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4-H Youth Development


The purpose of the 4-H Youth Development Program is to enable youth to develop knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and behaviors to be competent, caring adults.

4-H creates innovative programs to meet the evolving need of your county youth. 4-H involves youth in self-determined, “hands-on” learning activities such as workforce skills, citizenship, public speaking and other local areas. Youth use their own learning styles and participate at their own pace in a wide variety of projects and activities.

Youth ages 5-19 are involved in 4-H to develop relationships that inspire people to voluntarily help themselves and others as they interact with caring adult volunteers and peers.

4-H provides educational and fun opportunities for youth in five distinctive delivery modes. These include: Community 4-H Clubs, 4-H School Enrichment, 4-H Special Interest, Networking & Coalitions, & 4-H Camp. Local volunteer leaders partner with 4-H staff to provide direct leadership and educational support to young people throughout the county.

For more information on starting a 4-H Club in your area, please call the 4-H Office 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

A 4-H Facts newsletter is published throughout the year that describes the many educational events and opportunities available to volunteers and youth. View current and past issues here.


Come join 4-H at Enchanted Forest Water Safari on Thursday, August 1, 2019.  See for more information!


Click here to go to the New York State 4-H website

Click here to find out more about New York 4-H Shooting Sports


4-H is a community of young people across America who are
learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.


Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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