September 26, 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

Local Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week

New Jersey 4‑H members will join almost six million youth nationwide in observing National 4‑H Week, October 1–7.

4‑H is a community of young people across America who learn and develop leadership, citizenship and life skills. Building on this, 4‑H'ers will continue to be involved in serving their communities. Through 4‑H programs, young people combine their concerns with practical skills so they can make a difference. Working together and having a good time through 4‑H encourages youth to make volunteering a lifelong habit.

The 4‑H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through one year out of high school wherever they live. Programs are conducted in the over 3,100 counties of the United States, the District of Columbia and six territories.

Since its beginning over 100 years ago, over 60 million Americans from all walks of life have been involved in 4‑H. In addition, some 50 countries around the world have youth programs similar to 4‑H.

4‑H thrives because of a unique partnership with the public and private sectors who contribute at the local, state and national level. Not only does this partnership include financial support, but many business people volunteer their time and talents to boys and girls. Support at the local level is received through the help of many businesses, financial institutions, civic organizations and service groups.

For more information on how you can become involved in 4‑H as a member or volunteer leader contact the 4‑H Office in the county in which you live or visit the New Jersey 4‑H website at:


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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