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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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

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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CCE takes on #4HMaskTask
The NYS 4-H Mask Task centralizes those efforts and calls upon all New Yorkers to get involved in crafting cloth masks for our communities in need. 4-Hers, clubs, and volunteers across the CCE system can get involved, whether through sewing or...
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CCE Voices: Catskills Youth Climate Summit & Earth Day
Fifty years on, Earth Day is more relevant than ever as the impacts of climate change are felt across New York state and the rest of the country. The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for...
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CCE Broome County sparks youth’s emotional well-being
“Be the Spark” was created the CITIZEN U Teen Leaders in 2018 to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health and provide young people with a healthy outlet for social-emotional well-being. Faced with the Coronavirus pandemic and...
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