Penn State Cooperative Extension

The Penn State Cooperative is an extension of Penn State University and is designed to provide educational services at a local level.

Our Mission

To extend nonformal outreach educational opportunities to individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Pennsylvania. To enable the Commonwealth to maintain a competitive and environmentally sound food and fiber system and prepare youth, adults and families to enhance the quality of their lives and participate more fully in community decisions.

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2020 Leadership Conference

Nearly 700 Pennsylvania 4-H youth gathered to network and enhance their leadership skills during the 2020 Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference from January 31 to February 2 at the Penn State Hotel and Conference Center in State College.

Five Lackawanna County 4-H members were in attendance:  Faith Hosie, Jessup; Meghan Graham, Clarks Summit; Julia Mazur, Olyphant; Ella Wilson, Clarks Summit; and Ava Davis, South Abington.

County 4-H members participated in workshops designed and presented by 4-H educators, Penn State faculty, and special invited speakers. The workshops included topics that encouraged youth to build their skills in public speaking, teambuilding, conflict resolution, and communicating through social media.

For additional information on Lackawanna County 4-H programs, contact Sandi Graham, 4-H Educator, 570-963-6842, Penn State Extension, 135 Jefferson Ave, Suite 101, Scranton, or e-mail [email protected].

4-H State Leadership Conference attendees from Lackawanna County were: L-r, Faith Hosie, Jessup; Meghan Graham, Clarks Summit; Julia Mazur, Olyphant; Ella Wilson, Clarks Summit; and Ava Davis, South Abington.


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Program Helps Kids Succeed

Are you a parent or caregiver of a 5th or 6th grader? Would you like to learn some additional skills to help your child succeed and make your strong family stronger? If so, then register for the free Strengthening Families program this fall.

The Strengthening Families Program, for parents and youth ages 10-14, is a seven week initiative designed to reduce adolescent substance abuse and other problematic behaviors in youth.  It has been scientifically tested and results have shown that children who have completed the program are less likely to become involved in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse.

Parents and children begin each Strengthening Families session with a shared meal followed by breakout sessions for adults and youth. During the last hour, the families reunite to increase family bonding, foster positive communication skills, and learn to solve problems together.

Two sessions will be held in Carbondale and Moosic. The Carbondale session will be held from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Sundays, starting on February 10 at the Carbondale Area Elementary School. The Moosic session will run on Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Riverside Elementary East School, beginning January 31.

Youth will benefit from attending the sessions by learning to: prepare for their teen years; communicate with their parents; deal with stress and peer pressure; and avoid alcohol and drug problems.  Parents and caregivers can enhance their parenting skills by: learning to set limits and show love; making house rules; encouraging good behavior; protecting their children from substance abuse; and learning to handle stress.

The free program includes dinner for the family, prizes for attendance, and free child care for younger family members.

For more information or to register for this fun, family oriented program, contact Karen Thomas at Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.


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Throop 4-H
Thanksgiving Day Community Service Project

The Throop 4-H Club met in November to work on two community service projects – a food drive and making Thanksgiving Day tray favors for the Green Ridge Nursing Home. The members made over 90 tray favors which were little baskets with a turkey in them.

Cloverbud member Ellie Usher dropped the Thanksgiving Day tray favors off on Thanksgiving to the residents of the nursing home. They were very thankful to receive them.

There are monthly meetings (except January) of the Throop 4-H Club from October to May. Every month the members do a community service project, work on 4-H projects, play games and have snacks.

4-H, the youth development program of Penn State University, is open to boys and girls 8 – 19 years old and Cloverbuds are open to girls and boys 5 – 7 years old. For more information about 4-H in Lackawanna County, contact 4-H Educator Donna Grey at 570-963-6842 or by email at [email protected].

Throop 4-H club member Ellie Usher dropped off on Thanksgiving Day over 90 tray favors that 4-H members made for the Green Ridge Nursing Home residents.


Lackawanna County 4-H Teens Attend 4-H State Leadership Conference

Two Lackawanna County 4-H teens attended the recently held 4-H State Leadership Conference held at Penn State University.  Hannah Conahan and Marikay Van Fleet, both members of the Glenburn 4-H Sewing Club, were among the 472 4-H teens who attended the educational conference.

The weekend event allowed 4-H teens to build and perfect their leadership skills.  The skills that the teens developed relate to personal assets that research says make teens competent, capable, and caring adults.  The weekend included communication techniques, team building, decision making, and goal setting.  The highlights of the weekend included discussions by keynote speakers who are known throughout the country as top leadership educators in their respective fields.

4-H is the youth development education program administered through Penn State University for youth ages 5 to 18.  4-H enables kids to have fun, meet new people, learn new life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals.

For more information on the 4-H program in Lackawanna County, contact Donna Grey, Penn State Extension, at 570-963-6842.

The Lackawanna County 4-H members who attended the State 4-H Leadership Conference were Marikay Van Fleet, left, and Hannah Conahan.

For more information visit: Lackawanna County Cooperative Extension Web Site

Administrative Contacts

Dave Messersmith
Phone: 570-963-6842
Fax: 570-963-6853
Email: [email protected]

Stephen Alessi
Phone: 570-963-6842
Fax: 570-963-6853
Email: [email protected]


135 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 101, Scranton, PA  18503

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