June 23, 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 609-898-0928, ext. 11 or by email at reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

New Jersey 4-H Members to Attend 4-H Leadership Program

Sixteen 4‑H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 4th annual 4‑H Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) Conference. This leadership conference will be held July 17–21 at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a 4‑H leadership development program for 4‑H members entering grades 7–9. Youth from across the nation will be participating in this 5–day event (Monday–Friday). The program will provide an opportunity for youth to listen to motivational speakers and participate in workshops that will develop communication skills, increase leadership capacity and build lifetime skills.

The program will utilize Washington, D.C. as a working classroom to learn about leadership and provides hands–on opportunities for our younger teens to promote "Learn to Lead Now – Better Leaders Tomorrow."

The New Jersey delegates representing nine (9) counties attending this year's conference are:

  • Bergen County: Leah Welch and Brett Pietrowicz
  • Burlington County: Cody McBride
  • Camden County: Savannah Brannan
  • Cumberland County: Larsen Del Collo, Alexis Hider, and Emily Hyson
  • Hunterdon County: Christina Piparo and Jacob VanDoren
  • Morris County: Kristin Osika
  • Passaic County: Isabella Sardina
  • Salem County: Shannon Emmett and Alexandra Gieswein
  • Somerset County: Dale Brochinsky, Gianna Casey, and Ben Strasser

"The LWF Conference is a great opportunity for young people to become better leaders as they experience our nation's capital in a unique and inspiring way that will leave them with the experience of a lifetime and the skills to shape a better future." says Jeannette Rea Keywood, State 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, 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 Program visit the 4‑H 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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