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How to Join 4-H

2022-2023_How to Enrollment Guide

2022-2023 SCC How to Enrollment Guide

What does 4-H provide for Young People?

As a program of the University of California, 4-H offers a variety of programs and activities that meet the needs and interests of young people from 5-19 years old. 4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in the United States with more than 6.5 million young people ages 5-19, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers. 4-H serves youth throughout California and in Santa Clara County in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Youth learn leadership, civic engagement, and life skills by participating in a variety of activities and more than 50 projects as varied as computer science, leadership, public speaking, photography, animal science, cooking, and service-learning. 


May I participate in 4-H as an Adult?

4-H is a volunteer organization and we are thankful for our volunteers (18 years old +) who donate their time, energy, and enthusiasm to make 4-H programs come alive in their community. 4-H volunteers mentor youth and support them to become responsible, self-directed, and productive members of society.

How Do I Begin the Process to Join 4-H?

To join a 4-H club in Santa Clara County, visit Santa Clara County 4-H Clubs to learn which club is closest to you. Please contact the club leader or enrollment coordinator listed on the flyer for specific information about participating in a club meeting soon. The club contact can provide information so you may visit a 4-H monthly meeting prior to completing enrollment


Steps to enroll in 4-H as a NEW member:

(returning members, please view the next section.)

  1. Please make contact with your local 4-H club before completing a 4-H online enrollment profile.
  2. Complete a 4-H online enrollment profile.

4-H Online is a web-based system used to enroll youth and accept adult volunteer applications for the California 4-H Youth Development Program.

4-H Online 2.0 family resources are available to Families and Volunteers on the Enrollment Forms page.

3. Complete payment of the annual 4-H enrollment fee through the secure online payment portal.

What is the Cost?

To enroll in the 4-H program, families pay a $40 annual fee per household and $80.00 per youth enrollment. (includes accident and illness insurance) Enrollment fees are charged annually and cover one program year (July 1 - June 30). Fees are not pro-rated for partial year enrollment. Adults who enroll as 4-H volunteers have no additional charge.

UC ANR programs are open to participants, regardless of their ability to pay. Program Enrollment fees will be waived or reduced for eligible youth. To complete a "Fee Waiver" application, contact your club's Volunteer Enrollment Coordinator, OR complete the confidential online form, OR email the 4-H office.

Clubs and/or projects may collect additional fees from families or youth to cover the costs of project materials, ranch use, and 4-H club events. Please check with your primary club.

If you need directions to reach club contacts, please email Susan Weaver, 4-H Regional Supervisor, sjweaver@ucanr.edu, or view your club's flyer. 

Please contact your Club Leader or your County 4-H Office if you have any barriers to participation or any special needs

The University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) prohibits discrimination or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at http://ucanr.org/sites/anrstaff/files/107778.doc)