September 12, 2017

News Release

For Immediate Release

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

Ten Reasons to Join 4-H

4‑H, the largest informal youth development organization, empowers nearly six million young people across the United States, through experiences that develop critical life skills. During the first full week of October (October 1–7), the 4‑H Youth Development Program will be celebrating National 4‑H Week. 4‑H creates supportive environments for culturally diverse youth to reach their fullest potential and grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow.

The top 10 reasons to JOIN 4‑H are...develop skills to succeed in the workplace; improve goal–setting and decision-making skills; become a community leader; go to 4‑H Citizenship–Washington Focus, National 4‑H Conference or National 4‑H Congress; learn to care for and make decisions about the environment; meet kids from across the country; participate in county-wide events; learn about citizenship and how it works; learn new things and have lots of fun in 4‑H!

All of this and more is possible in 4‑H if you are in grades K–13 (one year out of high school). Each individual uses his or her talents to create unique experiences through the 4‑H program. Young people participate in 4‑H through clubs, special interest groups, after school programs, camps and in many other ways.

Youth involved with 4‑H have the opportunity to develop and strengthen life skills. This includes workforce, decision-making and leadership skills, which are crucial to succeeding in today's society. Youth are able to develop these skills through their commitment to community whether through a service project or a committee that tackles critical societal issues. Ultimately, young people gain beneficial lifetime experiences through 4‑H.

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, visit the New Jersey 4‑H website at www.nj4h.rutgers.edu

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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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