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Three Sussex County Teen Council Members Participate in CWF

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 inCWF 2015 Group Photo (2) their communities.

3 Sussex 4-H Members Participate in Leadership Conference

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.


On November 29th 17 4-H clubs braved the cold to participate in the annual Newton Chamber of Commerce Holiday parade! All Star Rabbits, Awesome Alpaca Adventurers, Breeders & Feeders, Bunnies n Buddies, Capricians, Furry Friends, Goats Galore, Kids in the Kitchen, Little Critters, Little Pocket Pets, Loping Life, Merry-Go-Riders,  Side Kicks, Shelton’s Shooters, Sussex County K9 Frenzy, Sussex County Lego, and Sussex County Milkmakers!