RENSSELAER CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H was excited to host a Centennial Exhibition for its 4-H youth participants, which was closed to the public this year due to Covid-19, as one of the county’s celebrations for 100 years in service. August 31st through September 7th youth were invited to have their 4-H projects evaluated in person or virtually. 4-H Projects are a culmination of many weeks, months or even a year’s worth of learning, through 4-H experiences.
During the judging process, whether a general interest or animal project, youth answer questions about what they have learned and have to explain their project to the judge. The life skills that come with the evaluation process helps develop their social and public speaking skills; and during times of disappointment or winning a First Blue, they will learn things such as good sportsmanship, empathy and managing their feelings.
With the help of Stewart’s Shops youth that participated were given special ribbons, a Stewart’s reusable bag and a gift certificate to help ensure youth continue their agricultural projects. Tractor Supply of Brunswick, NY also donated 5 gallon buckets and local donors helped support awards for our cattle and horse shows.
In 1920, three years after the start of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, a youth development program was initiated; to teach young people research based agricultural and best home making practices. Over the past 100 years Rensselaer County 4-H has provided youth experiences in ever growing and changing project areas. Our mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development is to unleash the power of youth and adults through diverse opportunities that meet community needs. For more information on getting involved in the largest youth development organization in the world call your respective Cooperative Extension Office, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County- 518-272-4210.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County
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