“4-H is the
nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban
neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards, and rural farming communities stand out
among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide
change at an early age.”
uniquely equipped to deliver high-quality positive youth development. As the youth development program of the
nation’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H
produces research-driven programming with proven results.”
University is the land-grant university in New York. 4-H is the youth component of Cornell
New York State 4-H programs offer youth hands-on learning
activities in three mission mandate areas:
- 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
- 4-H Civic Engagement
- 4-H Healthy Living
Project curriculum and resources are
available to you in these project areas as well as others. Work through the county 4-H office to locate
appropriate, high-quality resources.
youth regardless of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, disability,
sexual orientation, or marital status may join 4-H.
New York State, 4-H membership is limited to children enrolled in kindergarten
through youth age 19. Kindergarteners must turn 5 by January 1 of the current
4-H year and teenagers may not enroll or re-enroll if they will turn 19 before
January 1st of the new club year (October 1 to September 30).
membership - When
circumstances prevent a child from joining a 4-H club, that child may
participate in the 4-H Club Program by enrolling as an independent member. Independent members work on projects of their
choice at their own pace with parental or other adult assistance. They
are encouraged to participate in county activities.
NYS 4-H Guiding Principles Document
Last updated May 14, 2020