ONONDAGA CO., N.Y. — Sixteen New York State families are looking forward to sharing their homes with a young person from Japan for one month this summer through the 4-H Youth Development program. The NYS 4-H Japanese Exchange program is an initiative of the New York State 4-H Office at Cornell University, in cooperation with County Cornell Cooperative Extension offices around the State. The 16 Japanese youth, ages 12-15, will be arriving at the Syracuse International Airport on Friday, July 21 and connecting with host families from all corners of New York State the next day. The Japanese youth will stay with the host families who have a child the same age and sex until August 17. New York is hosting 9 Japanese girls, 7 boys, and one adult chaperone. The 16 Japanese delegates will depart from Syracuse on Saturday, July 22nd after an arrival and welcome event with the host families at the Embassy Suites in Syracuse. The host families are located in 14 NYS Counties from Western NY, the Finger Lakes region, the Adirondacks and the Hudson Valley.
Staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, located in Syracuse, will be waiting at the airport to help facilitate the students arrival Friday evening. “The 4-H Program of CCE Onondaga County is happy to support this event! We are looking forward to welcoming the Japanese youth at the Syracuse Airport, and to help support the 4-H State Office with this initiative!” said Onondaga County 4H Educator Juliana Quaresma. “Programs like these are invaluable for our youth and help them to gain a new global perspective. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our growing 4H programming in the county.”
The New York State program is supported by a National nonprofit organization affiliated with 4-H called States’ 4-H International, based in Seattle Washington. States’ 4-H International works with 4-H programs in nearly 30 States to coordinate inbound and outbound cultural exchanges ranging from one month to 10 months between 4-H youth and youth from Japan, South Korea, Norway, Costa Rica and many more countries. The one month summer Japanese program will provide an opportunity for nearly 600 Japanese youth to experience life in the United States this summer. For more information on the program please visit www.States4hexchange.org
The goal of the 4-H International Exchange program is to encourage participating youth to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity, global connection and citizenship. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, reaching over 6 million youth through a community of young people across the U.S. and implemented through the Cooperative Extension System of the United States Department of Agriculture. The New York State 4-H program reaches over 170,000 youth per year, connecting them to hands-on learning opportunities in science, healthy living, civic engagement and agriculture and food systems. 4-H helps youth ages 5-19 from rural, suburban and urban communities grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. 4-H programs reach youth in every New York State County and the five boroughs of New York City. For more information on 4-H Youth Development please visit https://nys4-h.org/.
Connecting with your local 4H Educator is easy. For more information on 4H opportunities in your area, visit us online at www.cceonondaga.org/4-h-youth and www.erie.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development and learn more about youth development, current opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
—Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County
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