Academic journal article Human Ecology

4-H Event Boosts Youth Confidence in Future Studies, Careers

Academic journal article Human Ecology

4-H Event Boosts Youth Confidence in Future Studies, Careers

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More than 400 middle and high school students from 45 New York state counties and extension programs made their way to Cornell's Ithaca campus in June. On their collective to-do list: investigate the mysteries of the cosmos, perform physical exams on small and large animals, understand the intricacies of food science, and learn to program robots.

Those were just a few of the many workshops taught by Cornell faculty, staff and graduate students during the annual 4-H Career Explorations conference.

"Our main purpose is to give young people a chance to get a feel for careers that they've never even heard of, or maybe never even considered for themselves," said Alexa Maille, conference coordinator and New York state 4-H science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, a research and outreach branch of the College of Human Ecology.

"This is the first college experience for a lot of our participants, and we receive a good amount of feedback from these youth, both during the conference and after, saying that they are now interested in pursuing future studies or a career in one of the subject areas that they were exposed to here first," Maille added.

The conference's 30 programs focused on healthy living, STEM, civic engagement and leadership, and were facilitated by the colleges of Human Ecology, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Information Science, as well as the Herbert F. …

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