Teen Ambassadors are the 4-H members who market 4-H Youth Development through public speaking, news writing, public service announcements, and web page development. They are involved in local, county, and state-wide 4-H activities. Ambassadors attend STARR (The State Teen Action Reps Retreat) at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse every April. The weekend is about learning how to make changes in your community through leadership and action.
Teen Council is open to all 4-H teens in Rensselaer County. This group offers opportunities for community service and leadership through events and activities like Pre Teen Fun Day, the 4 -H Snack Bar at the Schaghticoke Fair, the 4-H Auction, and the Mitten Tree.
Teen Exchange is a 2-year program for a county-wide group that matches up with a county from another state. As the host county Rensselaer County hosts that county one year and travels to that county the other year.
A C E is the liaison committee that coordinates teen activities. It is comprised of the officers of the Teen Ambassadors, the Teen Council, and the Teen Exchange.
2014 Milk Lovers Ball Scholarship -Cathy Wickswat Memorial Scholarship The Tri County Holstein Club has dedicated the proceeds from their Milk Lovers Ball to go toward a scholarship in memory of Cathy Wickswat. Cathy was a Farm Business Management Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator in our county for over 20 years. She had retired from CCE but unfortunately she succumbed to cancer at the end of 2012. Youth who are enrolled in the fall of 2014 in a college majoring in an Agriculture related degree who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply. For a full application please contact the CCE office, application is due January 1st.
Rensselaer County 4-H Teen Council Scholarships are presented annually to three high school seniors who exemplify the Essential Elements of 4-H. Applications can be found on the Member and Leader Forms page.
The Beryl H. Moul Memorial Grange Scholarship was established in 1958 by West Sand Lake Grange #949 in memory of prominent Grange member Beryl H. Moul. Applicants must be pursuing a career in Agriculture, Home Economics, Human Ecology, Family Sciences, Forestry, Human or Animal Medicine, Education, Consumer Sciences, Nursing, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Engineering, or Pharmacology. The instructions and application can be found on our Member and Leader Forms page.
The Timothy H Gifford Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 by the Gifford Family in memory of Tim Gifford. Tim Gifford was an active farmer and an enthusiastic member of Rensselaer County 4-H, showing both sheep and cows at the Schaghticoke Fair. Tim always lived life to its fullest. This $1,500 scholarship has been made possible due to the generosity and kindness of the local community to which Tim belonged. One scholarship is available annually to anyone pursuing post-secondary education in agriculture or mechanics. Although special consideration is given to current/past members of a county 4-H program, the applicant need not be a member to apply. Applicants are encouraged to apply multiple years, although each recipient can only receive the scholarship once. Applications can be found on our Member and Leader Forms page.
The Rensselaer County Dairy Princess Committee Scholarship is awarded to a Rensselaer County Resident who will be entering college. The purpose of this scholarship is to award funding for an educational endeavor to a deserving student who exemplifies the qualities of the dairy industry. Applications can be found on our Member and Leader Forms page.
4H teens attend the
Annual New York State
4-H Capital Days
The objective of Capital Days is to help youth gain a better understanding of the New York State policy process, achieve a better understanding of state and local government, meet with legislators, and create awareness of career opportunities. Follow this link to learn more about Capital Days.
AgriBusiness Career Conference
The ABC Conference is a collaborative effort of Farm Bureau, Cobleskill College and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Open to teens across the state, this conference introduces participants to a vast variety of opportunities available in the field of Agriculture. The AgriBusiness Career Conference is held every fall. Registration materials will be available in August.
Career Explorations offers teens the opportunity to experience college life while exploring careers in a wide variety of areas at Cornell University, July 1-3, 2014. The event is made up of two grade specific tracts: University U for youth entering grades 8 - 9 and Focus for Teens for youth entering grades 10-12.