Inclusivity and Best Practices in 4-H Youth Development
New York State 4-H is dedicated to ensuring that 4-H youth, volunteers, and staff are representative of the diverse population of our state. Considering that Latino youth already compose 50% or more of the school-age population in many states, it is imperative that 4-H increase its capacity and understanding of this diverse population. National 4-H has established a National 4-H Hispanic Outreach committee to address this issue specifically and Cornell University Cooperative Extension New York City staff members Eduardo Gonzalez Jr., and Lucinda Randolph-Benjamin are both representing New York State on that committee
Although there are challenges, we embrace this initiative (which has also risen to the top of the agenda for 4-H nationally) as a growth opportunity for our program. It is clear that if 4-H is to continue its history of preparing youth to reach their full potential and contribute to our nation’s prosperity, the terms “welcoming,” “inclusive,” and “generous,” need to be a part of the 4-H brand. The importance of building system capacity, reaching the untapped urban, rural, and multicultural audiences with 4-H programming – and the opportunity it represents – cannot be overstated.
To assist this effort, the State 4-H Office is organizing a 2-day introductory training and strategy session in September 2015, for a cohort of ten to fifteen 4-H Educators from across the NYS CCE system. The details
of this unique professional development opportunity are still taking form but read here to learn more…
4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
What does Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) have to do with 4-H? More than you might think! Check out this page to learn about this mission mandate, access the NYS SET Toolkits, and find out why 4-H is committed to introducing youth to the wonders and inspiration of these three disciplines.
4-H Civic Engagement
Chances are ... if you're involved in 4-H, in other youth organizations, or school programs, you're already doing some type of community service. If you want to learn how to 'kick it up a notch' there's curriculum and resources to help.
4-H Healthy Living
Families today are busier than ever, with more work, school and afterschool activities and scheduling issues. Couple these things with more sedentary lifestyles and more access to quick, sometimes less healthy meal choices and you can easily see the reasons for today's childhood obesity statistics.
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