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 Communication Institute

Formerly known as the State Public Presentation Event, the annual NYS 4-H Communication Institute takes place each June at Cornell University.  Youth attend workshops and communication-related sessions and have opportunities to give their public presentations and receive peer/mentor evaluations.

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International Exchange

New York State 4-H has a long standing relationship with States’ 4-H Interational Exchange. Currently the program is overseen by the State 4-H Office. The State 4-H office works with counties to recruit and screen families to host a Japanese delegate for a period of 4 weeks during the summer, usually from Mid July thru Mid August. Every year New York requests a certain number of delegates to host and works to find Host families for those delegates within the 4-H population. Families may participate in any number of 4-H programs at any level to be eligible to host a delegate. Delegates range in age from 12-18 (most are 12-14)


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.