Sacramento 4-H
University of California
Sacramento 4-H

4-H Cooking Academy

What is 4-H Cooking Academy? The 4-H Cooking Academy Project is a cooking-based nutrition education program that teaches youth basic nutrition and cooking skills. The 4-H Cooking Academy aims to improve youth attitudes, knowledge and skills in food choices and preparation.   

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  • Youth prepare, cook, and try new foods in each lesson.
  • Each cooking lesson also includes a nutrition component.
  • Kitchens are not necessary. Electric skillets and griddles are used. 
  • Virtual content is available to lead this project without in-person meetings. 
  • Projects are led by youth teen leaders, with the support of of an adult coach. 
  • 4-H, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and CalFresh staff partnered to administer the project in Sacramento County. 

Can I volunteer for the 4-H Cooking Academy? We have volunteer openings for teens. Job descriptions and applications are found on the right.

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When is the next Cooking Academy Training? 

  • Saturday, September 9th, 2023 10AM-5PM

What is the time commitment as a Teen Teacher for 4-H Cooking Academy?

  • 2-3 hours per week for a semester  

What are some of the benefits of volunteering with the 4-H Cooking Academy?

  • Hands-on experience working with elementary school students
  • Opportunity to build leadership, decision making, and planning skills
  • Earn community service credit 
  • Meet new people and make new friends 
  • Meaningful opportunity to serve others 

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For additional questions about the 4-H Cooking Academy Program, please contact Macey Crist at or (916) 875-6913.

The Sacramento County 4-H Cooking Academy receives funding from the Walmart Foundation.

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