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


Programs for Members

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

North Jersey Teen Conference

Winter Camp

Montclair History Farm Camp


Programs for All Youth

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

State and National Programs:


Program for Educators

4‑H offers a variety of trainings and professional development for formal and non-formal educators. Contact Essex4h@njaes.rutgers.edu for information on educator trainings and curriculum resources.

For educators looking specifically for animal science resources, check out the Rutgers Animal Science Blog.

For educators interested in teaching climate science, check out this site for downloadable lesson plans

For educators interested in Financial Literacy programing, 4-H and TD Ameritrade are bringing financial empowerment to young people everywhere through the research-backed program “Smart Cents.” Check out this play book for a sneak peek of 4-H Financial Literacy Curriculum (PDF).

For more opportunities visit our state 4‑H website.


Joining 4‑H in Essex County!


Opportunities 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 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 County 4‑H Office: