Dear 4-H Youth, Families, and Volunteers,
As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a time of many unknowns, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County has experienced major funding cuts along with future funding remaining uncertain. This past week, difficult decisions were made and unfortunately a reduction in staff was necessary.
I recognize and value all the special relationships our 4-H program has brought to youth and families throughout Orange County. It is my hope that we will continue to represent our mission to provide hands-on learning opportunities that help and empower youth to grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. However, with the reduction in staff, the 4-H program offerings will be changing slightly. You will receive information within the next few weeks about our new enrollment options, 4-H programs, and upcoming opportunities. Additionally, within the next few weeks, you will be receiving updated New York State 4-H in-person and virtual meeting guidelines which will include information about our upcoming volunteer training opportunities.
The remaining Orange County 4-H staff and I are committed to providing excellent, enriched youth programs reflecting the principles of positive youth development and experiential learning while maintaining the integrity of the 4-H mission, vision, and values.
I want to thank you for all your support during this extremely stressful time. Your kind and encouraging words have made it that much easier as we navigate this season of change together. I look forward to the continued work of creating opportunities for youth to have a voice, develop life skills, and encourage family involvement as we continue to serve our community.
Malinda Ware, Orange County 4-H Issue
What is 4-H?
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is an informal education program for families where children gain life skills, and parents become the best partners in their child’s education to ensure success in life. Youth are provided opportunities to gain self-awareness about personal health and well-being and the need to create and support healthy environments.
Club Program Offerings
Youth members and adult leaders have many opportunities to participate in programming on several levels. They are; Club – County – District – Regional and State. Clubs can choose from over 85 projects and activities including:
What are the benefits?
Research shows that youth involved in 4-H clubs are more likely to be educationally motivated, have more confidenceand communicate better than their peers. These youth also gain a positive sense of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity.
How do I get involved? What happens next?
The 4-H Staff Representative for your community will help you to form a 4-H club consisting of children and parents or guardians that will;
Did you know?
Our mottos are; “To make the best better” and “Learning by doing”. Our educational mission areas for youth are; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Healthy Lifestyles and, Citizenship.
We are not just about cows and cooking! We still do that, but we are so much more! For more information, go to 4-H FAQs
Last updated September 25, 2020