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For over 90 years, the New York State 4-H Office has hosted the annual Career Explorations Conference on the Cornell Campus. Nearly 500 4-H youth and chaperones attend the action-packed, three-day event to immerse themselves in exploring their future education, career opportunities, and to experience Cornell University and campus life!  Cornell faculty and graduate students conduct engaged-learning workshops in two age-specific tracks: 
1)    Focus for Teens programs for youth entering grades 10-12
2)    University U programs for youth entering grades 8-9
Over 20 programs are offered to help youth understand what a particular career field entails, what type of education they would need to pursue, and to learn from the experiences of the Program Facilitators.

Videos and stories:

About the 2020 Event

  • Conference Date: Tuesday, June 30 - Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Location: Cornell University

  • Participant Arrival: 10 AM – 12:00 PM on Tuesday

  • Departure: 2:30 PM on Thursday

  • Cost: TBD per person Please note: transportation to and from the event is at the participant’s own expense. Some CCE Associations charge additional fees to cover these transportation & chaperone expenses.

  • Registration: Opens April 1, closes June 1, 2020

  • 2019 Closing Video

For Campus Partners and Program Facilitators

Connecting Kids to Cornell and Careers - Connecting Kids to You!

We are looking for campus partners to join us in this summer's Career Explorations Conference. We hope you will join us! Here is more information on how to get involved.

Preparing for the 2020 Conference:

Planning a Program

Resources from the 2019 Facilitation Workshop

Questions? Email Alexa

Conference Planning Team

The Career Explorations Conference Planning Team includes 4-H Educators and Focus Assistant youth leaders from across NY. 

Team Roles and Responsibilities, including adult and youth roles

Educator Opportunities

We’re looking for Educators interested in joining the Career Explorations Planning Team! Available roles include:
Focus Assistant Advisors
Chaperone Advisors
Evaluation Team Members
University U Group Leaders (9 people)

If you are interested in joining, please email Alexa. Thank you!

Teen Leadership Opportunities

Focus Assistant teen leaders will help plan, implement, and evaluate the success of the 4-H Career Explorations Conference. Teens should be at least 16 years old and have participated in Career Explorations in the past. The Conference Planning Team anticipates selecting 30 Focus Assistants. We are in the midst of recruiting Focus and UU Programs right now. Focus Assistants will be matched to Focus programs and UU groups after this recruitment process is complete. Focus Assistant Advisors will chaperone FAs during the Conference.

  • Focus Assistant Job Description

  • Career Exploration Teen Leader Online Application and questions (pdf to help youth prepare to submit their application).

For 4-H Educators

Registering participants:

  • Registration Information

  • Online Registration Form (Cornell netid required) - CCE Educators, please use this link to register all your youth and adult participants.

    • Registration for Focus Programs is first-come, first-serve. Some programs fill up fast.

    • CCE Educators can register participants starting April 1, 2019.

    • Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2019.

    • Registration closes June 1, 2019.

    • Note: we recognize the timing of this year’s conference may be challenging for youth. If you have youth who will be arriving later on Tuesday, please make note of this on their registration form or email Alexa so we can make arrangements for them to participate as fully as possible. Thank you!

  • Code of Conduct and Permission Slip - CCE Educators, please upload to 4-H Online.

  • Promotion: pdf flyer or graphic flyer

Parking Request Form - due June 13, 2019

  • Educators, please fill this form out to request parking passes for all vehicles in your Career Explorations group. Vehicles with CCE official plates do not need parking passes.

  • We’ll be parking in the A Lot this year using Park Mobile, A Lot is about 100 yards North of RPPC (where check in is.).

  • Let Adam Davis know if you have questions.

Please note: there will be a 4-H Career Explorations 2020.

For Youth and Adult Attendees

Registration Packet:

  • Program Facts - registration information and program descriptions. Available in English and Spanish.

  • Registration Form for families - (printable). Use this to prepare your registration information. Available in English and Spanish. Youth and families should register through their local CCE 4-H office (look here to find yours!).

    • Registration for Focus Programs is first-come, first-serve. Some programs fill up fast.

    • CCE Educators can register participants starting April 1, 2019.

    • Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2019.

    • Registration closes June 1, 2019.

  • Code of Conduct - English and Spanish Youth and adult volunteers should sign this. CCE Educators, please upload to 4-H Online.

  • Permission Slip - English and Spanish Everyone (youth and adults) should fill this out. CCE Educators, please upload to 4-H Online.

Preparing to Attend:

About the 2018 Event

Resources to Explore Careers


Possible Selves Tree Activity - Possible selves are ideas about what you might become in the future. They have to do with what you can be, what you would like to be, and what you are afraid of becoming. Exploring possible selves can help you learn about yourself and explore pathways to making your hopes reality.

Career Clusters Student Interest Survey - self-assessment from Advance CTE

Target Your Interests - self-assessment from NY Career Zone

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills- provides information to youth on how to exhibit the soft skills employers are looking for. Sponsored by the US Department of Labor.

Websites to Explore

Cornell Animal Careers site - explore the wide variety of animal-related careers.

New York State Career Zone- provides interactive help in creating a resume, cover letter, and determining careers that best fit your skills.

Occupational Outlook Handbook- provides a wealth of knowledge about different careers. Sponsored by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Provides information on average salaries, future job demand, education needed, work locations, personal qualities, similar occupations, and contacts for more information.

STEM Jobs - Resources for youth exploring careers in STEM

STEM Jobs in NYS - Fact sheets on STEM job prospects for the state and by region

Discover E - Resources to explore careers in engineering

Advance CTE - Career and Technical Education resources

New York Department of Labor- provides valuable resources for youth who want to become employed in NY. Explains youth protection and labor laws in easy-to-understand terms.

My Next Move - US Department of Labor career pathway website

College Board- interactive search for different colleges. Provides tips on applying, financing your education, choosing majors/careers, and taking standardized tests.

Career One Stop- provides search results for careers, salaries, education, and resumes/interviews. Sponsored by the US Department of Labor.

Youth Rules! Preparing the 21st Century Workforce - US DOL website provides labor laws for your state, youth worker tool kit, summer jobs, and everything you would need to know in order to work as a young person.


Cornell University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events.
Please contact Alexa to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.