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December 24, 2008 > Youth can learn leadership and life skills

Youth can learn leadership and life skills

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Evelyn McGarry

"As a loyal 4-H member, 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," that is the 4 "H" pledge that each member enrolled in the 4-H program takes.

4-H is a youth development program, originally based in agriculture, focusing on leadership, life skills and citizenship through various livestock and non-animal projects, committees, conferences, summer camps and leadership roles run by adult volunteers in partnership with youth ages 5 through 19. Join the club to enhance leadership abilities, develop life skills and promote citizenship and social responsibility.

Santa Clara County 4-H offers a broad range of programs and activities that meet the needs and interests of all local youth - urban, suburban, and rural. The 4-H youth can be junior or teen project leaders. They can also be club officers and summer camp staff. Projects usually meet once a month in addition to the club monthly meetings.

"Our club, Calaveras Hills 4-H, is fortunate to be one of the clubs to have a 4-H farm. Our farm is located in the Milpitas hills. We have dairy goats, sheep, pygmy goats, chickens & ducks and pigs during the 4H year," said Evelyn McGarry, Club leader for Calaveras Hills 4-H Club in Santa Clara County. "As a club leader I have watched 4-H children grow into confident and resolute young adults."

"Our 4-H youth are a great bunch of kids, who are committed to the program. These youth are our future leaders and professionals. 4-H is a wonderful program offering a wide variety of opportunities for all youth in Santa Clara County." said Mallory Curtis, Dairy Goat Project Leader.

"4-H provides city-dwelling youth the amazing opportunity to raise livestock," said Willie Chandler, project member.

"I like to be with the goats, seeing and petting them. My goats, Blondie, Muffin and Kerrigan," said Nate Chandler. If you are interested in learning more please visit

McGarry explained that there are strong ties to Milpitas. Storage City, Milpitas, donated storage space to Calaveras Hills 4-H Club for over 2 years. "Some of our club members reside in Milpitas. Our club farm is in Milpitas (we have a contract through the generosity of the Milpitas Unified School District). We have an ongoing relationship with the Milpitas Police Department, who keep an eye on our farm" said McGarry.

To go to 4-H summer camp children must be enrolled as a 4-H youth member in one of our Santa Clara County 4-H clubs.

For contact info related to the Calaveras Hills 4-H club contact Evelyn McGarry at (408) 839-2278. For general contact info related to Santa Clara County 4-H call (408) 282-3116.

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