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Santa Clara County Project Proposal Process

Santa Clara County 4-H Project Approval Process

“Learn by doing” is an atmosphere where learning is fun and is an important element of 4-H.

In a project, members find things to learn, to do, to make, and to explore.

A 4-H project is:

  • Planned work in an area of interest to the 4-H member.
  • Guided by a 4-H adult volunteer(s) 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.
  • Inclusive of 4-H Curriculum resources.
  • For examples of project structure, see: Project Sheets

Each year, a 4-H member enrolls in at least one project. Members enrolling for the first time will be encouraged to take on only one project.

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. Others 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. The availability of a project depends upon whether an adult volunteer is available to lead it.

To complete a project proposal, please use the document linked below. An example is also provided:

·        4-H Annual Project Plan Template

·        SAMPLE: Complete 4-H Project Plan


Additional project planning resources.