Our Family & Youth Development program area supports the development of communities including individuals, organizations, and businesses using Cornell University research and the National Extension System and strengthens knowledge, skills and awareness in the areas of youth development, science and technology, health and parenting. We partner with different agencies and organizations to achieve successful outcomes.

Please contact us to learn more about our Family & Youth Development offerings and New York City 4-H programs.


Our 4-H programs engage New York City youth in projects and activities that build youth skills in engineering and math, literacy, nutrition & health, STEM, civic engagement and teen leadership.

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Connect youth to opportunities and trips that explore education & career options, service learning, internships, special events.

Build youth leadership skills, including public speaking, personal development, life skills, decision-making/problem-solving, self-management and citizenship.

Help youth learn by doing and involve them in fun hands-on activities and opportunities that encourage them to experiment, innovate and think independently.

pic1Take Cornell University to New York City youth by engaging them in projects and activities that build youth skills in engineering & math, nutrition & health, literacy, science & technology, teen leadership and civic engagement.

Provide training opportunities that promote positive youth development for club leaders, mentors, youth workers, volunteers and others in the fields of youth development & education.

Click here to learn more about 4-H Youth Development programs in New York City.




We offer many site-based, on-demand, fee-for-service and tailored training programs in your community. Contact us for more information about our Positive Youth Development trainings and workshops. 

11061296_619522498179051_5540979036094252841_oThe Positive Youth Development 101 curriculum offers an orientation to the youth development approach for professionals new to the field of youth work. Using this free curriculum trainers can provide professional development to new youth workers, supervisors and administrators, funders and community volunteers.

Our other youth development and parenting programs include the Talking with Kids about HIV / AIDS project and PASTA- NYC. Click here to learn more.




The ACT Youth Network ‐ NYC is a panel of young adult and teen consultants who meet monthly to provide youth perspectives on health‐related projects for the New York State Department of Health, the ACT Center of Excellence, and other organizations.

2014-07-17 14.33.26-1The ACT – or Assets Coming Together – for Youth Center of Excellence, was launched in 2000 with generous support from the New York State Department of Health.

It is a partnership among Cornell University Cooperative Extension – New York City, Cornell’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research – or BCTRthe New York State Center for School Safety, and the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The Center promotes positive youth outcomes and works to reduce risky sexual behavior among youth by: advancing the principles of positive youth development and supporting the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programming.


4-H Tech Wizards is one of our many science and STEM education programs providing opportunities to under-served youth.

Today, Tech Wizards connects under-served youth, grades 4-12, with professional mentors.  The mentors provide training in STEM subjects such as website development, video and podcast productions, GIS/GPS technologies and robotics.

Participants use these new skills to give back to their communities by creating a 15-hour technology-related service project.

Click here to learn more about the 4-H National Mentoring Program and the 4-H Tech Wizards Program in New York City.




Renowned Cornell scientist Philson A.A Warner has spent more than four decades inventing and developing cutting-edge technologies for the production of cleaner and safer foods.

He is the founding director of the Cornell Hydroponics, Aquaculture and Aquaponics Learning Labs in New York City.

Want to learn about sustainable food production, nutrition and science by working in a real lab? Click here to explore the Cornell Learning Labs.