New york state 4-H Youth Development

 Mission, Vision & Values


4-H connects youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society.


A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change


  • 4-H reflects the principles of positive youth development, experiential learning and the importance of having fun.
  • 4-H encourages family involvement and support by connecting families to their communities and to one another.
  • 4-H promotes the development of skills that help young people succeed in higher education, their chosen career path and as members of their families and communities.
  • 4-H is committed to achieving a community of staff, volunteers and program participants that reflects the diversity of New York State.
  • 4-H creates opportunities for youth to have a voice in the development and evaluation of the program at the local, state and national level.
  • 4-H experiences reflect local needs and culture while also preparing youth for success in a rapidly changing world.
  • 4-H makes science come alive by connecting youth to Cornell University and the research-based resources of the land grant college system.


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Within New York State 4-H, we prioritize creating a safe, inclusive space for learning, sharing, and collaboration. This space is welcoming to people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. 

Diversity includes, but is not limited to: race, color, religion, political beliefs, national or ethnic origin, immigration status, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, transgender status, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, educational level, learning style, socio-economic status, physical appearance, body size, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 

The NYS 4-H Safe Space logo is a sign of our commitment to nurturing this safe environment for all participants in NYS 4-H programs. You may see it throughout the fair and around the state at many different 4-H programs. 

If you want to learn more about creating safe and inclusive spaces for youth, we would encourage you to speak with our 4-H advisors, extension educators or state staff members who will be happy to direct you to further resources.