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Introduction to CCE Steuben Volunteer Leadership

Mission and History

CCE Steuben was formed in 1918 [making 2018 our Centennial Celebration!]. The Cornell Cooperative Extension mission is:

Cornell Cooperative Extension puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

Board and Committee Leadership

The structure of CCE Steuben’s Volunteer Leadership is as follows:

Program Advisory Committees (Agriculture, Youth Development, and Human Ecology) make programmatic recommendations to CCE Staff and to the CCE Board of Directors. Each PAC is made up of 5-10 county residents interested in that program area. One member of each PAC sits on the Board of Directors. PACs meet quarterly.

The Board of Directors is made up of 9 members—3 PAC representatives, 2 Steuben County Legislative representatives, and 4 at-large members—as well as the Cornell University State Extension Specialist, an ex-officio, non-voting member. The BOD works closely with the Executive Director and is in charge of ensuring that the Association is fiscally sound, addresses recommendations from the Program Advisory Committees, sets the strategic direction of Association programming, and helps promote CCE’s public image. The Board of Directors meets monthly, at least 10 times a year.

The Nominating Committee, made up of Board and Community members, meets annually in the fall to select a slate of candidates for election in December from the available candidates. Candidates are elected for up to two 3-year terms.


Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture – CCE Steuben’s agriculture programs serve farmers of all sizes and all disciplines. Our programs provide education in the areas of production, marketing & business development, and economic development. We also do local foods programming related to farmers’ markets, farm to school, and local specialty crops.

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development – 4-H is a national program dedicated to positive youth development. We work in the areas of STEM, Citizenship, and Healthy Living to teach youth skills like leadership, communication, and life skills.

Human Ecology

Eat Smart New York – ESNY is a regional nutrition education program for low-income adults, families, and youth. It is managed in the Finger Lakes Region by CCE-Wayne County.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program – EFNEP is a national nutrition education program for low-income families that includes one-on-one home visits and group education. It is managed regionally by Cornell University.

Financial Management – CCE Steuben’s Financial Management Program educates people of all incomes about wise spending, saving, and investment practices, from basic budgeting to retirement and estate planning. Education about energy conservation and renewable energy is also included under this umbrella.

If you’re interested in joining the Board of Directors or a Program Advisory Committee, please apply!

Last updated July 2, 2020