First New Jersey 4-H Youth Leadership Institute to be Held at Rutgers

4-H Youth Development logoTwenty-nine 4-H members representing 13 counties will be participating in the first New Jersey 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute on July 1-2 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

The New Jersey 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute will provide an opportunity for middle school aged youth to develop leadership and community service knowledge and skills.

goLEAD (generationOn Leadership, Education, and Development) is an innovative approach to equip middle and high school aged youth with invaluable 21st century skills that will allow them to change themselves and the world through service and is a program of Generation On, a global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world. [Read more…]

NJ 4-H Members to Attend National 4-H Citizenship Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

Thirty 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference. This conference, now in its 56th year, will be held July 5-11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals. [Read more…]

Hunterdon, Somerset 4-H Members to Attend Leadership Program

A group of 16 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the second annual 4-H Leadership Washington Focus Conference. This leadership conference will be held July 13-17 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md… Leadership Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership development program for 4-H members entering grades 7-9. Youth from across the nation will be participating in this five-day event (Monday-Friday). The program will provide an opportunity for youth to listen to motivational speakers and participate in workshops that will develop communication skills, increase leadership capacity and build lifetime skills… 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.

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New Jersey 4-H Volunteer of the Year Dorothy Calimer to be Inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Dorothy Calimer (center), receiving the Rutgers 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award from Debi Cole (right) and Navonne Owen (left),  Atlantic County 4-H staff and members of the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents.

Dorothy Calimer (center), is pictured receiving the Rutgers 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award earlier in 2015. At left is Navonne Owen and at right is Debi Cole, 4-H staff of Atlantic County and members of the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents.

New Jersey resident and Atlantic County 4-H Volunteer Dorothy Calimer has been named one of 16 individuals to be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during a special ceremony to be held on October 9 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The 82-year old Calimer of Cologne, NJ, will be among the Laureates of the National 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2015 to be honored for excellence in citizenship, leadership, character and career accomplishments. Earlier this year, Calimer was named the 4-H Volunteer of the Year by the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents for her significant contributions to the New Jersey 4-H program. [Read more…]

Rutgers 4-Hers Shine at County Government Day

Cumberland County 4-H member Gabe Guenther with Cumberland County freeholder and Rutgers Cooperative Extension liaison Tom Sheppard.

Cumberland County 4-H member Gabe Guenther with Cumberland County freeholder and Rutgers Cooperative Extension liaison Tom Sheppard.

Three Cumberland County 4-H youth participated in Cumberland County Government Day on May 26. Karleen Wilford, Gabe Guenther and Nina Callavini are all Cumberland County 4-H members who had the opportunity to take advantage of this exceptional program. The students shadowed county employees and learned about their job, what skills are required, what subject areas are emphasized and the importance of working well with other people. Wilford and Callavini shadowed employees in the sheriff’s office. Gabe Guether, who attends Wallace Middle School, shadowed Rutgers Cooperative Extension liaison Freeholder Tom Sheppard and attended a mock freeholders meeting.

4-H Program Assistant Cheryl McCormick was deeply appreciative of the opportunity. “We are very thankful to Kim Wood and her staff for promoting such a wonderful youth development program each year. We were excited to have some of our members again participate in this exceptional leadership and life skills program.”