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Sacramento County 4-H All Star Program
Consider applying to join the Sacramento County 4-H All Star Team...
Are you are familiar with the star ranks you can earn for your 4-H hat? The bronze, silver, gold and platinum stars?
The platinum star is the highest rank you can earn at your club level. The All Star is what comes after the platinum star, and it is the highest rank you can earn at the county level.
Being a part of the countywide 4-H All Star Team is a working award, which means it comes with responsibility. It gives members a chance to represent 4-H within Sacramento County and also to other counties in our state. All Stars gain experience organizing events at the county and sectional levels. It is the highest rank a member can achieve at the county level and the responsibility that comes with it can provide a wide range of great opportunities, experiences, and memories.
A few of the responsibilities you will have as an All Star include hosting the County Record Book Judging event during summer, and planning our county 4-H Achievement Night in the fall. All Stars also facilitate the State Leadership Conference Orientation before the conference each summer. Speaking of SLC, All Stars must attend but their attendance is sponsored by the Sacramento County 4-H Leader's Council (which means the $500.00+ fee to go is paid for by the County 4-H!). All Stars also choose a 4-H Program or Management Committee to join within our county.
There are All Star meetings on a regular basis, and these are planned on days/time which are convenient for you.
Other responsibilities include developing and following through with goals appropriate for the All Star Team, one of which might be to organize some Hi 4-H events during the year.
These events and responsibilities may sound new and intimidating but you will be ready to tackle them. You’ve gotten really good at being a 4-H project member, and you’ve learned how to do things at the club level (you may even be getting tired of doing ‘the same thing’ year after year with your project and club work); now it’s time to move up to the county level. It’s time and you can do it!
It probably sounds overwhelming to read all these tasks at once, but remember these are things that will happen over a year’s time - and you’ll have the solid support of your All Star advisor along the way.
Members interested in applying must:
- be at least 15 years old by December 31, 2016;
- be currently enrolled in at least their third year of 4-H; and
- have already achieved their Gold Star rank.
To apply, please:
- print an All Star application packet or pick one up at the 4-H Office between January 10 and February 21
- find three people who will submit recommendation forms (ask these people soon, and have them email their recommendation directly to and be received by, the 4-H Office before 4:00pm on February 28); and finally
- deliver the completed application to the 4-H Office by 4:00pm, Tuesday, February 28.
Late application packets will not be accepted, and incomplete application packets will not be considered.
Applicants will then be interviewed by the selection panel (at the 4-H Office) on the afternoon of Sunday, March 5. Those who have demonstrated the ability to plan, organize and follow through, in addition to being a proven leader, will be selected as Sacramento County 4-H All Stars.
Please feel free to contact the All Star Advisor, Christina Wagner if you have questions – the easiest way is via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steps to Success in 4-H
Key aspects of the 4-H program have been standardized to help make the program consistent for every member regardless of which Club or County they participate in.
In order to receive a pin and stripe, each member must follow the guidelines under “Project Completion”. This includes being a member in good standing, attending a minimum of 6 hours of project instruction, and completing the Annual Project Report (APR). Primary members are not required to have project completion to receive the pin and stripe.
There are also special requirements to participate in the Sacramento County Fair as a 4-H member. Sacramento 4-H members will have to attend a minimum of 6 hours of project instruction and 5 community club meetings, prior to the fair registration deadline in April. Please communicate with your 4-H Club Leader if you have any questions or concerns about meeting those requirements. The Sacramento County Fair will also have rules and guidelines that must be followed. Visit the Sacramento County Fair website to review their competition handbooks.
4-H enrollment, complying with the 4-H member code of conduct, completing an Annual Project Report Form (APR) for your 4-H projects, and participating with your 4-H Community Club ensures success in 4-H. To find out more, view the Steps to Success and Steps to Success FAQs.
2015-16 Workforce Development Report
Read this recent report on two of Sacramento County's 4-H programs focused on science literacy and workforce readiness. The 4-H Youth Experiences in Science Project (YES), is a National Science Foundation funded program developed at UC Davis to engage and enthuse elementary school-aged students in science. 4-H On the Wild Side (OTWS), is a teen-planned and led environmental education experience. While these two projects advance science interest and competency in elementary school children, they exhibit especially powerful impacts on the teenagers who plan and lead the programs, increasing public speaking and leadership skills, building confidence and responsibility, and encouraging community involvement.
Cumulative Report of the Sacramento County 4-H Science Literacy Project at Golden Empire Elementary (2011-2014)
The goal of the 4-H Sustainable Communities Project is to prepare young people for successful futures, equipping them with the knowledge and skills for higher education, gainful employment, and contribution to their communities. Golden Empire Elementary School in Sacramento was one of three ethnically-diverse sites across California participating in the 3.5 year project whose core focus was developing positive science and environmental attitudes, interests and behaviors.
2014-15 Science Literacy Evaluation
2014-15 Program Evaluation
4-H On the Wild Side and Youth Experiences in Science
Sacramento County’s 4-H science literacy projects build skills and workforce readiness in teenagers and knowledge and science competency in elementary school-aged youth. Read this recent report featuring 4-H Youth Experiences in Science (YES) Project and 4-H On the Wild Side environmental education project.