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.
News & Events
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
- Programs for All Youth
- Programs for Educators
- Opportunities for Volunteers
Programs for Members
The following programs are open to 4‑H members in good standing:
North Jersey Teen Conference
Programs for All Youth
Essex 4‑H offers an array of programs opened to the public:
- Essex/Hudson County Fairs
- Local 4‑H Clubs
- Summer Camps
- Youth Community Garden Projects
- Making g-ART-bage in 2020
March 28th, 11–2pm: Registration link
More information about Making g-ART-bage
State and National Programs:
- 4‑H STEM Opportunities at Rutgers
- All State and National Events
- New Jersey County Fairs
- World Food Prize
Program 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 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
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: