The Power of 4-H
Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H youth programs connect kids to the resources of Cornell University and the land-grant system, strengthening the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. Activities and events inspire and shape youth, give them opportunities to master skills, enrich their knowledge, and work with others who can positively influence them.
During the last year 16,889 volunteers and 112,914 youth from urban, suburban and rural communities across New York participated in 4-H experiences. 4-H programs are offered through school-based, after-school, camp settings, and community clubs. The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. Youth learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through more than 1,000 projects with topics as varied as rocketry, GPS mapping, energy, public speaking, photography, nutrition, and community service.
To become involved in 4-H, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office. An extension educator working with the 4-H Youth Development Program will be able to guide you and your child to 4-H opportunities in your area. There are 4-H clubs, afterschool activities, school enrichment projects, camps or events in every county for youth, ages 5 to 19.
Read more about the role that 4-H has played in developing thriving youth and familes:
4-H House of Stories - a visual testimony to the power of 4-H. Visit the 4-H House of Stories page on flickr.
Success Stories - stories and news from across the state - below...