Animal Crackers

Urban Outreach participants practicing vet medicine

Animal Crackers

Urban Outreach participants learning about beef cattle

Animal Crackers

Urban Outreach participants drawing needle for vet medicine

Belle Sherman Urban Outreach

Belle Sherman students making homemade Ice Cream


Urban Outreach participants at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Watkins Glen hiking

Urban Outreach participants hiking at Watkins Glen State Park

4-H Urban Outreach

The mission of the 4-H Urban Outreach Program is to take the 4-H Youth Development model and make it accessible to all audiences in our community. By providing daily after school and summer programming, the program empowers youth and adults by creating opportunities that build academic and life skills through experiential learning. The aim is to ensure that youth achieve a sense of independence, belonging, mastery and generosity, to develop into positive, caring, and productive citizens.

An update from the Urban Outreach Program Lead, Taylor Dingman-

As of January 2024, the CCE Tompkins County Urban Outreach Program is back! As I restart the program, I am working on implementing a FREE after-school program at Belle Sherman Elementary starting in February 2024. My vision is to incorporate traditional 4-H clubs/activities, such as animal science, gardening, agriculture and natural resources, in to an urban school setting. By offering programs the 4-H way, urban youth will "learn by doing" through hands on learning involving animals, plants, science, and exploration with the natural world.  My hope is that the youth in the Urban Outreach program will approach the 4-H clover and pledge with an open mind to learn more about the what 4-H stands for (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health). Stay tuned for more updates on how the program is progressing in 2024.


Taylor Dingman
4-H Urban Outreach Program Lead
(607) 272-2292 ext. 269

Last updated July 9, 2024