About Us

Redwood 4-H

4-H is not only about raising animals, it's also a great way for kids to learn leadership, teamwork, public speaking, community service, make friends and have fun. We are a 4-H Club based in Castro Valley, established in the early 1970s run by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Redwood 4-H strives to uphold the CA 4-H core values to create future leaders with a focus on teaching leadership, communication skills and promoting healthy living. We offer several projects led by teen leaders and screened parent volunteers, catering to youth with all kinds of skills and interests. It's a fun way to explore different interests, learn new skills and submit projects to the County Fair.

What Kids Love About 4-H

  • Fun Projects

  • Snacks and Games at meetings

  • Holiday Potluck & Auction

  • Skate Night and County events

  • Making Friends

  • Community Service

  • Sleep-Away Camp

  • Participating in Alameda County Fair

  • Conferences (county, state, national)

  • Home Exchange Opportunities

  • End of the Year Party

What Parents Love About 4-H

  • All Kids are Welcome!

  • Affordable extracurricular activity

  • Youth learn public speaking and presentation skills

  • Volunteering

  • Good role-models

  • Watching their children grow

  • Many leadership opportunities for both youth and parents

Community Club Meetings

The monthly meeting is for youth and adults to learn about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved with 4-H. Elected youth officers run the meetings, learning valuable parliamentary procedures, organization and leadership skills. The meetings have an agenda of Business, Program, Service Project, Recreation and Refreshment that the youth officers decide on at their Officer Meetings. Announcements are made, presentations are given, various information is discussed, snacks are eaten and fun is had. From there, members have the opportunity to sign up for “projects”. Projects are smaller groups of 4-Hers who learn, get hands-on experience, and make accomplishments that surround the project’s topic. We meet on the second Thursday of the Month, Sept - May from 7-8pm with an end of the year party in June.

4-H Motto

To Make the Best Better

Head, Heart, Hands and Health

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4‑H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

4‑H Pledge

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.

Promesa 4‑H

Prometo usar mi mente para pensar con más claridad,

mi corazón para ser más leal,

mis manos para ser más servicial,

mi salud para cuidarme más,

por mi club, mi comunidad, mi país y mi mundo.

Defining our Mission

Head to Clearer Thinking

4-H is a place where leaders are grown. From the stage in front of fans, to debates on the Senate floor, 4-H Youth are prepared to keep a clear head, to think through the situation or problem, and lead the solution.

Heart to Greater Loyalty

We teach our youth to be kind and compassionate. We teach our youth to learn to put others before themselves and to be loyal to each other. We teach them the values of a kind and compassionate leader.

Hands to Larger Service

4-H Youth work to serve their community. Some alumni have even served their communities as leaders in Congress and as President. Youth are taught to value community service as an opportunity to give back to the community that supports them.

Health to a Better Living

4-H Youth are taught to be healthy. A healthy leader is a stronger leader. Youth are taught how to manage stress and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.