Igniting Your Leadership Potential Certificate in Leadership Development

Igniting Your Leadership Potential Certificate in Leadership Development is a series of online leadership courses offered by the NJ 4‑H Youth Development Program and taught by 4-H faculty. Youth in grades 8–13 can register for a variety of courses that will provide opportunities to learn about leadership, gain knowledge, sharpen their skills, and prepare to lead. Youth can earn a badge for each course completed and a certificate in Leadership Development after completing four online courses.

Each course meets 1.5 hours per week for four weeks. The cost per course is $25.00.

The following courses will be offered fall 2020:

The Voice of Leadership

Everyone has the capacity to lead. However, the ability to convey the leadership message takes skill and a clear understanding of how a multi-faceted communications approach can have a positive impact on others. More importantly, this skill is developed over time as a leader expands their realm of experience and influence. This course introduces youth to communication and its importance to leadership, as well as allows them to create personal leadership messages they can apply to their own leadership roles.

Earn a badge in Leadership and Personal Development upon completion.

This course is scheduled for every Monday in November (Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 23) from 7–8:30 p.m. Youth will log-in once a week for a face-to-face session with the instructor and then complete assignments offline.

Launching into Leadership

Learn the basic principles of leadership, along with practical strategies for becoming a better leader. In this online course, youth will learn leadership concepts that can be readily applied to their own life. This includes the definition of leadership, leadership traits and styles, and the tasks and relationships associated with leadership.

Earn a badge in Leadership and Personal Development upon completion.

This course is scheduled for every Tuesday in November (Nov. 3, 10, 17, and 24) from 7–8:30 p.m. Youth will log-in once a week for a face-to-face session with the instructor and then complete assignments offline.

Leading through Service

Become versed in the leadership skills necessary to plan and conduct a service learning project. Using generationOn's goLEAD service learning curriculum, youth will Greet, Discover, Explore, Aspire, Aim, Plan, Ensure, Act, and Reflect their way to developing a service project based on the needs of their chosen community or organization. Youth will learn how to perform community mapping, form a problem statement, brainstorm ideas, plan a project using achievable goals, consider the challenges, and then put their plan into action. Leading through Service is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience!

Earn a badge in Leadership and Civic Engagement upon completion.

This course is scheduled for Thursdays (Nov. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3) from 7–8:30 p.m. Youth will log-in once a week for a face-to-face session with the instructor and then complete assignments offline. Planning for service projects will take place Nov. 1 – Dec. 31.

For information about the Igniting Your Leadership Potential - Certificate in Leadership Development contact Program Coordinator Sharon Kinsey at sbkinsey@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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