Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station | [Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County]

Outreach and Training - 4-H Special Interest & Afterschool Programs

All children, youth, and families have the right to access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities. In 4-H, we believe that these experiences are essential to the healthy development of children and youth, who then can become effective and capable members of society. The benefits of special interest and afterschool programs are young people participating in engaging, exciting programs while developing valuable skills with lifelong value.

Atlantic County 4-H helps other youth serving organizations create and improve programs for youth and students in communities across the county. Partnering and recruiting from the community can lead to a program’s sustainability as there is a direct investment in the success of the program and community. The 4-H Youth Development program has a long history of successfully utilizing adult volunteers to deliver programs that meet the needs of youth.

We can provide special themed programs designed for 1-2 hour sessions taught over a period of 6 to 8 weeks OR training to an organization’s staff, volunteers, and/or parents.

Design It and Explore It Science Programs

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development and the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities, are proud to offerDesign It and Explore it! These are engaging, inquiry based, and fun STEM programs designed specifically for afterschool. These comprehensive and high-quality programs were developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Boston and the National Partnerships for After School Science (NPASS) through support of the National Science Foundation.

Character Education

4-H uses the resources created by the Josephson Institute to teach the Six Pillars of Character as part of CHARACTER COUNTS!SM. This program may be presented directly to youth or the adults that work with them. There are several activities for each of the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. CHARACTER COUNTS!SM is the most widely implemented approach to character education.

Digital Filmmaking

Challenge your creative and technical skills! Using notebook computers, digital camcorders, and simple editing software, workshop participants will work in teams of three to plan, shoot, edit, and present short digital films. Presenters will share sample student projects, suggested resources, and ideas for incorporating this type of project-based learning in the classroom, after-school sites, a summer day camp, and other youth development programs.

Get Moving – Get Healthy

Get Moving – Get Healthy is a joint program of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Community Health Sciences. The activity-based curriculum may be used as a workshop, school or after-school enrichment program, or as a display at a health fair. It may also be incorporated into a larger youth development program focused on healthy living –such as training content for preparing teen Food and Fitness Ambassadors. All of the activities promote healthy eating and physical activity.

R.I.S.E. – Respect and Integrity through Skills and Education

R.I.S.E. is a unique career exploration program that is SCANS based, uses hands-on learning techniques, and focuses on contextual learning. R.I.S.E. can serve as a focal point for any community striving to provide the tools that encourage youth to identify and achieve their dreams. The program is composed of Life Skills, Career Exploration, and Employability.

Other Workplace Readiness & Entrepreneur are also available utilizing various researched programs.

Safe Sitter Training

Atlantic County 4-H is a popular provider of Safe Sitter (babysitting) training for youth. 4-H currently works with several townships (recreation departments) and hospitals to deliver this training to those interested in becoming a Safe Sitter. The multi-day program introduces youth to all aspects of babysitting, including age appropriate activities and safety considerations.

Service Learning

Service learning is a strategy that integrates community needs, intentional learning objectives, and structured opportunities for reflection. Service-Learning projects take community service or volunteer projects to the next level by emphasizing both service and learning to create a more meaningful experience for youth.


4-H offers a variety of teambuilding options for youth and adults. 4-H staff can provide portable group initiative activities for your organization in any setting, or you may bring your team to our 4-H Center for an outdoor experience. All activities promote effective teamwork – with a focus on leadership, communication, trust, patience, and safety.

Urban Agriculture

Atlantic County 4-H is supporting sustainable communities and sustainable commons through our Urban Ag Initiative and work with AtlantiCare Community Gardens. In this program, youth learn about gardening, entrepreneurship and service. Youth participants will be trained on maintaining and harvesting the garden, encouraged to try new recipes, challenged to think of entrepreneur ventures related to urban ag, and will work as a team to identify a need to plan and implement a community service project.


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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.