NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Looking for fun, friendship and new experiences? There’s an easy answer to that question if you ask some of the more than 40,000 youth and 2,500 4‑H volunteers. These folks are all part of New Jersey 4‑H Youth Development Program.
New Jersey 4‑H members and adult volunteer leaders are joining others in celebrating National 4‑H Week, October 6–12, 2019. We welcome parents and youth to the 4‑H world, a program of informal, practical and learn-by-doing experiences.
4‑H stands for “Head, Heart, Hands and Health.” 4‑H Club work is based on the philosophy of helping youth grow through learning practical skills. Service to others, leadership, and forming good habits that develop healthy bodies and minds are some of the goals of 4‑H.
4‑H staff in every county extend a special invitation to all youth in grades K–13 (one year out of high school) to join the 4‑H Youth Development Program.
“4‑H is an exciting world of learning opportunities and new experience including projects, friends, trips, camps, club meetings, educational programs, and much more. 4‑H is one of the best experiences your child and you can have!” says Jeannette Rea Keywood, Department of 4‑H Youth Development, Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
4‑H membership is free and is open to all boys and girls without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. 4‑H programs are cooperatively sponsored by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
For more information on how to become involved as a volunteer 4‑H leader, call the 4‑H office in the county in which you live or visit the New Jersey 4‑H website at www.nj4h.rutgers.edu
The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension. 4‑H programs are open to all boys and girls in grades K–13 (one year out of high school) on an age-appropriate basis without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, and any other category protected by law.
–Jeannette Rea Keywood, Rutgers 4‑H Youth Development