New York 4-H empowers nearly 170,000 young people across the state with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
As the youth component of Cooperative Extension, 4-H connects young people to Cornell. In addition to its well-known clubs, 4-H also offers in-school and after-school programs, special interest groups, independent memberships, camps, and special events.
4-H has four core content areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math); healthy living; civic engagement; and food systems/sustainable agriculture. Program activities and materials are developed by campus-based experts in related fields, who also provide continuing support to professional staff and volunteers. Hands-on, inquiry-based learning is central to 4-H. Participants learn to take leadership, work in groups, plan, and communicate.
4-H’er John Gabalski shadowing NBC News anchor Craig Melvin at MSNBC studios, NYC (photo: Jason DeCrow/AP Images for National 4-H Council)
Cornell student teaching 4-H kids (photo: Mark Vorreuter)
Cornell undergrad assisting in a research project at a 4-H summer camp (photo: Mark Vorreuter)
High school students in a video production class during 4-H Career Explorations at Cornell (photo: Robert Barker)
Learning about wearable technology on 4-H National Youth Science Day (photo: Robert Barker)
4-H high school students on campus for the Summer College Program (photo: Lindsay France)