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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!

Cornell Cooperative Extension receives support from federal, state, and county governments and has offices that reach the state’s 57 counties plus New York City. Educators in these offices work with faculty and staff to carry out Cornell’s mission as New York State’s land grant university to share its knowledge with the people of the state. The NYS 4-H Program is located in The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University; which demonstrates a commitment to grounding 4-H firmly in research, not only about the content of programs but also about youth development and program implementation.

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 Dena Altavilla, 4-H Youth Development Program director, today!  We're looking forward to welcoming you to 4-H in our county!


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

Last updated February 19, 2020