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Civic Engagement

  • Leadership and Personal Development

  • Civic Engagement

  • Community/Volunteer Service

  • Communications and Expressive Arts

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Leadership & Personal Development

Ambassador Leadership (4-H age: 14 & older)

A project in which a member is selected as an ambassador. Learn how an ambassador assists their county and members.

Beginning 4-H

A project for new 4-H members which provides the opportunity to "sample" different projects.

Beginning 4-H  (4-H age: 5 to 8)

For members under the age of nine to participate in; project may include basic sampling of other projects.

Career Exploration

Learn about career opportunities through individual or group study under the direction of a leader.

Fair Preparation

Learn what to expect and how to prepare for participation at the fair. May include how to fill out fair entries and prepare a still exhibit, what supplies to bring to fair, how to prepare for fair camping, your local fair culture, or any other topic that will help to make a member's fair experience successful.


Any project which a group has determined it wishes to do.

Leadership Development

Learn about leadership for an individual, group and organization.  Build your own leadership skills through public speaking, project management, communication, organization, and negotiation.

Record Keeping

Learn about records management and the practice of identifying, classifying, archiving, preserving, and destroying records.  Many projects may focus on 4-H record books.


Any project which a member wishes to engage in for which there is not already a project category.

Teens as Teachers (TAT)

Using a cross-age teaching model, this project utilizes older 4-H youth as teen teachers in facilitating nutrition education lessons teaching younger youth basic nutrition and cooking skills through hands-on cooking lessons.

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Civic Engagement 

Learn to make a positive difference in one’s community and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation. Youth will learn to engage within communities on many scales--from local to global--making contributions that reinforce their sense of purpose and strengthening their sense of belonging with peers and community adults.

Consumer Economics/ Education

For the member who is interested in wise purchasing for themselves and others. Members will learn to balance needs, wants, and resources by setting priorities and weighing alternative.

Domestic Exchanges

4-H members and volunteer leaders establish a two-way exchange with 4-Hers from another state or another county within California.  The groups take turns hosting one another on consecutive summers.

Economics & Business

This project helps prepare youth to be successful as they enter the market and learn basic economic principles of a free market system, investigate the stock, bond, fund, cash, and futures markets, and explore U.S. industries and their impacts on the American economy.

Global Education

Foster cross-cultural awareness, cooperation and understanding about other countries.  Learn to live and work effectively in a global society.

Hi 4-H (grades 9 to 12)

A Civic Engagement and Community Pride project for high school 4-H members.


An advanced study in any project field. A special study (including tours) of different types of businesses, a roadside stand, or the commodity marketing program.

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Community / Volunteer Service

Community Service

In this project youth learn the value of helping others, develop leadership, communication, organizational skills, and a sense of empowerment, and build selfesteem from the positive results of their service.

Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is designed to empower youth and center youth voices in Policy, Systems, and Environmental change interventions and community leadership. YPAR’s adaptive, flexible approach trains youth to design and conduct a research project based on the questions and concerns they have about their school and/or community.

Service Learning

Learn how to step-up a community service project to a service-learning project and make a greater impact on your community while learning new skills.

Communications and Expressive Arts 

American Sign Language 

Youth learn how to “talk” with their hands and “listen” with their eyes using American Sign Language (ASL). Explore the language, culture, and history of the Deaf community. Interact with the Deaf community by using the basics of ASL.

Arts & Crafts

Learn life skills and grow in project knowledge while making creative items or projects by hand. The project will teach skills, techniques and tools in drawing, painting, fiber arts, papercrafts, and more. This includes but is not limited to, any of the following: jewelry making, fly tying, macramé, decoupage, stained-glass, making, pottery, ceramics, and hobbies such as coin or stamp collecting.

Ceramics & Clay Arts

Learn how to make items or projects out of clay. Depending on your skill level, you may learn how to make clay items using a variety of hand building methods and/or wheel throwing and there may be an age requirement. This project could include glaze application, decoration techniques, firing processes, design critique and aesthetics, and history of ceramics.


Develop oral and written communication skills.  Learn about various methods used to communicate including speech and writing.  Project may elect to focus on various historical or modern technologies used for communication.

Cultural Arts

Learn about and/or participate in leisure-time activities that enhance the quality of life. These activities include, but are not limited to dance, drama, theatre arts, music, singing, and museum work.


Learn the history and various styles of dance. Leader may wish to specify type of dance that will be taught in the project.

Drama & Theater Arts

Learn about everything involved with theatre!  Members work together to develop a performance including music, dance, acting, stage creation, and scripts.

Graphic Arts

Members will learn the art of printmaking and drawing, using either historical or modern techniques.


Hobbies are practiced for interest and enjoyment.  Various 4-H hobby projects may focus on collecting, art, making, or tinkering.


Learn to speak a language. This project may focus on how to speak, listen to, read, or write or the culture and history of language speaking communities.


Learn to design, make, and decorate leather furnishings and wardrobe items.

Music & Instruments

Learn to play one or various instruments. May include information on writing and reading music.


Learn and explore areas of expression using the body and voice to convey a message in a performance through pitch, diction, dynamics, etc.


Learn to use photographic equipment and take and/or develop photographs.

Public Speaking

Members will learn how to properly prepare and give a demonstration or talk. This may include any number of props education in areas such as posters and PowerPoint. May include members participating in events such as Presentation Day.

Radio Broadcasting

Learn aspects of radio broadcasting which could include writing scripts, conducting interviews, recording skills, technical audio editing, and the history of radio while gaining leadership skills, reading, and speaking confidence, and connection with the local community. May include partnership with local radio stations.


Learn how to make a scrapbook to commemorate events or people using photos, mementos, and basic scrapbooking tools.

Tabletop Gaming

This project introduces youth to the fundamentals of game theory and game mechanics through experiential playing and reflection on games.

Video Production

Learn about the science of videotaping, editing, and distributing a finished product.

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