Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 27, 2018

The 4H Youth Development Program is sponsored by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources ( 4H focuses on helping youth to reach their potential in citizenship, leadership and life skills, and giving back to their communities, supported by adult volunteers. Boys and girls from ages 9-19 can join, and in some areas they can join as early as age 5. The ratio of youth to adult volunteers is 6:1.

Dee Keese reviewed the Palos Verdes Peninsula 4H Club programs. Young people can make friends and share interests in virtually any subject, now in  37 local projects including computers, automotive, etc. Girls as well as boys are now members. She has a variety of animals in her backyard, including llamas and pigs, providing unique experiences for local children..

The leaders are volunteers. Volunteering is a good opportunity for older people to teach their skills to children. Many retired people have important experiences to pass on to the younger generation. If a child has an interest in any activity, the Club tries to organize a project for that interest if there are enough for a small group. In addition to building positive relationships with each other and with adults, the children gain experience at a young age in volunteering service. Local donation and volunteering information is available at, or call Dee Keese at 310-377-9773.