4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation. If your child is between the ages of 5-19, they can join 4-H! Kids in 4-H have many opportunities to pursue their interests, to learn and develop life skills like leadership, teamwork, goal setting and communication, and to have fun and engage in the community. The 4 H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health and they are embodied in the 4-H Pledge that is recited at the beginning of each community club meeting:
I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
For a 90-second intro to 4-H, you can watch this video that one of our members made: All About 4-H.
Emeryville 4-H was started in January 2015. We’ve had about 45-50 members each year and love to welcome new ones. Our Community Club meetings take place once a month, usually on the 2nd or 3rd Monday of the month. They are held from 5:15-7:00 at a school in Emeryville called Escuela Bilingüe International (4550 San Pablo Avenue) that has graciously supported our club from its beginnings. These meetings are run by our Youth Officers, with support and guidance from adult volunteers. At these meetings, we go over club business, hear project reports, announce county events, do fun activities and hear from our monthly “Cool Person from Our Community” speaker.
In addition to the Community Club meeting, your child would join 1 or more projects for the year. The number of project meetings and frequency vary depending on the project.
Finally, there are a wealth of events at the county, state and national level in which your child can participate.
We’d love for you to be part of our club. At one of our meetings, our “Cool Person” for the month, a teacher, led the kids in a discussion of inclusion. They listed the following as who we’d like to welcome in our Emeryville 4-H community:
Emeryville 4-H welcomes:
all economic statuses
all family structures
the rest of our community
diverse ranges of people
different personal choices
Come check us out! For specific questions about Emeryville 4-H, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.