September 7, 2018

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

4-H…A Rich Tradition and Foundation for the Future

4‑H has long enjoyed a reputation of program excellence in the traditional areas of agriculture, life sciences and consumer sciences. Alumni also credit 4‑H with public speaking and leadership skills. Today, 4‑H is also at the forefront of contemporary issues like workforce preparedness; science, engineering and technology; and environmental stewardship. By taking part in 4‑H, young people gain academic and interpersonal skills that provide a foundation for their future.

4‑H is the Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. The 4‑H program's roots are in the girls' canning clubs and boys' corn clubs, which were started in the early 1900's to help increase farm yields and provide safe food for families.

Today's 4‑H families live everywhere – in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas. With more than 100 projects and activities from which to choose, all youth, regardless of place of residence or family status, can find an interest in 4‑H.

The four H's stand for HEAD, HEART, HANDS and HEALTH. With this focus on the total development of young people, 4‑H continues to prepare youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school) to be responsible, capable citizens. Having fun while learning is an important part of 4‑H, as well as being with friends-whether they are new friends, old friends or friends of another generation.

As 4‑H celebrates National 4‑H Week (October 7-13), the New Jersey 4‑H Program is looking for young people who like to learn new things, develop new skills, travel to new places and make new friends. Also, adult volunteers are needed to help youth enjoy these new experiences. 4‑H offers educational programs to all youth in 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. To learn more about 4‑H, contact the 4‑H Office in your county 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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