New York State 4-H youth development programs connect young people to the resources of the university in ways that promote positive youth development, enhance science and technology literacy, develop life skills, and involve young people in their communities. By linking families with great opportunities to work with Cornell faculty members, students, and projects, 4-H helps get young people excited about school, learning, and career options. The emphasis on the four H’s – head, heart, hands, and health – is articulated today through opportunities that youth have in 4-H to develop independence, and to experience belonging, generosity, and mastery. The three primary content areas for the New York State program are in Science, Engineering and Science Literacy, Youth Community Action, and Healthy Lifestyles. In New York State over 570,000 young people participate in 4-H programs through organized 4-H Clubs, special interest programs, school enrichment, afterschool programs, and camps. When asked how 4-H helps their children, parents reported that their children developed long-term relationships with good role models; made friends with positive peer groups; increased their self-confidence; and had opportunities to learns new things that will help them succeed in life, get into college and choose careers.