The 4-H clover is one of the most recognized brands on the planet and the 4-H program remains the nation’s largest youth development organization, as well as one of its oldest. But it is a difficult program to fund, perhaps because it is so well known that we take its existence for granted.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County 4-H program is largely supported by an appropriation from Ulster County and supplemented with grants and donations. Next year, we plan to expand the number of 4-H clubs and activities to provide opportunities to even more youth - and we would like your help.
If 4-H has made an impact on your life or one of your children's, if it helped make you a stronger public speaker or more confident because you raised your own animal, consider donating to Cornell Cooperative Extension during this giving season. Our Year-End Campaign seeks to raise $10,000 for increased youth development activities in Civic Engagement, Agriculture, STEM, Healthy Living and similar programming in 2019.
This year, the Campaign focuses on stories of impact, especially those of our 4-H youth. Elizabeth is the face of our campaign and the 2018 Ulster County Fair Master Showman title winner. She is a 17-year-old, seven-year veteran of 4-H who attributes her career aspirations to what she learned in the program. Elizabeth has said that “4-H was a game changer” and played a vital role in shaping her throughout her youth. Her interest in aquatic birds, of which she learned about, cared for and competed with in 4-H, has led her to study at SUNY Ulster next year in the animal science program. Elizabeth competed at County, State and District levels in Public Presentations and says that it has made her more prepared for her future at SUNY Ulster. 4-H empowers youth to “learn by doing” in areas of STEM, civic engagement, agriculture and healthy living. It is the largest youth program in America, serving nearly 170,000 young people in New York alone!
Your gift would go on to serve many youth like Elizabeth grow into promising, active citizens of Ulster County. Please consider joining us in telling Elizabeth’s story of impact as we ring in a new year.
Please make checks payable to CCEUC and mail to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, 232 Plaza Road, Kingston, New York 12401.
Last updated November 2, 2018