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By teaching young people that science can be fun, we build on a century of rock solid knowledge that early STEM exposure opens doors for kids to explore a host of STEM themes that direct them to think of careers in these fields. 4-H utilizes the power of UConn research and innovation to prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and technology experts.

4-H Youth Development

The Connecticut 4-H youth program prepares youth to meet the needs of a global economy, while learning new skills, meeting new friends and discovering new things about themselves and the world through UConn Extension’s research-driven programs.

Whatever your interest, 4-H has a place for you. 4-H programs offer youth fun, hands-on learning activities that foster skills and character development in science, citizenship and healthy living. 

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
4-H utilizes the power of UConn research and innovation to prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and technology experts. Connecticut 4-H improves communities by teaching youth the science and technology behind producing food, caring for the environment and eating healthy. 4-H generates big ideas and opens up opportunities through projects in everything from animal breeding, plant genetics, robotics and coastal marine habitats.

4-H grows responsible citizens by emphasizing the importance of developing passionate, well-informed citizens who are involved in their communities and help to foster positive social change. In 4-H, youth learn about local, state and national government. From an early age, 4-H youth learn to make decisions, work with others, lead their peers and perform community service projects.

Healthy Living
Helping 4-Hers develop attitudes that promote positive long-term healthy behaviors is a critical goal of Connecticut 4-H. Healthy Living activities and projects give youth the tools needed to stay in shape, prepare healthy food and practice good personal hygiene. 4-H programs are designed to stimulate the practical side of a young person’s mind and the creative side.

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Contacts: 4-H STEM Youth Development Team

Emily Alger 4-H Youth - Middlesex County 860-345-5218
Bonnie Burr Volunteer Management 860-486-8944
Linda Castro 4-H FANs IM 203-281-2961
Marc Cournoyer 4-H Youth - Windham County 860-774-9600
Jennifer Cushman 4-H Youth - Hartford County 860-570-9074
Maryann Fusco-Rollins 4-H Youth - Tolland County 860-870-6929
Pamela Gray 4-H Youth - New London County 860-885-2824
Margaret Grillo 4-H Youth - New Haven County 203-407-3158
Laura Marek 4-H Youth - Litchfield County 860-626-6240
Jenifer Nadeau Equine 4-H Program 860-486-4471
Umekia Taylor 4-H FANs 203-407-3169
Edith Valiquette 4-H Youth - Fairfield County 203-207-3264
Nancy Wilhelm 4-H Youth Program Coordinator 860-486-4127
UConn Extension
University of Connecticut,
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4036
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4036
Phone: 860-486-9228
Fax: 860-486-0264