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.
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.
New Mexico State University has created an app that will allow you to log and track information for your project animal. You can enter information such as your animal’s weight and the amount of feed as well as income, expenses and assets.This is information that will be included in your project record books.
The app allows you to photograph your animal and log information that can later be exported or printed.
The app has currently been developed for iOS, so if you have an iPhone or iPad you can download it from their App Store.
To learn more about this app, click here.
(If you have an Android device, and think they should develop an Android app, email them.)
The Sussex County Regal Rabbits Show Group is hosting a Rabbit and Cavy Invitational show on Saturday March 7th. This show is open to all 4-H members in surrounding counties and states. We would like to invite you attend our show and show your animals and support for our Sussex County 4-H.
Citizenship Washington Focus is a citizenship and leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school age youth. The program is run for six consecutive weeks during the summer months. It is held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. Using Washington, D.C. as a working classroom delegates learn about the government, citizenship and civic education.
New Jersey 4-H sends 30-40 4-H members and 3-4 adult advisers to Citizenship Washington Focus each year. The learning takes place through energetic workshops, special appointed committees, appropriate field trips (including visits with congressional representatives) and fun social events. Citizenship Washington Focus is a total Washington, D.C. experience.
There are approximately 200 4-H members representing 6-8 different states at the 4-H center during one week of CWF. The cost for the week is approximately $850, which includes registration, lodging, transportation, all activities, and most meals. There are local scholarships available to participants through their county 4-H program. Participants may only attend this event one time during their 4-H career. All interested 4-H members must be in the 9-12 grade at the time of application and must go through a local selection process. For further information about attending as a New Jersey delegate contact your county 4-H office (email Dave Foord).
Applications are due on March 1 for the conference in July.
Opportunities are also available for college students to attend the program as Program Assistants. The Program Assistants are assigned to state delegations and run the workshops, act as tour guides and hosts. Compensation is provided along with room and board. Contact the National 4-H Council for details or 301-961-2800.
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!
You are invited to participate in the 8th annual North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference. All 4-H members in grades 8 – 13 are invited to join their fellow 4-Hers for a weekend long teen conference that will be held March 13-15, 2015 at the Regency House Hotel in Pompton Plains, NJ. http://www.regencyhousehotel.com.
A group of dedicated teens have partnered with adult volunteers and 4-H staff to plan and implement this conference. The theme for this conference is 4-H World’s Fair and will focus on ways to learn about other countries and cultures, foods from around the world, and help build goals for the future.
For more information on the 2015 North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference (NJTC), including:
The deadline for registration items to be returned to your county 4-H office is Friday, January 30th.
If you have concerns about the cost of the conference, please contact your 4-H Office for information regarding scholarship opportunities.
When sending in your registration form, please include the completed forms marked with an asterisk (*) above and your payment made out to your county 4-H account as indicated by your 4-H staff person. ANY INCOMPLETE INFORMATION ON FORMS WILL RESULT IN YOU NOT BEING REGISTERED. Please make sure that all forms are completed and signed.
I hope you consider attending the 8th Annual NJTC. This conference is guaranteed to be an exciting and worthwhile event. If you have any questions please contact the Sussex County 4-H Office.
It’s time to begin preparing for 4-H public presentations! All Sussex County 4-H members are encouraged to develop a public presentation on a topic of their choice. This is a great opportunity for 4-H’ers to learn something new, develop a presentation and share it with fellow members. Developing presentation skills now will benefit all members later in life. Public speaking is a vital component of professional life.
Presentations may be made at the club or county level. Members who plan to participate at the county level may schedule their presentation for one of four Friday nights in March. To register for county level presentations, please download, complete and return a registration form.