The emergence of cherry blossoms is renowned in Japanese culture as representing the end of the winter, the beginning of new life and the start of the spring growing season. Throughout Japan, cherry blossom festivals are celebrated under the trees with singing, dancing and elaborate tea ceremonies. While profuse and beautiful, cherry blossoms are relatively short lived. It is said that the Japanese use the example of the short lifespan of the cherry blossoms that vividly burst into life and then proudly whither to symbolically reflect on, and as a metaphor for, their lives. [Read more...]
When students can apply what they learn in school to real-world situations, it helps drives a lesson home. For nine students from Grover Cleveland Middle School (GCMS), Caldwell, the 4-H Rutgers Global Climate & Environmental Change Teen Summit will do just that, exposing the students to a variety of climate change scenarios and situations, asking for their advice and suggestions…On Dec. 12, 2013, and March 27, 2014, students in grades 8-12 will work with Rutgers University scientists to learn about climate change science and to develop community service projects that apply their climate change knowledge in their local communities.
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On October 1, Newark Mayor Cory Booker presented a Proclamation to honor Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway as “one of the city’s great organizations” for its work building productive futures for the at-risk youth of Newark and beyond. Proudly receiving the acknowledgment was Kenneth M. Karamichael, director of T.E.E.M. Gateway, a division of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
The proclamation was issued by Mayor Booker shortly after he provided the keynote address during the Annual Stakeholders meeting of the Newark Youth Policy Board, a group appointed by Booker to guide, coordinate and integrate policy and planning efforts for all youth in Newark. Since its establishment in 2006, Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway has been engaged in a wide range of initiatives to reengage Newark’s youth, including the creation of the YE2S Center in 2008 as a safe haven for young people to reconnect and expand their educational, vocational and employment opportunities. This innovative center is strategically located and organized to help youth reenter school or join the workforce and develop skills to become caring, competent and contributing citizens of the City of Newark.
Thirteen of the 4-H Science Ambassadors who participated in the 2013 Rutgers 4-H Summer Science program that drew students from Atlantic, Essex, Mercer, Passaic and Union counties to the Rutgers campus, attended the National Youth Summit. This event, which focused on Geospatial Technologies, was held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD, on Sept. 25-29. The high school students learned about Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote sensing through hands-on activities, projects, field trips and speaker presentations.
Chad Ripberger, 4-H agent and chair of the Department of 4-H, Mercer County, headed the design and implementation of the National Youth Summit, which brought together facilitators from throughout the 4-H system including the states of Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Missouri and New York. [Read more...]