Youth constructing bird nest boxes for Ornithology research

Wiley Afterschool Students build bird nest boxes

4-H Afterschool

What do you get when you combine 4-H programming with area school programs?

4-H Afterschool Programs foster a unique combination of fun and learning that help youth develop lifelong skills, such as leadership, critical thinking, and teamwork. The programs address a growing need for quality afterschool programming in the U.S., where as many as 15 million children come home to empty houses afterschool. Research shows that high-risk youth can greatly benefit from 4-H programming.

To combat this, 4-H Afterschool Programs, provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, offer a wealth of research-based, ready-to-use, "learning by doing" curricula on a wide variety of topics. These programs include academic support, hands-on STEM activities, and much more! Download the 4-H Afterschool Program Handbook  which also includes the program Safety Guidelines. 

The 4-H Afterschool Programs are reviewed by independent evaluator, Laura Payne-Bourcy Consulting Services, for program quality and improvements. For information about the impact of the 4-H Afterschool Program, check out our Annual Evaluation Report here!

For information on 4-H Afterschool Reopening under COVID-19 Guidelines - please check out our Frequently Asked Questions.  For information on what 4-H Afterschool Programs look like during COVID-19, check out our 4-H Afterschool During COVID-19 Video!


Mitch McCormick
4-H Afterschool Director
315-788-8450 ext. 332

Last updated April 8, 2022