June 20, 2017

News Release

For Immediate Release

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media may contact Jeannette Rea Keywood of the Rutgers 4‑H Youth Development Program by phone at 609-827-0199 or by email at reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu

4-H Youth Leadership Institute to Be Held at Rutgers Univeristy

Twenty-six (26) 4‑H members representing eight (8) counties will be participating in the New Jersey 4‑H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute on June 28–29 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

The NJ 4‑H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute will provide an opportunity for middle school age youth to develop leadership and community service knowledge and skills. During the two-day program, the workshops and guest speakers will focus on the topics of local government, leadership, and service learning.

goLEAD (generationOn Leadership, Education, and Development) is an innovative approach to equip middle and high school aged youth with invaluable 21st century skills that will allow them to change themselves and the world through service and is a program of Generation On, a global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world.

4‑H members participating in the New Jersey 4‑H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute include:

  • Burlington County – Leela Colley, Jonathan Francis, and Zachary Lewis
  • Camden County – Charlie Perez, Emily Perez, and Kenikki Thompson
  • Hunterdon County – Mackenzie Snyder and Paige Spinelli
  • Middlesex County – Ryen Ramos, Annabella Sefa, Kathryn Williams
  • Monmouth County – Mary Bryant
  • Morris County – Sierra Durham, Arushi Ghayalod, and Mahi Gupta
  • Somerset County – Kelson Lowrie, Scout Lowrie, Andrew Van Langen, and Allison Yin
  • Sussex County – Kelly Ann Nelson and Will Teitsma

Five teen 4‑H members who have attended the goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute in the past are part of the Youth Planning Team and are assisting 4‑H staff in planning and implementing the event. The Youth Planning Team members are: Brittney Albarran, Savannah Brannan, Scarlett Kinsey, Cavin Saravanan, and Sara Weist.

"Citizenship is one of the 4‑H Mission Mandates so community service is an integral part of every 4‑H member's experience. The goLEAD curriculum will enhance 4‑H members' knowledge about how to go about planning and conducting service projects in their own communities, as well as reflect on the impact they are having on their community." says Jeannette Rea Keywood, 4‑H Agent, Department of 4‑H Youth Development.

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension. 4‑H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K–13 (one year out of high school), on an age–appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the New Jersey 4‑H Youth Development Program visit the website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu. Like New Jersey 4‑H on Facebook.


Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an qual opportunity program provider and employer.

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