Calling all High School Students-
Are you interested in global issues related to food security? Issues varying from sustainable agriculture to human rights, from plant science to foreign aid? Would you like to take an active role in identifying solutions to food security issues? If so, become a student leader in the global fight against huger! Don’t miss the New Jersey Youth Institute (part of The World Food Prize) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – March 4, 2016!
At this exciting day-long event, participating high school students (8th – 12th graders) have the opportunity to:
• Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts;
• Connect with other student leaders from across New Jersey to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;
• Interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy;
• Take part in educational sessions and interactive tours at Rutgers University to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences; and
• Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in New Jersey working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
To participate in the New Jersey Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a three page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor (using the downloadable guidelines). Each teacher or mentor must register their participating students online and submit each student’s research paper online by February 1, 2016. Eighth through twelfth grade students in the 2015/16 school year are eligible to apply.
Papers will be evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers (based on an evaluation rubric).
There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute and lunch will be provided the day of the event. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in New Brunswick, NJ.
The New Jersey Youth Institute is hosted by the State University of New Jersey with the generous support of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Jersey FFA, New Jersey 4-H, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
Visit the webpage for more details (including instructions, sample papers, the evaluation rubric and a link to the registration site) – http://www.worldfoodprize.org/en/youth_programs/global_youth_institute/new_jersey/. Be sure to check out the list of opportunities available to NJ Youth Institute participants.
Questions about participating in the New Jersey Youth Institute should be directed to the State Coordinator Dr. Laura Lawson at email@example.com or call at 848-932-8010.
It may seem too early to be thinking of holiday wreaths, but that time is quickly approaching, but the Sussex County 4-H Foundation Annual Wreath Sale is currently underway. The sale of these wreaths benefit Sussex County 4-Hers though the following ways.
4-H Foundation Scholarship
Last year the Foundation awarded 19 scholarships. The cost for these exceeded profits from the wreath sale. In order to continue the current level of funding for scholarships ($500), clubs need to participate in the sale.
Participation in National 4-H Events
A number of our 4-H members have qualified to participate or compete in national 4-H events. Funding from the Foundation helps members offset some participation costs.
Additionally, those clubs that sell wreaths receive $1 for each 12” wreath (decorated or un-decorated) and $5 for each 36” wreath sold.
If you are interested in purchasing a wreath you can though a 4-H club you know or the 4-H office (973) 948-3040.
Many thanks to you and 4-H club members participating in this year’s wreath sale to helping to raise funds to support the growth and education of our members!
Friday, November 17 will be the last day wreath order forms will be accepted at the 4-H Office.
Order can be:
or mail to
c/o Sussex County 4-H Foundation
1 Spring Street
Newton, NJ 07860
More information and order forms can be found at link below:
Club’s Wreath pickup will be Saturday, November 21 from 9-11 at the 4-H Shotwell Building, and clubs will distribute purchased wreaths shortly there after.
Sussex County 4-H will again be hosting Halloween Happenings. It is being held Saturday, October 24th from 5 to 8 pm. Since last year was a wonderful success at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, we will again be holding it there this year. We know many will disappointed that it is not being held again the 4-H Camp, but since we feel it is everyone’s best interest and safety to again hold it at the fairgrounds due to the size that the event has grown to. This continues to be a very fun and popular event for our members, but also introduces the public to 4-H. The event continues to be full of fun filled activities and is open at no charge to 4-H members, as well as the public.
Sussex 4-H Families and clubs have supported Halloween Happenings through volunteering.
Areas we are in need of volunteers are:
Hosting a Booth for Halloween Happenings
A 4-H club or family may volunteer to host a both at Halloween Happenings (HH). This involves decorating the booth like area for Halloween. 4-H members from the club(s) may opt to dress to complement the decoration theme. Each booth provides treats to visitors as part of a trick-or-treat trail. Think of this in terms of a ‘trunk or treat’ but minus the trunk. Last year those that did this used pop-up canopies and tables to decorate a space.
During HH we will be offer crafts and small activities in the Shotwell Building. These have included things such as face painting and pumpkin painting. If you or members in your club would like to help with or lead a new craft or activity, please sign-up or let us know.
Teenage 4-H members and adults can help to direct visitors to the appropriate parking areas. (Given this is not the most fun, we try to rotate teens to other stations during the evening.)
Teenage 4-H members can help lightly scare those on the hay rides that will be “haunted”. Early (daylight) rides will not include scaring, and may be appropriate for younger children. Later rides will include some scaring (with supervision from 4-H volunteers).
Baked Goods and Candy
We provide free baked goods and treats to visitors. Some have gotten very creative baking Halloween themed treats, but brownies, cookies and Rice Krispie ® treats are always well received! We also try to provide extra bags of candy to all the booths that have set up to off set the cost to them. If you or your club would like to provide some of these, please sign up or let us know.
A sign-up sheet has been set up online. To sign up, click here.
If you have any question please feel free to contact the 4-H office (973) 948-3040.
2015-16 Ag Ambassador Contest Announcement
New Jersey Agricultural Ambassador contest is a state level contest involving representatives from all of New Jersey’s counties. Those who are single male or female between the ages of 16 and 21 years old have the opportunity to apply to represent Sussex County at this event! Those interested must be 16 years of age prior to November 1.
The contestant from each county will be required to submit an essay. The topic for this year’s contest is What Agriculture Means to Me. (Note: You do not have to submit an essay unless you are selected to represent Sussex County.) The contest will include an interview. Contestants will be judged on their presence, their public speaking and knowledge of New Jersey’s agricultural and its agricultural fairs. Contestants should also be prepared to make a three minute speech on How I plan on representing New Jersey’s Agricultural Fairs should I be chosen Ambassador….
The State contest will be held Sunday, November 1st (time and location details to be announced).
If you are interested in competing to be New Jersey’s Agricultural Ambassador, please send a letter stating your interest and intent as to why you think you’d be a good ambassador for agriculture in Sussex County to Joan Smith, President Agricultural Division, New Jersey State Fair ®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.
Letters should be sent to:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the Fair Office.
New Jersey State Fair
P.O. Box 2456
Branchville, NJ 07826
ATTN: Joan Smith
The deadline to let Mrs Smith know Thursday, October 1st.
New Jersey 4-H Members learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 30 youth and 3 adult chaperones attended week 6 of the conference from July 5-11, 2015.
The delegates from Sussex County attending this year’s conference were Garrett Hollar, Noah Maruska, and Madeline Teitsma. All three are members of the Sussex County 4-H Teen Council.
For the past 57 years, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center has invited 4-H members from across the country to travel to Washington, DC and participate in civic workshops, committees, and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. CWF not only strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, but it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills, and overall confidence.
During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with Members of Congress to learn more about how their government works. At the end of the program, youth develop action plans to address important issues in their communities.
69 4-H members representing 18 counties participated in the 4-H Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference held recently at Rutgers University.
Aaron Dunn, Logan Gervald and Will Teitsma were the 3 Sussex County 4-H members who participated in the leadership conference. All three are members of Shelton’s Shooters Shooting Sports 4-H club.
In today’s world, human productivity and success are a result of leadership skills and abilities. Leadership is an essential life skill to develop in both youth. Although every young person has some leadership potential, the skills necessary to be a leader do not necessarily develop in the natural course of life.
The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference provided an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops, hands-on activities and guest speakers. In addition, conference participants met 4-H’ers from across New Jersey; made new friends and gained valuable life skills including understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, decision making, and working with groups.
Mason Gross Extension Division is pleased to offer a discounted rate to 4-Hers who would like to participate in the Mason Gross High School Musical Theatre Academy. 4H members who are accepted will receive a standard 25% tuition discount. Students who demonstrate financial need may receive up to 50% tuition discount. Payment plans are available as well. All interested students must pass the RHSMTA audition on June 13, 2015. Those who are accepted must commit to full program participation. There is no fee for students to audition.
Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy Auditions
The Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy is an exciting new program that aims to provide talented high school students from the tri-state area with the skills needed to excel in the professional world of musical theater. Students will undergo rigorous training in dance (jazz and ballet), voice, acting, and stage performance. Additionally, conservatory students will receive audition and industry coaching as well as technical feedback from New York theater professionals. At the end of the semester, students will perform in an original performance showcase where industry executives including talent agents and casting directors will be invited to attend!
When: Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Where: Mason Gross School of the Arts, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Age: 8th Grade – 12th Grade
Program Tuition: $1,350; Scholarships and financial aid available; Payment plans available
All participants must register for auditions in order to be considered!
What to Prepare
Participants should bring:
• A headshot or recent picture
• A resume detailing your performance credits & training
• Two contrasting songs: one ballad and one up-tempo song.
• Appropriate dance attire to allow freedom of movement, as well as ballet or jazz shoes. (Jeans and hard-sole shoes are not
• permitted.)If you would like to demonstrate your tap skills, please also bring your tap shoes.
Click the link below for the official Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy audition flyer:
RHSMTA Audition Flyer
For more information about the program can be found on the program website: http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/extension/RHSMTA
The Sparta Elks are hosting a 4th of July Community Parade and has invited Sussex County 4-H Clubs to participate. The parade is scheduled to take place Saturday July 4, 2015. The parade will begin approx. 10am, but participates are asked to arrive at the start holding area no later than 9 am. Entry applications are due in to the Elks by June 22, 2015. If you are interested in attending you can contact the 4-H office or at the follow the following: http://spartaelks.org/parade.html for more information and/or for the entry application.
Our Shelton Shooters 4-H Shooting Shorts Club had this to share with us:
On April 18th the 4H group, Shelton shooters had a road side clean up in Montague. We are happy to report that there was a very large turnout. Almost all of the participating members of the group came to the cleanup. We collected a total of six bags of garbage and 4 bags of recycling. The group did not mind much that it was very hot for the cleanup. I guess the reason would be that we just came out of such a cold long winter (thank gosh spring is here!!!). So a special thanks goes out to the all the parents and Shelton shooters club members for making it a successful road side cleanup.
Sussex County 4-H Cooperative Extension now has a Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/926929520682935/ Please join our page.
We’ll be using the Facebook page to post about things that are important to Sussex County 4-Hers, as well as their major accomplishments. We’ll post about events and news happening in 4-H in Sussex County, as well as, at the national and state 4-H level. Reminders about events deadlines that effect our Sussex County 4-Her will also be posted, as well as, opportunities to volunteer at events.
Clubs can also use this page to share information that is 4-H related. Feel free to brag a little about your club and their accomplishments. Share what you club is working on, a project your excited about, or upcoming fundraisers and events.
So please click the link above and request to join the NEW Sussex County 4-H Cooperative Extension Facebook group.