4-H Career explorations

Project Timing: June, annually
Funder: Multiple
Area: Statewide, held in Ithaca

Career Explorations is a three-day event for 4-H youth on the Cornell University campus. This program provides youth with exposure to academic fields and career exploration through different departments across the university. The workshops help to develop leadership skills, provide hands-on experience in a college setting and to introduce youth to Cornell University.   The event is made up of two grade specific tracts: University U for youth entering grades 8 - 9 and Focus for Teens for youth entering grades 10-12. 

The NYS 4-H Foundation financially supports Career Explorations that brought 400 youth and 200 volunteers from nearly every county in the state to Cornell. This program connects 4-Her's to departments across many colleges at the university including engineering, animal science, astronomy, environmental science, food science, nanotechnology and human development. The Foundation's money goes towards scholarship to help students in need attend.

Through these resources, we want to spark youth interest in careers and career pathways while helping them develop academic, leadership and life skills.
— Alexa Maille, New York State 4-H STEM specialist

With Cornell’s campus as a launch pad, the event is fueled by the sharing of research tools and expertise facilitated by the Colleges of Human Ecology, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering and the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. 


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