Highlights of past and ongoing projects.

4-H Career explorations

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 NYS 4-H Foundation financially supports Career Explorations that brings 400 youth and 200 volunteers from nearly every county in the state to connects 4-Her's to departments across the university. 

See project profile.

4-H Connecting youth to nature

The NYS 4-H Foundation, in partnership with National 4-H Council and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund allowed urban youth from NYC to come to upstate New York and experience 4-H camp for a week. See Project Profile.


The Junior Dairy Leader program is intended to reach youth between the ages of 16-19 who have an interest in exploring careers in the dairy industry through hands-on experimental learning. The program consists of a series of workshops that focus on multiple facets of the dairy industry, personal development and technical skills. This opportunity presents youth with a realistic view of the dairy industry as a viable, profitable and progressive business sector. The 4-H Foundation has helped to support this program by connecting with donors interested in the dairy industry. To learn more about their program, click here.



The 4-H Foundation has historically given $10,000 in scholarships annually to outstanding 4-H members throughout the state.

J. David ferris memorial 4-h golf open

This annual event is our major fundraiser for the Foundation. The golf tournament annually raises over $20,000 to go directly to 4-H programming throughout the state. Thank you to our 2015 sponsors, donors, volunteers and players! To find our more about our golf tournament and how to participate or become a sponsor, click here.