4-h provides hands-on experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids and teens complete projects in areas like health, public speaking, science, agriculture, citizenship, and more, in a positive environment. They receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles in the club. In California, 4-H is an outreach of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. youth ages 5-19 participate and adult volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome.
One of the best life skills that a 4-Her learns is public speaking. They do this by making announcements in front of our club, leading the 4-H pledge, and participating in Presentation Day events, which involve teaching an audience of their peers and adults how to “make”, “raise”, or “grow” something they learned in their project.
Another very important aspect of 4-H is record keeping. Members learn how to keep track of all that they do in 4-H and document it on different forms, all of which are compiled annually into their record book. These books are then turned in for awards at the club, county, and state level. An added benefit of keeping a record book is the invaluable help it provides our teens as they begin college applications.
Awards and recognition
Our members have many opportunities to earn awards throughout the year, whether by entering an item they made, grew or raised into the Ventura County Fair or through the many countywide 4-H events. 4-Hers can also earn medals for their hats by holding officer positions, having 100% attendance at meetings, and more.
Monthly club meetings
Meetings are typically on the second Tuesday of each month every month, from September to May, starting at 7 p.m. at Poinsettia Elementary School in Ventura. These dates/locations can change from time to time. Each member is required to attend 80% of all monthly club meetings. These meetings are FUN and we always have an activity!