Youth constructing bird nest boxes for Ornithology research

Youth constructing bird nest boxes for Ornithology research

Cornell Research & Curricula Projects

4-H Study of Positive Youth Development: 

This project is funded by the National 4-H Council and the Altria Corporation to extend the original 4-H study (completed by Tufts University by Lerner and Lerner) by reconnecting with both 4-H and non-4-H participants, now in their late 20s, to learn how these individuals have developed as young adults. Additionally, the study will conduct a short-term replication of the original study, assessing a diverse sample of 4-H and non-4-H youth from middle and high school grads at three times during the school year. The second part is where Jefferson County 4-H will help! If you are interested in having your child be part of this study, visit for more information! 

Mentoring Young Women and Minorities to Expand STEM Careers in Food and Agriculture in New York State’s North Country Region and Beyond

This project aims to provide educational opportunities that increase the number of interested and qualified female and minority students from rural areas of New York State (NYS), starting with the North Country Region, to fill agriculture and food systems jobs in the STEM workforce. This project promotes activities that advance equal opportunity for women and underserved minorities through a collaboration with professionals in academia and local businesses. This project will deliver the following outcomes: (1) Develop an innovative 4-H youth development program and curriculum to support students from diverse backgrounds in grades 8-11 to learn about STEM career pathways in agriculture and food industries; (2) Connect students with local industry leaders and experts in NYS through experiential learning activities; and (3) Attract and recruit students from underserved and underrepresented communities by providing support for program participation and engaging them in robust discussions that resonate with their interests. 


Stephanie Graf
Deputy Executive Director
315-788-8450 ext. 251

Last updated November 17, 2023