4-H Youth Development

4H CloverMission:

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. – 4:00 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.


See the New York State 4-H website here.


See more at:

4-H Animal Science

4-H Club Information

4-H Facts Newsletter

Fair and Show Resources

Youth Projects for 4-H and Families

Youth Scholarship Opportunities


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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