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. 

To see what programs are offered in your area, visit or contact a local office

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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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...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Food
  • Health + Nutrition
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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 Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) can get involved...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
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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...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Environment
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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...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
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Farm to school grows NY ag, sows seeds for healthy eating
Dave Walczak, operations manager of Eden Valley Growers, a farm cooperative founded in 1956, and Mike Wright, head grower for Amos Zittel & Sons, one of the co-op’s nine members, survey a crew of four farmhands. The workers are chopping stalks...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension