4-H Youth Development creates opportunities for youth to develop skills, practical knowledge, and wisdom through observing, doing, and reflecting on experiences. We call this “learning by doing” – a learning model that has been active and successful for over 100 years. 4-H is the youth development program of Cornell Cooperative Extension – Broome County, linking resources of Cornell University to young people. We create supportive learning environments in which diverse youth and adults reach their fullest potential as capable, competent, and caring citizens.

The four H’s (head, heart, hands and health) represent four basic human needs: independence, belonging, generosity, and mastery. Research indicates that youth whose basic needs are met in positive ways are likely to grow into active citizens and contributing members of their families and communities. The needs of all youth can be met with these diverse topics, strategies, and methods, because at the heart of the program, are four key concepts which have been proven to develop six powerful outcomes.

Broome County 4-H Handbook

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Linnea Mattson
4-H Program Leader

Last updated April 1, 2022