July 27, 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.

New Jersey 4-H'ers Develop Leadership Skills at Leadership Washington Focus Conference

Sixteen New Jersey 4‑H members are ready to take on the challenges of leadership after experiencing the vibrant, living classroom of the nation's capital as part of Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), an intensive 4‑H leadership development program for middle-school youth held July 17–21 at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The New Jersey delegates who attended the conference were: Leah Welch and Brett Pietrowicz of Bergen County; Cody McBride from Burlington County; Savannah Brannan of Camden County; Larsen Del Collo, Alexis Hider, and Emily Hyson from Cumberland County; Christina Piparo and Jacob VanDoren from Hunterdon County; Kristin Osika of Morris County; Isabella Saradina from Passaic County; Shannon Emmett and Alexandra Gieswein from Salem County; and Dale Brochinsky, Gianna Casey, and Ben Strasser from Somerset County.

LWF provided 4‑H members from across the country with the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC and participate in experiential learning that develops and enhances leadership competency in the four key areas of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and confidence; preparing youth to return home and lead the way toward positive changes in their own communities.

"Leadership Washington Focus provided a valuable learning experience for New Jersey 4‑H Members. Our delegation met 4‑H members from California and Ohio as well as listened to motivational speakers and participated in workshops that developed communication skills, increased leadership capacity and built lifetime skills," 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, 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.

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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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