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4-H Urban Outreach Summer Program

Our 5- Week Summer Program is held in July and August.

Youth will participate in hands-on activities with Robotics, STEM, Literacy, Arts, Healthy Living. We will also visit the library, take field trips and have local artists facilitate projects with the children. Participants can choose to participate in special interest clubs like Dance, Healthy Cooking, and Arts and Crafts. All activities and projects are designed to expose youth to a variety of experiences that foster self-discovery and healthy living. The focus is to have fun while building valuable life skills!

2018 Summer Registration form 

Belle Sherman/SIFE

Program Location: Takes place at Belle Sherman Elementary School

Days and Time: Monday and Tuesday from 2:00-4:00PM

The 4-H Urban Outreach/SIFE program is for all children, however the majority of the children are Burmese and Karen students and English is their second language. Students who attend this program are bright, talented, energetic children eager to learn about the skills, interests and careers student and community volunteers share through mentoring and volunteering. Volunteers will work with the program coordinator, Ramona Cornell, to design and implement activities, including: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math projects, health and nutrition discussions and fun cooking projects, Lego robotics, multi-cultural performing arts field trips, video and photography exploration, chess instruction, coding lessons and fun field trips. Cornell and Ithaca college students, community volunteers and teachers provide homework assistance, reading support, provide positive role models and create strong mentoring relationships. Our volunteers and mentors help identify and support students’ interests and skills. Currently 23 students attend the program at Belle Sherman Elementary.

West Village

Open to youth living in the West Village Apartments. Program held when Ithaca School district is in session. If there are school or after school closures due to weather, the program will also be closed. Please see calendar for actual dates.

Program Location:  West Village Apartments Community Room, 150 West Village Place, Ithaca, NY 14850

Days and Time:  Tuesday 9-12 year olds*
Wednesday 9-12 year olds
Thursdays 5-8 year olds
*bi-monthly field trips to the Free Science workshops open to 5-12 year olds

The 4-H Urban Outreach program at West Village for kids aged 5-19 who want to spend quality time after school in a safe learning environment with peers and positive, caring adults. Participants in the program learn through doing and playing, acquiring healthy living skills through cooking classes, critical and strategic thinking skills through playing chess and knowledge of science through doing fun and exciting science experiments. In addition to these engaging activities, Cornell student volunteers from all academic areas help support participants with literacy and homework. Volunteers in the professional fields such as IT, art, culture and literacy also lend their expertise and knowledge to make the 4-H Urban Outreach Program successful. 

For a full list of 2018-2019 school year dates click here.

For more information please contact Tami Snyder, tms297@cornell.edu or (607) 272-2292, X263

Northside Program

Program Location: Takes Place at the Northside Apartment Complex Community Center

Days and Time : Wed, Thurs and Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Open to: Children living in the Northside, Overlook Terrace and Southview Gardens Ithaca Housing Authority Apartment Communities

The Northside 4-H Urban Outreach After School Program works in partnership with the Ithaca Housing Authority to offer homework assistance and a wide variety of planned activities, including guest mentors, fun with science experiments, visits from the physics bus, nutrition lessons and fun cooking activities and arts and crafts projects.We also take field trips and participate in fun outdoor activities including lessons that teach children about helping the environment, animals and people. The 4-H after school program provides a safe place for children to learn valuable life skills, have homework assistance, develop friendships and social skills, enjoy healthy snacks and have fun. On Fridays we have a teen program that offers an opportunity for teens to develop leadership and mentoring skills and establish a reference for jobs and colleges.

Last updated October 2, 2018