Making the Best Better
* 4-H is a unique, informal education program
* 4-H develops life skills that assist in becoming responsible adults.
* 4-H is one of the largest youth programs in the world and is the largest out-of-school youth organization in the United States with over 6 million youth members
* 4-H is all about learning by doing
* 4-H is delivered by Cornell University Cooperative Extension
The four H's (head, heart, hands, and health) represent four basic human needs: independence, belonging, generosity, and mastery. Research shows 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.
Interested in joining 4-H?
4-H is available to all youth, ages 8-19, regardless of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. Adult volunteer leaders come from all walks of life. For more information about 4-H in Genesee County call 585-343-3040 or stop by our office at 420 E. Main Street in Batavia.
Who Can Be a 4-H Leader?
Parents or other interested adults who are willing to volunteer a part of their time and skills by sharing their abilities with youth. Interested adults may call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genese County at 585-343-3040.
Please click HERE to visit the Genesee County 4-H website.
Chip Malone, 4-H Youth Development Educator
Phone: 585-343-3040 ext. 130
Barb Sturm, 4-H Youth Development/Ag In The Classroom Educator
Phone: 585-343-3040 ext. 122
Brandie Schultz, 4-H Youth Development Administrative Assistant
Phone: 585-343-3040 ext. 101
Tim Zimicki, 4-H Youth Development Program Assistant
Phone: 585-343-3040 ext. 131
or stop by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County at 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020
This summer a group of 24 middle school girls participated in a week-long course, Smart Clothing, Smart Girls: Engineering via Apparel Design, which was conceived by faculty, staff, and students in the College of Human Ecology's Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD).
From the Cornell Chronicle article on the course:
Cornell researchers led the girls, from 4-H programs in Livingston, Ontario and Wyoming counties and the Syracuse chapter of Girls Inc., through four modules: advanced materials, wearable electronics, design technology and the engineering design process. The girls participated in hands-on laboratory and design activities, such as fiber burn tests, sewing and draping, and working with circuits and switches. They also observed such state-of-the-art equipment as a laser cutter, thermal manikin and 3-D body scanner – and worked alongside Cornell and industry experts, mostly women, (including a teleconference with a spacesuit designer at NASA).
As the co-administrator of the state 4-H youth program, the BCTR has a direct connection to this course. But other characteristics of this program align with the BCTR's mission and outreach plans: STEM education, engaging teens, and National Science Foundation funding. Smart Clothing, Smart Girls organizers are working to develop a curriculum and teaching materials to distribute to youth programs around the country.
Program teaches girls engineering via apparel design - Cornell Chronicle