Putnam County Youth Forum
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Putnam County Youth Forum

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Youth Achievement Day
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2017 4-H Youth Achievement Day

Activities and Events

Putnam County 4-H 2018-2019 Schedule of Events

4-H Capital Days: This annual event in March gives youth an opportunity to meet and interact with legislators and tell their 4-H story, create an awareness of career opportunities in New York State Government, better understand state government, and network with delegates from other counties. Delegates are chosen by their county 4-H program. Open to enrolled 4-H members.

4-H Career Explorations is a three-day event for youth on the Cornell University campus. The purpose of this program is to provide youth with exposure to academic fields and career exploration, to develop leadership skills, to provide hands-on experience in a college setting and to introduce you to Cornell University. The event is made up of two grade specific tracts: University U for youth entering grades 8 - 9 and Focus for Teens for youth entering grades 10-12. Open to enrolled 4-H members.

4-H FISHING CLINIC - (ages 7-14) Offered annually in June. FREE & open to the public. Advance registration required. Enrollment in 4-H not required. No walk-ins.

4-H PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS - helps youth develop skills and confidence in organizing, preparing, and presenting a demonstration, speech, or dramatic interpretation. A 4-H project serves as the source of subject matter for a presentation. 4-H Public Presentations begin in March with county events. Youth give their presentations before a team of evaluators and an audience of peers. Selected traditional 4-H’ers go on to a regional event. From the regional event 4-H’ers age 13-19 may be chosen to participate in the state-wide public speaking event held at the New York State Fair. Open to enrolled 4-H members.

March Dog Madness - (Annually) is an annual conference for adult and teenage 4-H volunteer leaders. Workshops engage participants in science based information training. Current animal health, animal behavior, industry trends and youth development issues are addressed. Since 2002, guest presenters have included stakeholders, extension professionals, community and youth experts. Typically held the first Saturday in March at Morrison Hall, Cornell University.

PUTNAM COUNTY 4-H FAIR - (Annually, the last full weekend in July) The County Fair provides 4-H’ers with the opportunity to display project work, and demonstrate skills learned through project work. Exhibits show individual growth and accomplishment, provide social interaction and responsibility and encourage 4-H teamwork and family cooperation. Volunteers, ages 12+, are also needed during the Fair to sell refreshments (cotton candy, popcorn, hotdogs, ice cream), run games, help with arts & crafts and do face painting. 

The objectives of 4-H members participating in the NYS Fair are as follows:

  • to help youth learn standards of quality of project work
  • to provide an additional opportunity of recognition of 4-H youth
  • to promote an understanding of the 4-H Program by the public through the showcase of youth in action, as well as exhibits of their project work
  • to provide teens with experiences for social interaction and development
  •  to provide teens with a variety of activities that aid in the development of leadership skills responsibilities
  • Teens can apply to be on the State Fair Teen Team
  • Open to enrolled 4-H members only

PUTNAM COUNTY YOUTH FORUM (January through April; bi-weekly meetings) This day long event is organized by & designed for Putnam County High School students. The planning committee decide what topics will be offered, who will facilitate workshops, the time frame of each class, and what core information the students want discussed. The forum is attended by the student body from Brewster, Carmel, Haldane, Mahopac and Putnam Valley High Schools. This event is co-sponsored by the Putnam County Youth Bureau and CCE of Putnam County's 4-H Youth Development program with support from the area high schools. Open to enrolled 4-H members.

The State Teen Action Representative Retreat (STARR) is a three-day, fun-filled event in April where 4-H teens participate in a variety of workshops and activities meant to challenge, excite and further develop life skills. The event is planned by teens and adults serving on the youth/adult STARR planning committee.
Location: New York State Fairgrounds- Syracuse, NY.


Dena Altavilla
4-H Youth & Family Development Program Director

Last updated January 9, 2019