October 13, 2020

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.

NJ 4‑H to Offer Online Leadership Development Courses Starting November 2

Registration is open for three courses that will be offered starting on November 2 for the Igniting Your Leadership Potential - Certificate in Leadership Development. This is a series of online leadership courses offered by the New Jersey 4‑H Program and taught by faculty members of the Department of 4‑H Youth Development at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Youth in grades 8–13 can register for a variety courses that will provide opportunities to learn about leadership, gain knowledge, sharpen their skills, and prepare to lead.

Youth will earn a digital badge for each course completed and a Certificate in Leadership Development for completing four online courses. The courses meet 1.5 hours per week for four weeks. Youth will log-in once a week for interactive face-to-face instruction and then complete some assignments asynchronously. The cost per course is $25.00. Youth can register for one or more of the courses. Registration is open until October 28 for the three courses to be offered in Fall 2020 including:

  • The Voice of Leadership - This course introduces youth to communication and its importance to leadership, as well as allows them to create personal leadership messages they can apply to their own leadership roles. Earn a digital badge in Leadership and Personal Development upon completion. This course is scheduled for every Monday in November (Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 23) from 7:00–8:30 pm.
  • Launching into Leadership - Learn the basic principles of leadership, along with practical strategies for becoming a better leader. Earn a digital badge in Leadership Development upon completion. This course is scheduled for every Tuesday in November (Nov. 3,10,17, & 24) from 7:00–8:30 pm.
  • Leading through Service - Become versed in the leadership skills necessary to plan and conduct a service learning project. Youth will learn how to perform community mapping, form a problem statement, brainstorm ideas, plan a project using achievable goals, consider the challenges, and then put their plan into action. Earn a digital badge in Leadership and Civic Engagement upon completion. This course is scheduled for Thursday evening (Nov. 5, 12, 19, & Dec. 3) from 7:00–8:30 pm.

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 Igniting Your Leadership Potential - Certificate in Leadership Development program or course registration visit: nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/igniting-your-leadership-potential

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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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