Program Work Teams
Cornell Cooperative Extension Program Work Teams (PWT) are communities of learning and practice that focus on specific Extension areas and issues. PWTs bring Cornell faculty and staff, CCE educators, industry members, and stakeholders together to collaborate and innovate. Below are the relevant PWTs for those working in Youth Development. View the full PWT list here.
4-H Related PWTs
4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Recent Activity: 4-H STEM educator professional development events, sponsored activities for 4-H youth,
4-H STEM/New York State Library Summer Reading Program collaboration, National 4-H STEM Challenge kits, and training.
Risk and Thriving in Adolescence
The Program Work Team Risk and Thriving in Adolescence seeks to identify and develop resources to support and build the capacity of youth work professionals in 4-H and other community agencies working with young people. The PWT has developed several educational toolkits and training material focused on adolescent development, positive youth development, social and emotional learning, and creating inclusive program environments for youth.
Youth, Nature & the Outdoor Environment (YNOE)
The YNOE helps to promote and enhance the needs of 4-H Natural Resources in identifying Cornell and land-grant university curriculum, outreach, and research efforts that can be applied to everyday environmental education programs.
YNOE conducts several teleconferences and in-person PD meetings to help identify issues. The program offers professional development opportunities, project/resource sharing sessions, and also events for youth to learn in.
4-H Food Systems
The 4-H Food Systems Program Work Team is a collaborative workspace that addresses food systems holistically in terms of health, environmental, social, and economic aspects to help 4-H Educators engage youth in activities and conversations surrounding our food system. The purpose is for youth to recognize connections within the bigger picture, analyze the consequences of the food system, and engage in social issues, which will lead to an understanding of sustainability while becoming more responsible consumers and citizens.
Youth Healthy Eating and Active Living (Y-HEAL)
The team’s long-term foundation in nutrition and fitness remains central to our focus amid the country’s obesity crisis and accompanying long-term health issues. In addition, the team supports a holistic focus on social-emotional wellness and youth mental health, from cultivating mindfulness practices to considering issues of bullying and identity development. Another focus is enhancing worksite wellness in CCE, broadly defined, as we seek to model and support holistic wellness in our work.
4-H Strengthening Youth and Adult Communication
The mission of this program work team is to serve as an advisory group for the development of 4-H communication-related curriculum and to liaise to the 4-H Communication Institute event held at Cornell University.
Eastman Rice Scholars are undergraduate and graduate students at Cornell who design workshops based on the 4-H communication curriculum and judge the event.
The mission of the civic engagement program work team is to offer professional development experiences for CCE educators that are timely and relevant to their annual experiences. Our responsive professional development experiences have spoken to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, food insecurity, and youth voice.
Co-Chair: Jamila Walida Simon