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STAR (State Teen Action Retreat) is a premiere youth voice opportunity, open to youth ages 13-19, modeled after the National 4-H Conference. We invite 4-H teen leaders to apply to serve as a planning team member, they select an adult partner and serve to plan the STAR event. STAR is a fun-filled weekend which helps to invigorate 4-H programming across NYS and showcases positive youth development, experiential learning, agriculture, sustainable food systems, STEM, and civic engagement workshops. Roundtables are modeled after the 4-H pillars and help youth to do a deep dive in the topics outside of the hands-on workshops. We also have a community service, keynote speaker, dinner/dance and ice cream social.

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2024 Schedule at a Glance

Friday - May 3

5:30 p.m. Arrival & Registration

6:00 p.m. Dinner

6:45 p.m. Adult Orientation

7:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony

8:30 p.m. Friday Night Activity .

10:15 p.m. Free Time & Snacks

11:00 p.m. LIGHTS OUT


Saturday - May 4

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Roundtable # 2

9:30 a.m. Workshop

11:00 a.m. Workshop

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:50 p.m. Roundtable # 3

1:30 p.m. Workshop

3:00 p.m. Free Time & Snacks

3:20 p.m. Workshop

4:20 p.m. Roundtable # 4

5:00 p.m. Prepare for Dinner

5:45 p.m. County Photos

6:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. Keynote Performance

8:30 p.m. Dance @ Cafeteria and events,

8:30 p.m. Movies & Games @ Lodge

10:00 p.m. Free Time & Snacks

10:45 p.m. Return to cabins.

11:00 p.m. LIGHTS OUT


Sunday - May 5

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Roundtable # 5

9:15 a.m. Community Service

10:30 a.m. Roundtable # 6

11:30 a.m. Closing Ceremony

Registration Information for 4-H Members:

STAR 2024 registration will open on Monday, March 11, 2024, and will close out on Friday, April 12, 2024.


The fee to attend STAR is $125. After registration closes, we will assess a cancellation fee of $62.50 if cancellations come in after April 26, 2024, but substitutions are welcome.

Contact your county's 4-H Educator to register or Jamila Walida Simon with any questions/concerns at

For Educators & Volunteers: 
Event Pre-Work:

STAR is one of our premiere youth-voice events, the teens who plan the event are excited to work with you and your youth. As an adult, we anticipate you will want to engage fully and the below information from our colleagues in the Act for Youth Center for Excellence offer information on youth engagement, youth/adult partnerships and adultism. 

Youth Engagement

Youth Adult Partnerships

Understanding Adultism

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