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National 4-H Week

New York State Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 1-7

Ithaca, New York, (September 29, 2017 — For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. New York State 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our communities who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

Through social media and our website NYS 4-H will be sharing stories and events about 4-H'ers across our state.

“In 4-H, we are developing leadership skills in youth and helping them take responsibility for where the future is going” said Dr. Alan Mathios, Dean of the school of Human Ecology, Cornell University. 

Recently, the New York State 4-H Office has launched some new and bold initiatives in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion in order to further ensure that all youth that participate in 4-H are able to do so in a safe and inclusive environment. As part of that work members of first state-wide Diversity and Inclusion cohort hosted a national webinar on the development and launch of the official Safe Space Logo, what it meant and how to utilize it in Positive Youth Development work.

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in Science,Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in their free time.

In New York, more than 180,000 4-H youth and volunteers from around the state are involved in 4-H.

One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is 4-H National Youth Science Day, which sees hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part in the world’s largest youth-led science challenge. The center of this event will be held in New York City. The exciting theme for this year’s challenge is Incredible Wearables. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, youth will use the engineering design process to build a prototype wearable technology that will gather data to help solve a real-world problem. Wearable technologies are now used in industries around the globe, from education and sport, to health, fashion, entertainment, transportation and communication. To learn more about National Youth Science Day, please visit

About 4-H:

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Learn more about 4-H in New York at, find us on Facebook and on Twitter.


Contact: Jennifer Bassman, Communications & Events Administrator

Earlier Event: August 23
4-H @ The Great New York State Fair
Later Event: October 4
National Youth Science Day