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4-H Program - Focus Areas

4-H programming focuses on three priority areas called mission mandates. They are SET: Science, Engineering and Technology; Healthy Living; and Citizenship. The three mission mandates align with the research and programming efforts of USDA and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Visit the links below to find out more about these key priority areas for the 4-H youth development program.

Citizenship“Citizenship is acting with informed concern for self and others through exercising of one’s rights, duties, and responsibilities as a citizen of society.” -National 4-H Council

Since it began, 4-H has placed emphasis on the importance of young people being engaged, well-informed citizens. By connecting to their communities and leaders, youth understand their role in civic affairs and are able to expand their role in decision-making processes. Civic engagement provides the foundation that helps youth understand the big picture of life and learn the skill sets that will allow them to become wise leaders for the 21st century. Citizenship development is a basic part of 4-H, and is reflected in many projects and activities conducted by 4-H members and their leaders.

Citizenship Projects. . .

  • Leadership and Personal Development - Acquire life skills to become an active responsible member of one’s family, community, state, nation, or international group
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement – Gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and motivation that give youth the capacity to move beyond one's individual self-interest and to be committed to the well-being of some larger group.
  • Communication and Expressive Arts – Develop artistic expression and communication; includes photography, theatre, filmmaking, public speaking, and visual arts.
  • Community/Volunteer Service – Plan and participate in meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to help young people learn caring, leadership and citizenship.

Outreach Programs Available. . .

Character Counts - 1 Hour Session Outline (PDF)
Character Counts - 4 Hour Session Outline (PDF)

For more information on 4-H Citizenship
New Jersey 4-H Citizenship Project
National 4-H - Citizenship

Healthy Living

Get Moving Get Healthy with New Jersey 4-H.Health, the fourth H of the 4-H clover has been a part of 4-H since its early beginnings. The physical, mental and emotional health of today’s youth is again at a crossroad. Programs that promote healthy living practices are essential for young people to establish habits that will assure healthy and productive lives into adulthood. 4-H has become a national leader in health-related educational issues including chemical health, mental and emotional health, foods and nutrition, physical health, and safety.

Healthy Living Projects. . .

  • Foods and Nutrition - Learn to plan, select, and prepare nutritious, attractive, and well-balanced meals.
  • Health and Fitness – Develop habits for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Personal Safety – Gain and practice skills to avoid harmful situations, handle emergencies, deal with stresses and pressures, and coping and resiliency.

Outreach Programs Available. . .

Get Moving, Get Healthy
Foods – 6 Easy Bites
Health Rocks

For more information on 4-H Healthy Living
New Jersey 4-H Healthy Living Project
National 4-H - Healthy Living

Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET)

4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) InitiativeThe 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Initiative is the 4-H program’s response to our nation’s and state’s concern for improving human capacity and workforce abilities in the areas of science, engineering, and technology (SET). It combines non-formal education with hands-on inquiry-based learning, in a youth development context, to increase literacy and engage youth in improving their knowledge, skills and abilities in science, engineering and technology. 4-H SET combines the strengths of 4-H non-formal experiential-based delivery modes and strong youth-adult partnerships to address SET content as defined by the National Science Education Standards.

A 4-H SET experience is a program that is framed in science, engineering, and technology concepts and based on national science education standards. It intentionally targets the development of SET knowledge, skills, and abilities. Additionally, it integrates the Essential Elements and engages participants in inquiry-based learning, allowing them to build deeper understanding from the learning experiences.

SET Projects. . .

For more information on 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology
New Jersey 4-H SET Project
National 4-H - Science Programs

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