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 June 2-3, 2018 at Cornell University.   


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.