Leadership for Life Program

New Jersey 4‑H members in grades 9-11 who are members in good standing are invited to participate in a multi-level leadership program called the Leadership for Life Program.

Adapted from Ireland's youth development program Foróige, the Leadership for Life Program is based on theories and principles of youth work, leadership development, and leadership styles.

Offered in three sequential modules, this program is aimed at equipping young people to explore their vision and passion and to develop such key skills as: planning, decision making, critical thinking, goal setting, and problem solving.

Each module consists of 10-15 hours of educational workshops with topics serving as a bridge from one level to the next. Modules 1, 2, and 3 will be offered in the 2021-2022 4‑H year and the opportunity to apply for the Advanced Module will be available in winter 2022.

Members must complete Modules 1 and 2 before they are eligible to complete Module 3. The Advanced Module is held during a 9-day travel experience to the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference at the University of Ireland in Maynooth, Ireland.

Overview of the Leadership for Life Program Curriculum

Each module addresses various aspects of leadership and personal development.

Module 1 enables participants to explore what leadership is and the type of leaders they would like to be. The module focuses on core leadership skills such as communication, problem solving, self-awareness, values and action planning.

Module 2 enables participants to work with others to achieve a leadership goal. The module focuses on how leadership can have a positive impact on society by tackling both local and global issues. Module 2 also focuses on research skills, conflict resolution, critical thinking and exploring leadership styles.

Module 3 (LEADing Through Service) enables participants to put into practice their learning from previous modules by actively engaging in a community action project of their choice, keeping a learning journal of their experiences, and presenting a portfolio upon completion. 4‑H members completing Module 3 will plan and conduct a service project upon independently. It is required that Module 3 is completed prior to attending the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference for the Advanced Leadership Module.

The Advanced Module is offered at the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference in Ireland. This module enables participants to explore vision and strategies for overcoming challenges, ethics and values in relation to leadership, and work with youth from Ireland and other countries to utilize the leadership skills they have learned in Modules 1-3 to identify social issues and propose solutions and methods for addressing them.

Questions about the Leadership for Life Program can be directed to Camden County 4-H Agent Sharon Kinsey (sbkinsey@njaes.rutgers.edu).

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