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.