The Youth Program develops and implements a variety of textile-related programs for youth, K-12. The programs emphasize skill building, science exploration, and community service. They are used by 4-H members, school-age childcare programs, scouts, schools, science centers, and other youth agencies. Educational materials are supported with training for adult and teen leaders.
The Urban Outreach program is a multi-faceted youth development program under the 4-H umbrella that uses a variety of delivery modes to reach out to as many families as possible in the City of Ithaca, and surrounding towns. The mission is to take the 4-H youth development model and make it accessible to underserved audiences, particularly families who may lack the resources necessary to participate in traditional 4-H programming. Funded through Ithaca Youth Services and Abbott Associates, this soft-funded program offers daily afterschool enrichment programs, summer camps, and special interest outreach clubs.
4-H helps kids to do better in school, learn to help others, feel more capable and responsible. In settings like clubs, camps, after-school programs, and trips, the 4-H Youth Development program helps diverse youth and adults reach their fullest potential. Members have opportunities to connect to Cornell University, learn through hands-on activities, lead, be inspired, inspire others, and...so much more.
Support provided by the College of Human Ecology, Cornell University and Smith Lever funds from the Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations
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