NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to showcase the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week scheduled for October 4-10, Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Council to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America.
4-H is a community of young people across America who learn leadership, citizenship and life skills. Building on this, 4-H’ers will continue to be involved in serving their communities. Through 4-H programs, young people combine their concerns with practical skills so they can make a difference.
With so many children struggling to reach their full potential, 4-H believes that young people, in partnership with adults, can play a key role in creating a more promising and equitable future for youth, families and communities across the country. In 4-H, we believe every child should have an equal opportunity to succeed. We believe every child should have the skills they need to make a difference in the world.
The 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through one year out of high school wherever they live. Programs are offered in a variety of formats including virtual STEP clubs, webinars, workshops or camps, activity kits, and much more.
Since its beginning over 100 years ago, over 60 million Americans from all walks of life have been involved in 4-H.
4-H thrives because of a unique partnership with the public and private sectors who contribute at the local, state and national level. Not only does this partnership include financial support, but many business people volunteer their time and talents to boys and girls. Support at the local level is received through the help of many businesses, financial institutions, civic organizations and service groups.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension, 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status , domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law.
Visit the New Jersey 4-H website to learn about 4-H Youth Development Program opportunities.