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4-H Youth Development

4-H is a place where young people have many opportunities to build confidence, learn responsibility, and develop skills that will last them a lifetime. It’s a place where youth make friends and share interests, ranging from building robots to raising rabbits, from designing web pages to landscape design. It’s a place where youth work together to make a positive difference in their community, and adult volunteers make a powerful difference in the lives of young people. Get involved in the 4-H community and make a lasting difference!


  • 4-H Talent Show
    The annual 4-H Talent Show will be here soon! Mark your calendars for June 25th (registration & practice), July 22nd (mandatory rehearsal), and August 9th (Talent Show). All 4-H members are encouraged to participate.


  • 2014 4-H Fair Vendor Contract
    Vendor contract for 4H Fair to be held August 7, 8 and 9, 2014.


  • 2014 4-H Open Show Series
    the dates for the 2014 Open Horse Shows sponsored by Atlantic County 4-H Horse Council have been set and 4-H members are selling sponsorships to local businesses and equine enthusiasts. The Show Series provides funding to offset registration fees for horse project members participating in NJ 4-H horse education competitions - Horse Bowl, Hippology, Judging, Public Speaking - and national events if selected.


  • 4-H/Be Unlimited Mentor Program - Mentors Needed
    4H & Be Unlimited are partnering together to benefit the youth of Atlantic City. We will be taking on 120 students from the area and providing them with a mentor to help guide their way through life.

    The youth will be attending once a week life lesson meetings with a teacher in an after school program setting.

    We will have a Family Night for all of the youth and their families. This will give them a chance to learn together.

    The mentors are asked to keep in contact with their youth on a weekly basis, either on the phone, through emails or in person. The mentors will be there to help and engage the students.
    Please contact 609-625-0056 or email for more information on a great opportunity.

  • Atlantic County 4-H Fair
    The Atlantic County 4-H Fair is back August 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2014, on the David C. Wood 4-H Fairgrounds. Bring your entire family to the barns to visit the variety of farm animals, and drop by the main building with photography, model railroad, robotics, fine arts, and other home arts displays, or stop by to watch the various tractor exhibits. There are rides, food, and vendors at the 4-H Fair, too!

    Schedule of Events

4-H Youth Development uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world.

This is accomplished through a variety of hands-on learning activities and by using the knowledge and resources of the land-grant university system, along with the involvement of caring adults.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is open to all young people in kindergarten through one year out of high school (Grades K-13). 4-H professionals train adult and teen volunteers who are responsible for teaching, mentoring, and guiding 4-H youth.

With a youth to adult volunteer ratio of 10:1, young people have the opportunity to develop a strong, positive relationship with a caring adult. Research suggests that this may be one of the most important factors for positive youth development.

4-H provides positive youth development through the Essential Elements of Youth Development connected to the 4-H pledge:

I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking…
          Opportunities for INDEPENDENCE

  • Through 4-H leadership opportunities, youth mature in self-discipline and responsibility, learn to better understand themselves, and become independent thinkers.
  • Youth need to know they can influence people and events through decision-making and action.

I pledge my HEART to greater loyalty…
         Opportunities for BELONGING

  • Current research emphasizes the importance for youth to have opportunities for long-term, consistent relationships with peers and adults other than parents.
  • Youth need to know they are cared about by others and feel a sense of connection to others in the group. 4-H gives opportunities to feel physically and emotionally safe while actively participating in a group.

I pledge my HANDS to larger service…
          Opportunities for GENEROSITY

  • By participating in community service and citizenship activities, youth connect to communities and learn to give back.
  • Youth need to feel their lives have meaning and purpose.

I pledge my HEALTH to better living…
          Opportunities for MASTERY

  • By exploring 4-H projects and activities, youth master skills to make positive life and career choices.
  • Youth need to know they can influence people and events through decision-making and action.

. . .For my club, my community, my county, and my world.


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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.