Leadership for Life Program

New Jersey 4‑H members in grades 9-11 who are members in good standing are invited to participate in a multi-level leadership program called the Leadership for Life Program.

Adopted from Ireland's youth development program Foróige, the Leadership for Life Program is based on theories and principles of youth work, leadership development and leadership styles.

Offered in three sequential modules, this program is aimed at equipping young people to explore their vision and passion and to develop such key skills as: planning, decision making, critical thinking, goal setting, and problem solving.

Each module consists of 10-15 hours of educational workshops with topics serving as a bridge from one level to the next. Modules (levels) 1 and 2 will be offered within this 4‑H year and the opportunity to apply for Module 3 and the Advanced Module will be available in Summer 2020 or 2021.

Members must complete Modules 1 and 2 before they are eligible to apply to complete Module 3 and the advanced Module during a 9-day travel experience to the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference at the University of Ireland in Maynooth, Ireland.

Overview of the Leadership for Life Program Curriculum

Each module addresses various aspects of leadership and personal development.

Module 1 enables participants to explore what leadership is and the type of leaders they would like to be. The module focuses on core leadership skills such as communication, problem solving, self-awareness, values and action planning.

Module 2 enables participants to work with others to achieve a leadership goal. The module focuses on how leadership can have a positive impact on society by tackling both local and global issues. Module 2 also focuses on research skills, conflict resolution, critical thinking and exploring leadership styles.

Module 3 enables participants to put into practice their learning from previous modules by actively engaging in a community action project of their choice, keeping a learning journal of their experiences, and presenting a portfolio upon completion. 4-H members completing module 3 will plan and conduct a service project upon independently. It is required that Module 3 is completed prior to attending the Foroige Leadership for Life Conference for the Advanced Leadership Module.

The Advanced Module is offered at the Foroige Leadership for Life Conference held in Ireland. This module enables participants to explore vision and strategies for overcoming challenges, ethics and values in relation to leadership, and work with youth from Ireland and other countries to utilize the leadership skills they have learned in Modules 1-3 to identify social issues and propose solutions and methods for addressing them.

The Leadership for Life Program will be offered on the following dates during 2020–2021:

Module Program Dates Registration Cost and Registration/Application Due Date
Module 1 November 14, 2020
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conducted virtually via Zoom
$65, includes all training materials

Registration Due November 1, 2020
Module 2 December 12, 2020

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conducted virtually via Zoom
$65.00, includes all training materials and supplies

Registration due December 1, 2020
Module 3 Januaet 11 – February 8, 2021
Times to be determined.

Weekly 1½-hour training conducted virtually via Canvas.

4-H member must plan and conduct their service project before attending the Advanced Leadership Module.
$65.00, includes all training materials and supplies

Registration due January 3, 2021
Advanced Leadership Module Jun 18–26, 2021

University of Ireland at Maynooth

Departure and return dates may change.
$2,500 (tentative)

Application due Feb. 15, 2021 (tentative)

Questions about the Leadership for Life Program can be directed to Camden County 4-H Agent Sharon Kinsey at 856-216-7130, ext. 2 or kinsey@njaes.rutgers.edu or Jeannette Rea Keywood at 609-827-0199 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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