Action Compliance Officer, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618, (530) 750-1343.

Organization Data


Organization name

4-H California Youth Development Program

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Youth Development

Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program

Demographics Served

Youth & Children

Local Counties Served



4145 Branch Center Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95827

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

Solano, CA, US






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