Rutgers 4-H Helps Host Sicilian Youth in Collaborative Program Funded by U.S. State Department

Youth from Sicily, Italy visit Ellis Island and learn about the history of immigration to the U.S.

Youth from Sicily, Italy, visit Ellis Island and learn about the history of immigration to the U.S.

Over the course of three weeks in May and June this year, 14 youth and two adult educators from three communities in Sicily, Italy, participated in a Youth Leadership Program funded by the U.S. Department of State and facilitated by the University of Delaware and Rutgers University. During this exchange program, which focused on the general themes of civic education, leadership development and community service, the Sicilian youth toured parts of the U.S., learning about democracy and developing community service projects to be implemented in their own home communities.

“Each of the community service projects was different and I was surprised at the level of commitment that they showed to each other during the trip,” said Alayne Torretta, county 4-H Agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension and program coordinator for the grant in New Jersey. [Read more...]

Sweet, super-sized peach cake planned for 4-H Fair

Standing over more than 150 pounds of fresh peaches Wednesday, Gloucester County’s Master Gardeners started a sweet and sticky assembly line…Twenty-four hours later, their prepped peaches would be part of a 250-pound peach shortcake recognized by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture as the state’s largest birthday cake. The peach cake, baked and assembled by Liscio’s Bakery in Glassboro, will debut Thursday at opening ceremonies of the Gloucester County 4-H Fair and New Jersey Peach Festival in Mullica Hill…The peach-filled mega-pastry marks the 100th anniversary of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the organization that oversees the Master Gardener program and 4-H throughout the state. "We wanted to do something fun and festive," said Luanne Hughes, an RCE health sciences educator.

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New Jersey 4-Hers Boost Leadership and Civic Skills in Washington, D.C.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H members learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 30 youth and three adult chaperones attended week 6 of the conference from July 6-12. [Read more...]

4-H Volunteers: Share and Connect Video

Summer is the season for 4-H County Fairs. Find your County Fair and check out this video to see what being a 4-H volunteer is all about:

Video: 4-H Volunteers: Connect & Share

Union County students excel at 4-H Public Presentation Contest

Four students shared the energetic diversity of Union County with their peers from across New Jersey last month, as they participated in the annual 4-H Public Presentation Contest at Rutgers University in New Brunswick…"Union County 4-H encourages young people to explore their interests while building communication and leadership skills," said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak.

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