Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) fosters youth empowerment from Buffalo to New York City and nearly every community in between. CCE educators provide 4-H programming and experiences to over 300,000 children and teens each year. CCE also supports stronger futures for NY families through hands-on parenting workshops, peer support groups, respite events, inter-generational activities, and a deep well of science-based resources. 

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Featured programs

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4-H is a national organization of associated youth programs and clubs with a broad mission to support kids as they work toward their greatest potential.

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New York is also home to a unique and robust 4-H Camp Program. Nine independently operated resident camps and six-day camps host over 10,000 youth each summer. Each camp offers a unique environment and experience.

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Through the Strengthening Families Program, educators support families in preventing teen substance abuse and behavioral problems by facilitating interactive learning activities for the whole family.

Stories

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News

CCE helps Buffalo get school food truck rolling
With a splashy paint scheme designed by a local artist, the “Farm to School to You” food truck – developed with input from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) – will visit sites throughout the city to bring free meals to families in need...
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  • Food
  • Health + Nutrition

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Summer interns discuss storytelling project in CCE podcast

When the pandemic nixed the in-person component of their 4-H Rural Storytelling Project internship, Madison Albano ‘21, Wendy Ying Lau ’21 and Seth Bollinger ’21 put together a virtual program for kids across three New York state counties...

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  • Communication
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Bridging divides with the 4-H Rural Storytelling Project
Each year the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Summer Internship Program invites dozens of students from across Cornell to engage with CCE staff on a broad variety of applied projects. This summer, three interns worked with 4-H program...
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Reflections on an unconventional 4-H camp season
This summer 4-H camp leaders across New York State found themselves with a difficult task: preserve the camp spirit while following COVID-19 health and safety requirements. They rose to the task with unusual, engaging, fun and creative projects...
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Field Note

4-H Camp Beechwood keeps kids connected during social distancing
4-H Camp Beechwood, nestled along the Maxwell Creek and the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario at Beechwood State Park, is a weeklong day camp for youth ages 5–12. The camp provides a safe and inclusive environment that fosters a lifelong love...
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