Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station | [Cooperative Extension of Essex County]

4-H Youth Development

The 4-H Clover. The Power of YOUth

4‑H is the youth development component of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4‑H uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to become competent, caring citizens of the world. Dedicated adult volunteers provide leadership to 4‑H clubs and activities alongside Rutgers faculty, staff, and most importantly our 4‑H youth members. Essex/Hudson County 4‑H staff and volunteers work together to develop programs which will provide youngsters with opportunities for new experiences and a broader view of life.

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Essex County 4‑H teens help prepare the garden.

Get Involved

The following is a guide to programs offered by Essex/Hudson county 4‑H, NJ 4‑H, Rutgers University, and National 4‑H for youth, families, and educators.

For Community

4‑H offers an array of programs opened to the public.

County Opportunities

Local 4‑H Clubs

4‑H clubs are run by community volunteers and teach youth life skills around an array of project areas. New Jersey 4‑H has switched to an online member registration process. The online registration system gives members direct access to joining clubs and registering for special events. Please visit view our current club list (246k PDF) and visit to become an Essex County 4‑H member. For instructions on enrolling, see Enrolling on NJ4H Online (703k PDF).

Essex/Hudson County Fair
Urban Agriculture Youth Project

State Opportunities

For Educators

4‑H offers a variety of trainings and professional development for formal and non-formal educators. Visit opportunities at our state 4‑H website.

For Volunteers

Volunteer service opportunities are available in such areas as the 4‑H Association member, Expansion and Review Committee, Youth Club Leaders and Assistant Leaders, 4‑H Fair, Judges, Special Interest Projects, and many others.

As a 4‑H volunteer, you will develop leadership skills and expand your knowledge, gain satisfaction by sharing your knowledge with youth and watching them grow, become an active member of the community, and have many opportunities to meet and share ideas with other adults working to make a positive difference in the lives of youth. Essex/Hudson County 4‑H faculty and staff provide training and guidance for all volunteers working with youth.

What are the steps to becoming a 4‑H Club Leader?

After being contacted by the Essex/Hudson County 4‑H Office:

For Members

The following programs are open to 4-H members in good standing:

For More Information:

Essex County 4-H
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Cooperative Extension of Essex County
162 Washington St.
Newark, NJ 07102-3098

Phone: 973-353-1337