November 4, 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 Teens to Attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia

Eighteen 4‑H teens from throughout New Jersey have been selected to attend National 4‑H Congress scheduled for November 24-28 in Atlanta, Georgia.

National 4‑H Congress is the premiere educational and recognition event for the 4‑H youth development program. For more than 95 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in this youth leadership development conference. Congress provides youth, ages 14-19, a quality educational and cross-cultural experience. The program combines a variety of sessions, seminars, discussion groups and a service learning experience for the delegates. The nation's most outstanding community leaders, speakers and educators present current and timely information.

The New Jersey delegates attending National 4‑H Congress representing nine (9) counties are:

  • Bergen County: Dustin Glynn
  • Burlington County: Ashlynn Sharkus
  • Cumberland County: Devon Godfrey, Jacob Newkirk, and Jillian Tozer
  • Gloucester County: Alana Day, Claudia Harding, and Shyanna Thomason
  • Hunterdon County: Olivia Arena, Joseph Coppola, and Keegan Sahlin
  • Middlesex County: Meghna Sarmah, Isha Thaper, and Amy Zavecz
  • Monmouth County: Shayna Cohen
  • Somerset County: Kirsten Clerico and Kara Johnson
  • Sussex County: Madeline Teitsma

"The 4‑H members selected to attend this leadership and recognition event have demonstrated outstanding achievement as a 4‑H member in the areas of leadership, citizenship and personal development. National 4‑H Congress provides a life-changing experience for youth to meet 4‑H members from across America, as they participate in educational workshops focusing on diversity, cultural experiences, leadership, team building and personal development" says Jeannette Rea Keywood, State 4‑H Agent and National 4‑H Events Coordinator.

The theme for 2017 event is "Be True, Be You." The conference will focus on the Cooperative Extension System's belief that young people can be significant partners in addressing the issues that face our nation, especially those affecting youth. The educational programs were developed for National Congress by a design team of youth and adults from around the country. Exciting recreational and networking opportunities for the teens will be included in the itinerary as well as a cultural evening where they engage in a variety of forms of the arts at the Atlanta History Center. Other wonderful venues in Atlanta will also available to the youth such as Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Zoo, CNN Center, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Aquarium and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center.

Community service is an important part of National 4‑H Congress. During the "Day of Service", the National 4‑H Congress delegates will be assigned a variety of community service projects in the Atlanta metro area. On Monday morning, each 4‑H member will have the opportunity to help others in a variety of ways and experience really what it is like to be a catalyst for positive change.

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 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 Program, administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit the 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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