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About 4-H

In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

4‑H is a Community

4‑H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids experience 4‑H in every county and parish in the country—through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4‑H camps.

4-H Events and Programs

Find out about county, regional, state, and national programs in our 4-H Calendar of Events and Programs:

PDF 4-H Calendar of Events 

2020 NYS 4-H Showcase

Due to COVID-19, NYS 4-H youth were unable to exhibit their project work at fairs as they normally would. So this year, the NYS 4-H Program offered the opportunity for recognition in digital format. For each day of what would have been The Great New York State Fair, the NYS 4-H Program will be featuring submissions from different project areas. Youth were asked to submit a photo and answer a few questions about their project experience. Please enjoy these highlights of their great efforts, and look for Rockland County project work under 'Special and Unique' and 'Arts & Crafts'! View the Slideshows Here

4-H Bi-Weekly Updates

Stay up-to-date with our weekly email updates! Contact Kristin at klf37@cornell.edu to join the listserv. 

Last updated August 28, 2020