New York State Programs

In addition to the programs offered at the county level, the NYS 4-H office presents a number of programs for youth each year. 


State teen action reps (STARR) Retreat

The State Teen Action Representative Retreat (STARR) is a three-day, fun-filled event where 4-H teens participate in a variety of workshops and activities meant to challenge, excite and further develop life skills. The event is planned by teens and adults serving on the youth/adult STARR planning committee and is held at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. STARR is open to all NYS 4-H Teens. 


Career Explorations

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.   


NYS 4-H Communications Institute

Formerly known as the State Public Presentation Event, the first annual NYS 4-H Communications Institute will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) on the fourth floor of Mann Library at Cornell University.  Each district can send up to seven candidates for the event.

As part of the event, participants will receive both peer evaluations and an overall evaluation. With an emphasis on skill-building, youth will be encouraged to participate in the peer and group evaluation process as well as the three workshop tracks offered.  Additionally there are opportunities for youth to offer input on the peer evaluation process and overall event planning. 


4-h @ The GREAT New york state Fair

4-H at State Fair is synonymous with fun and excitement! For 13 days, youth from around New York are invited to attend Fair as representatives of their County Cooperative Extension and 4-H offices. 

New York State 4-H Youth Development is fortunate to have continued support from the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets and Cornell University for our strong presence at State Fair. Through our parntership, we are committed to an engaging experience for families. We highlight the best of 4-H, positive youth development, and New York itself through a focus on: agriculture and animal care; public presentations; renewable energy; health and fitness; robotics; teen leadership; and more.