head, heart, hands, health

Altadena Foothills 4H

since 2016

FAQs

WHAT IS 4H?

4H is a non-profit, volunteer-managed youth development club. 4H gives young people opportunities to learn skills and to build knowledge in a hands-on context, as well as affecting positive change in their community. 4H has its roots in agricultural America and has been functioning since 1902. In Los Angeles County, it operates under the auspices of the UC Cooperative Extension. Altadena Foothills 4H Club chartered in the spring of 2016 and completed our first year of operation in June of 2017


HOW CAN I ENROLL?

You can enroll my clicking the "enroll" page to get step by step information.


IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?

Many families who qualify for free school lunches may also have their 4H enrollment fees waived. Contact the Altadena Foothills 4H Club Leader or LA County 4H for more information.


WHEN DO YOU MEET?

Club general meetings happen on the second Saturday of each month, except for July and August. Meetings have been held . General meetings are required for all members who wish to remain in good standing. Project meetings vary based on the design of individual project leaders. Leaders are not responsible for reminding families of meeting times. On occasion, a project leader may need to change a meeting, in which case she or he will let you know.


WHO CAN JOIN? DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN ALTADENA TO BE PART OF ALTADENA FOOTHILLS 4H?

4H is open to all youth aged 5-19, regardless of address.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

For 2021, youth registration is $65. Approximately $54 of the registration fee goes directly to the County. Additional fees, called “club dues,” are determined by our club, and reflect our best estimation of materials expenses as well as a small amount toward the operation of our club. No profits are expected from registration fees. The $65 registration fee covers the member for that year academic year. Per county guidelines, the registration fee must be collected in cash or check by the club leader. Currently, there is no mechanism for online payment of registration fees. In addition, the club will offer a number of projects each year. Members must pay a project materials upon enrolling in that Project. The registration fee is paid only once per member, per academic year. Members are welcome to enroll in as many projects as they wish. To learn about current club projects, visit the "projects" page.


WHAT HAPPENS IN GENERAL MEETINGS?

Club meetings are the CLUB part of 4H! Members from the different project areas get together once a month to share what they did in their previous project meetings. They also learn how to conduct business, as general meetings are led by club officers (youth leaders). Club officers lead club members through the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4H Pledge. They also lead club members in team-building activities, planning community service projects, and club outings and outreach. There might be a guest speaker, a craft, or some other hands-on activity. Attendance at general meetings is required of members from all areas, except for Cloverbuds (members 8 and under), who are welcome but not required to attend.


WHO ARE THE 4H ADULTS?

The adults who lead 4H are volunteers from Altadena and surrounding communities. Some are parents of 4H youth members, and some are simply passionate about a specific topic or skill. They all love kids and want to make our community a better place. Every leader has been given an official 4H orientation and has passed a background check.


HOW CAN I SUPPORT ALTADENA FOOTHILLS 4H?

We always need adult leaders! If you are interested and want to share your skills or knowledge with kids, contact the club leader to find out how you can get trained. We welcome donations or gifts-in-kind from local businesses. If your business would like to donate food or drinks, or other gifts-in-kind, contact the club leader to share your ideas.