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...]

New Brunswick Girl Scout Troop Adopts Children’s Garden at Local Farmer’s Market

Members of Girl Scout troop 82010: Giselle Martinez, Jocelyn Salmoran, Jessica Bernal, Jacqueline Quiroz

Members of Girl Scout Troop 82010, Giselle Martinez, Jocelyn Salmoran, Jessica Bernal and Jacqueline Quiroz, enjoy a day of planting at the NBCFM Children’s Garden.

Roosevelt School, Junior Girl Scout Troop 82010 and the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market (NBCFM), which is administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, are working together to build the Children’s Garden at 178 Jones Ave., New Brunswick. The girls will work on the garden as part of  their “Take Action Project” assignment, the last step they need to complete the Agent of Change Leadership Journey they have been working on all year. New Brunswick Community Farmers Market’s Nutrition Outreach Coordinator Carolina Mueller (SEBS 2013) visited the troop at its meeting place early in May and spoke about the importance of the Children’s Garden for the community of New Brunswick. She discussed with the girls the different flowers and vegetables they can plant and worked with the girls to create “Garden Guardians,” including a tin man out of recycled cans and a clay pot man. [Read more...]

Rutgers’ Master Gardners Organization of Cumberland County to premier learning programs

Rutgers’ Master Gardeners Organization of Cumberland County will host learning programs that will start May 3 at Wheaton Arts. The day’s activities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wheaton Arts, located off Glasstown Road. The theme of the children’s table this year is "Animals of the Farm and Forest – Identifying Them by their Appearance, Tracks, and Scat." There will be scat and track picture by tracker Kim Cabrera with pelts, skulls and more. Other activities will include a smell test, jelly bean test, tracks in the sand, animal track twister game and making track stamps.

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From Youths to Sleuths: 4-H Rutgerscience Saturday Introduces STEM Concepts Using Spy Technology

sciencesat_spy3On March 29, the Rutgers 4-H Youth Development Program sponsored a Rutgerscience Saturday event for 51 youths across New Jersey, from grades 5-9. Participants practiced listening like a spy using laser technology, embedding messages in images and learning how to use surveillance technology.

Rutgers University graduate student Swapnil Mhaske showed a group of “spies-in-training” how to eavesdrop using a laser beam. Mhaske, whose research interests are in the area of wireless communications and information theory, spent over a month preparing to teach the students about his field of information technology. [Read more...]

Mercer 4-H Member Speaks at USDA Borlaug Symposium

Renee Stillwell with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the Borlaug Symposium

Renee Stillwell, Mercer County 4-H member, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the 2014 Borlaug Symposium

Renee Stillwell, Mercer County 4-H member, was invited by the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture to be one of a handful of youth to speak at the USDA symposium commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the birth of plant biologist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for a lifetime of work to feed a hungry world. [Read more...]