4-HTeenLeaderProgramPicCornell University Cooperative Extension – New York City provides 4-H is sponsoring two teen leadership opportunities. The 4-H Youth Leadership Academy, High School 4-H clubs and the New York Life Teen Leadership Series provides teens grades 9-12 with a set of marketable skills that position them to take the lead in life.

Youth are engaged in activities that teach leadership principles, establish a sense of personal identity and respect for differences, apply proactive principles to address community issues and prepare for their futures.

Youth participation in local, state and national 4-H activities and events connect Youth Leadership Academy members to a greater network of 4-H youth as well as create opportunities to showcase talents, skills and youth voice.

The components of the Youth Leadership Academy are as follows:


LEADERSHIP & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Students learn the habits of leadership and discover a sense of self & respect for others.

COLLEGE & CAREER PREPARATION: Cornell University students serve as mentors assisting Youth Leadership Academy members with college admissions and career planning. Planned excursions to campus help students explore careers and experience college life.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & YOUTH COMMUNITY ACTION: Youth Leadership Academy members become engaged citizens in their communities. Students are involved in projects designed to identify and address issues of public concern & gain service credit.


Youth Leadership Academy partners with youth service organizations such as schools, agencies and churches to provide;

4-hcolorProfessional development for youth workers via Cornell’s Advancing Youth Development trainings;

Support and create new after-school programs, and strengthen existing leadership programs.

Create youth adult partnerships opportunities. Adults and youth get involved in youth community action projects and work together to solve community problems.

Click here to learn more about our Teen Leadership Programs and to access the 4-H Teen Program Application.

Click here to learn more about 4-H Youth Development.