join the after-school program

4-H @ 540 is a paid, environmental justice-focused workforce development after-school program for ages 12-18 youth in Monroe County run by 540WMain, Inc. This program aims to build leadership development skills for low-income, disabled, and/or marginalized youth

about the 4-H program

what's different about 4-H @ 540?

4-H @ 540 pays students a stipend to build soft skills that can be applied in the workforce, college, or as a future entrepreneur. The program focuses on the pillars of civic engagement and STEM where students will have the opportunity to engage in activities related to environmental justice and sustainability. This program is accessible to low-income, disabled, and/or marginalized youth.

get involved

hover your cursor over each box to learn more about the benefits of participating in the 4-H @ 540 program.

pay equity

Students are paid a stipend for their work.

build your leadership skills

student led activities designed to leadership and entrepreneurship skills


interact in a positive environment and receive guidance from adult mentors

hands-on learning

co-design activities that help with skills like time management, personal branding, & communication


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

how to apply

program dates:  the program will take place from January to June through weekly meetups and activities.

apply: The 2022 application is open! Interested students should complete the application online or via mail. Interviews will be conducted shortly after receiving applications.

click here to download the application. Please mail completed application to 540WMain, Inc., 104 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14603.

Applications can also be scanned and emailed to

frequently asked questions

Q: What will the time commitment be?
A: Sessions are an hour and a half, one day per week from January to June. Students have the opportunity to participate for multiple school years.


Q: What will the application process look like? How many students are selected?
A: Students will apply online beginning July 2022 or via mail and then be interviewed. There will be space for 10-12 students.


Q: What does “paid” mean?
A: Selected students will receive a stipend each semester they remain in the program.


Q: Is transportation provided?
A: The program provides complimentary RTS bus passes for students that have a need for transportation.


Q: Where will the program take place?
A: The program will take place at locations around the city.


Q: Who do I contact if I have further questions?
A: Email with any questions or comments regarding the program.