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4-H Youth

About 4-H

4-H is a worldwide youth development program available in every state and over eighty countries. It is open to all youth aged 5-to-19, who want to have fun, learn new skills, and explore the world. In return, youth who participate in 4-H find a supportive environment and opportunities for hands-on or "experiential" learning about things that interest them. They also get what all young people need to succeed in life--the confidence, compassion and connections with caring adults to make contributions to their communities. The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development is to unleash the power of youth and adults through diverse opportunities that meet community needs.

4-H is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The 4-H community also includes 3,500 staff, 518,000 volunteers and 60 million alumni. 4-H'ers participate in fun, hands-on learning activities, supported by the latest research of land-grant universities, that are focused on three areas:

Mission Mandates

Citizenship - Civic engagement is the broadest mission mandate; it incorporates youth voice, leadership, respect, history, community youth development, SET, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Healthy Lifestyles - "Choose Health" is an initiative of the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program intended to help all of us confront and take action to change the statistics of childhood obesity. This link includes project resources, promotional materials, and more!

Science, Engineering and Technology- Kids who participate in science activities outside of the classroom are more likely to be comfortable with science. This link takes you to numerous 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects that give families science enrichment opportunities and connect kids to Cornell’s science outreach programs.

Learn More!

Find out more about the history of 4-H and what it can offer you by visiting the other pages on this site, then get in touch with a local 4-H staff person today! We're looking forward to welcoming you to 4-H in our county!


New to 4-H? Start Here!

Please fill out our 4-H Interest Form and we will contact you to match you with a club and/or program!

*Please Note: The matching process is based on your interests, how far you are able to travel, and club availability. Because of this, it can take some time to be matched with a club. We also have annually occurring programs that you can sign-up for regardless of whether or not you're enrolled in a club! Check out some of the options below.

Examples of our Annual 4-H Programs:

Interested in Volunteering?

GREAT! We are always looking for new club leaders and volunteers. If you're interested in getting involved or have any questions please contact Dena Altavilla, 4-H Youth & Development Program Director at dla25@cornell.edu

Click here for addtional information on volunteering in Putnam County.

Donations, Sponsorships, and Grants

4-H relies on donations, sponsorships, and grants to fund the program. If you'd like to support this program in one of these ways, please reach out to Dena Altavilla, 4-H Youth & Development Program Director at dla25@cornell.edu

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Dena Altavilla
4-H Youth & Family Development Program Director
845-278-6738 ext. 215

Last updated September 15, 2021