Generally, youth register for one or more 4-H Project Proficiencies.
A 4-H club must be chartered by 4-H National Headquarters at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State 4-H office in order to be recognized as part of 4-H, and to be authorized to use the 4-H Name and Emblem. The 4-H charter also authorizes the following privileges inclusion as a tax-exempt unit under the University of California's 501(c)3 non-profit status and the authority to raise, allocate, and disburse funds in support of local 4-H programs, projects, and groups.
Sonoma County 4-H Clubs
We have three types of 4-H Clubs in Sonoma County.
- 4-H Community Clubs: Organized in local communities and are open to all youth and families. They provide opportunities for youth to learn valuable skills with lifelong benefits and contribute to their communities through “hands-on” 4-H Project Proficiencies guided by appointed 4-H adult volunteers. 4-H community clubs are a safe place where youth can learn record keeping, practice decision making and participate in diverse educational activities related to club projects and governance.
- 4-H Afterschool Clubs: Organized in afterschool settings or existing programs that serve youth in a specific school, program or setting and are administered by U.C. Cooperative Extension staff as part of our 4-H Outreach. They provide opportunities for youth to learn valuable skills with lifelong benefits and contribute to their communities through “hands-on” project-based learning. 4-H afterschool clubs are a safe place led by caring adult volunteers.
- 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs: Organized in local communities and are open to all youth and families. 4-H SPIN clubs engage youth in experiential exploration of a topic of interest. They focus on specific content and offer youth the opportunity for mastery and decision-making in an environment that fosters belonging. The level of mastery is dependent on the developmental ability of the youth. 4-H SPIN clubs are a safe place led by caring adult volunteers that are content experts. 4-H SPIN clubs appeal to the special interests of youth and adults and allows youth to investigate topics that may not be offered by 4-H projects in other club models.