4-H/Youth Development

Brian Alt, Niagara County 4-H

Young people need knowledge, skills, and support to reach their potential as capable, competent, and caring young citizens. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s youth programs connect youth to the resources of Cornell University and the land-grant system, strengthening the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. Activities and events inspire and shape youth, give them opportunities to master skills, enrich their knowledge, and work with others who provide a positive influence.

The Niagara County 4-H Youth Development Program provides young people ages 5-19 with 4-H opportunities in the areas of Animal Science, Arts, Science & Technology, Consumer and Family Science, and the Natural Environment. 4-H’ers “Learn By Doing” to “Make the Best Better”.


Invite a Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator into your classroom with lessons on the following topics: Agriculture, Horticulture, Food and Nutrition, Team Building, Science and Technology, Diversity and Workforce Readiness. For more information about our programs and fees call Heidi Feltz at 433-8839 extension 241.

Day Camp

For more information regarding the 2016 4-H Day Camp please call Kathy Bowers at 433-8839 ext. 239.

Independent Living Skills Program

An education series offered to adolescent youth currently placed in foster homes to prepare for life after foster care. ILS, funded by Niagara County Department of Social Services, is designed to provide youth with opportunities to explore issues related to independent living in a structured and supportive hands-on setting. Program includes practical skills such as budgeting, food preparation, etc., as well as necessary social skills such as team and group working skills.
For more information contact Kathy Bowers at krc8@cornell.edu or (716) 433-8839 ext. 239.

Niagara County Legislative Intern Program

This school year long program is an opportunity available to high school juniors and seniors living and attending schools in Niagara County. Students are matched with local government officials to discover first hand how government works. Guest speakers, independent projects, seminars, legislative meetings, committee meetings, public hearing and possible field trips during one semester of the school year provide additional information. Students successfully completing the government intern program may receive academic credit and some schools award (12th grade) a “Participation in Government” credit.
High school students or anyone interested in the government intern program should contact Kathy Bowers at krc8@cornell.edu or 716-433-8839 extension 239.