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What is 4-H?

4-H is a non-profit, volunteer-managed youth development club. 4-H 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. 4-H 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 4-H Club chartered in the spring of 2016 and completed our first year of operation in June of 2017.


Who can join? Do I have to live in Altadena to be part of Altadena Foothills 4-H?

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


How much does it cost?

For 2019-20, youth registration is $60. 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 $60 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 Fee 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.

Is financial aid available?

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


What happens at the Club's General Meetings?

Club meetings are the CLUB part of 4-H! 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 4-H 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 Project areas, except for Cloverbuds (members 8 and under), who are welcome but not required to attend.


Who are the 4-H adults?

The adults who lead 4-H are volunteers from Altadena and surrounding communities. Some are parents of 4-H 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 4-H orientation and has passed a background check.

What classes do you offer?

In 4-H, we call classes “Projects” because members are encouraged to take the lead and to determine what they want to learn about. In beginner levels, Projects are leader-directed; however, as members become older, more experienced and more independent, they should start to determine what to focus on, and the Project Leader becomes their guide. Because Project Leaders are volunteers, the Projects we offer depend entirely on what people step forward to do. Altadena Foothills 4-H aims to reflect the agricultural traditions and can-do culture of Altadena, and therefore makes efforts to offer “do-it-yourself” topics like woodworking, gardening, sewing, as well as livestock topics like chickens, dairy goats and horses. We also welcome other topic ideas and are always looking for Project ideas and volunteers to lead them!

Do I need to have my own horse (goat, rabbit, chicken...) in order to join?

The 4-H of LA County is an urban 4-H. We realize that few people may have their own animals. Project Leaders arrange to provide meaningful, hands-on experiences with animals and the opportunity to learn about them, how to behave around them, and how to provide quality care. Altadena Foothills 4-H does not own any animals; animals belong to individuals or stables who generously share them with our members. If members choose to progress beyond the first year of an animal project (horse, goat, etc.) they may choose to acquire their own animal to enhance their learning experience. Some Showmanship Projects may require members to provide their own animal.

How can I support Altadena Foothills 4-H?

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.


How can I sign up?

Please see the Projects page to learn how to register a youth or adult member in 4-H and how to enroll in Projects. Unfortunately, the online system may not allow our club to indicate when a Project is at capacity. The state's online system might allow you to sign up even though there is actually no room in a particular Project. No money will be lost, as payment can only be made directly to the Club Leader. It is recommended that you contact to the Club Leader before initiating the online enrollment process.

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