Our Program


Tioga County 4-H

A progressive learning program for youth 5 to 19 years old

The 4-H Program is an expansive network reaching every corner of the country; 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.

As the youth development program of the nation’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with proven results. The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are:

*  Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;

*  Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college;

*  41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and

*  25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.

The core principles of the 4-H movement are reflected in the shared successes of 4-H youth and their communities. So, what are the principles that drive 4-H?

Clubs

A 4-H club must consist of at least one registered adult volunteer leader and 5 youth from two or more families.

Club meetings include a business meeting run by elected club officers (youth members); an activity portion to work on projects; snack time; and time to have fun.All clubs are required to complete one community service activity during the year.

4-H members must complete at least six hours of educational experiences during the year.  The six hours may include club meetings, state events, sessions with a mentor, or other educational activity.

All 4-H enrollments are handled by the 4-H staff.  Club openings are at the discretion of the club leaders who work closely with the 4-H staff.All club requests must go through the 4-H Office.

General Clubs:  Members work on a variety of projects that may include sewing, cooking, animal care, art, etc.

Animal Science Clubs:  Members works on specific animal science projects that may include horses, dogs, beef cattle, poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats, swine, etc.

County-wide Clubs:  Two county-wide clubs are available for members 9 to 19.  One focuses on raising and marketing livestock, and one focuses on natural resources and environmental education.

Cloverbud Clubs:   Members are 5 to 8 years old and work on age appropriate projects that may include arts and crafts, small pets, natural resources, etc.


Special Programs

A program that includes several projects that are taught by registered adult volunteers with those project skills.  Classes are held but are not run in a club format.

Opportunities

There are several learning opportunities throughout the 4-H year for youth to further develop their communications skills, leadership skills, and community service skills.

Annual 4-H membership fee

$30.00 per family.  Covers insurance costs, year end awards and record books with binder.

Parent Commitment

Volunteer three hours of time or opt for a $25.00 buy-out:  As part of the 4-H program, office staff relies on help from parents and volunteers to make our events happen.  See enrollment forms for volunteer selections.

4-H Food Booth & Dairy Bar during the fair 

All 4-H members are expected to complete a 3-hour shift working in the Food Booth and Dairy Bar during the Tioga County Fair.  This is the only fundraiser for 4-H programming and helps offset costs of programming.  This is not considered a Parent Commitment.

Late Fee - $10.00

All late paperwork will incur a late fee if not turned in on or before the deadline.  Late paperwork or documents will be accepted up to one week past the due date.  After one week no late documents will be accepted.

Pet treat Sales

Tioga County 4-H provides an option to sell pet treats to offset enrollment and participation costs.  All pet treat sales must be completed within 30 days of turning in a completed enrollment form.  Families may use pet treats to raise as much money as necessary to pay for program enrollment and project participation.

Cancellation Policy

All youth participants have until two weeks prior to the start of the program/project to cancel their participation without penalty.  If you do not cancel two weeks prior to a class all program fees for that program are non-refundable.

Contact

Jody Tatich
Association Administrator - 4-H Program Manager
jdt22@cornell.edu
607-687-4020 ext 313

Last updated July 26, 2017