What is 4-H?
4-H is an informal, practical educational program for youth. It is the youth development program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the off-campus division of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station of Rutgers University. 4-H is where there's fun in learning and learning is fun!
4-H is the Youth Development program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. There are a variety of 4-H programs provided by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County.
Clubs are the foundation of the 4-H program. 4-H has no membership registration fee. Uniforms are not required. A 4-H club is a group of five or more youngsters guided by one or more adult volunteer leaders. A club can be any size - from a small group of kids from one neighborhood to a larger club consisting of youth from all over the county. A 4-H Club usually concentrates on one or more projects such as gardening, woodworking, small animals, food and nutrition, karate, photography, etc. 4-H members build leadership by electing officers and conducting their own business meetings; work together on community service activities; meet new friends; and most important, have lots of fun. Click on the link below to see the clubs currently offered in Monmouth County.
4-H Youth-Led Solutions to Real World Problems
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4-H reaches youth through a variety of methods:
- Organized Clubs
- School Enrichment Programs
- After School 4-H Clubs
- Special Interest/Short Term Programs
- Camping Programs
There are no fees for participation in 4-H. 4-H Youth Development programs are offered to all youth grades K-13, without regard to race, sex, disability or handicap,color, national origin, religion, or age.
Funding and support are provided by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; U.S. Department of Agriculture and County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
4-H clubs consist of CLOVERBUD CLUBS (grades K-3) and STANDARD 4-H CLUBS (grades 4-13). Some clubs involve CLOVERBUD and STANDARD 4-H club level members.
Some 4-H clubs are SPECIFIC SUBJECT clubs in which each club primarily covers a specific activity area (e.g. - horse club, rabbit club, rocketry club, etc...) Other 4-H clubs are VARIETY SUBJECT clubs in which each club introduces 4-H'ers to many different activity areas such as crafts, animal science, nature study, etc. Youth can pursue individual subjects that they are interested in - there does not have to be a club named for that activity.