Opportunities for Teen Members


Key to Unlocking Financial Aid Seminar

Dates: October 25, 2017

Time: 7 pm – 8:15 pm

Type of Event: County

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Register at  Keys to Unlocking Financial Aid

Description: Rana Slosberg of Slosberg College Solutions LLC will be hosting a free seminar for high school students and their parents. Topics will include:

    • Types and sources of financial aid
    • How to get need-based and/or merit-based aid
    • How to estimate your Expected Family Contribution
    • How the Net Price Calculator can help you
    • College cost considerations
    • Ways to reduce cost, increase funds, get more or better aid

Leadership for Life Program

Dates: November 9-10 (Registration due by 11/1)

Time:   Each Module is 15 hours

Type of Event: State

Location: Module 1: Camden County

Application: Click here.

Module 1 Information: Click here.

Description: New Jersey 4-H members in grades 9-11 who are members in good standing are invited to participate in a new multi-level leadership program called the Leadership for Life Program

Adopted from Ireland’s youth development program Foróige, the Leadership for Life Program is based on theories and principles of youth work, leadership development and leadership styles.

Offered in three sequential modules, the Leadership for Life Program is aimed at equipping young people to explore their vision and passion and to develop such key skills as: planning, decision making, critical thinking, goal setting, and problem solving.

Each module consists of 15 hours of educational workshops with topics serving as a bridge from one level to the next. All three modules (levels) will be offered over the course of one 4-H year and may be completed in one year’s time or over two years.   Members must complete Modules 1 and 2 before they are eligible to apply to complete Module 3 either at a 5-day conference offered by New Jersey 4-H or during a 9-day travel experience to the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference at the University of Ireland in Maynooth, Ireland.

Contact: Jeannette Rea Keywood at 609-898-0928 ext. 11 / reakeywood@njeas.rutgers.edu.

Finding Colleges That Fit You

Dates: November 14, 2017

Time:      7 pm – 8:15 pm

Type of Event: County

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Register: Finding Colleges That Fit You

Rana Slosberg of Slosberg College Solutions LLC will be hosting a free seminar to  high school students and their parents

  • Topics include:
    • What high school students should do before building their college list
    • Top ten things colleges are looking for in an applicant
    • Five most important areas to explore on your college visit


National 4-H Congress

Dates: November 24-28, 2017 (Applications are due April 3, 2017)

Type of Event: National

Location: National 4‑H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland

Application: More information can be found at: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/nat4congress

Description:  National 4‑H Congress is a unique leadership opportunity for 4‑H members from all 50 states. The event focuses on leadership, youth empowerment, community service, career development, and cultural diversity. The event brings over 1000 4‑H members to Atlanta over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. There are many outstanding workshops along with keynote addresses that round out the experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 4‑H members.

New Jersey sends approximately 20 4‑H members and two adult chaperones to the event each year. One to three delegates are nominated from each county and then final delegates are selected through a state interview process. The cost of the event is approximately $950-$1,000 and includes air transportation, registration, lodging, and most meals. All interested 4‑H members must be in the grades 10-12 at the time applications are due (April); complete an application and go through a county and state selection process. Participants can only attend this event one time during their 4‑H career.

Contact: Jeannette Rea-Keywood, 609-898-0928 x11 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.


College Support for Students with Learning Differences (LD) or ADHD Seminar

Dates: December 6, 2017

Time:      7 pm – 8:30 pm

Type of Event: County

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Register: College Support for Students with LD or ADHD

Rana Slosberg of Slosberg College Solutions LLC will be hosting a free seminar to high school students with LD or ADHD and their parents.  Topics include:

  • College as compared to high school
  • Should a student disclose LD or ADHD in their application?
  • Types of LD and ADHD support available at college
  • How to learn about support available at a particular college


Teen Winter Camp Weekend

Dates: February 9-11, 2018 (registration due by January 19, 2018)

Type of Event: County

Location: LG Cook Camp

Application: Click here.

Description: Members in grades 8-13 will have lots of fun at LG Cook Camp.  This year, Somerset County will go with teens from Passaic, Sussex & Warren Counties.  This is always a popular event, so get your applications in NOW!  Cost for the whole weekend is only $85.  Scholarships are available.

Contact: Lisa Rothenburger at rothenburger@njaes.rutgers.edu.


National Agri-Science Youth Summit

Dates: January 12-15, 2018 (Application is due October 31, 2017)

 Type of Event: National

Location: National 4-H Youth Conference Center located in Chevy Chase, Maryland (just 1 mile from Washington, D.C.)

Application: Click here

Description:  Today, many young people are generationally and geographically removed from farming and agriculture. Yet, it is vital that these young leaders and future decision makers understand the critical role of agricultural science innovation in addressing the world’s most pressing problems. It is estimated that there will be over 57,000 annual high skilled job openings for those with agricultural college degrees. While the percentage of these opportunities in production agriculture (farming) has declined, 27% of these jobs will be in science and engineering and 47% will be in management and business. A shortfall of graduates for these science and business positions is projected, especially for the anticipated demand in animal and plant biotechnology. These emerging areas of agriculture are addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues related to food security, nutrition, energy, and sustainability.

Program Objectives  

While at the summit, youth and adult teams will:

  • Gain knowledge and skills in agri-science related to the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber – especially in the rapidly emerging areas of animal and plant sciences and technologies
  • Learn about the challenges facing agriculture, including global food security and sustainability, and how youth can play a role in addressing these challenges today and in their future
  • Interact with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians, and advocates
  • Prepare to serve as Champions for Agriculture in their home communities – helping to increase the agricultural literacy of the general public and key local stakeholder groups
  • Increase awareness of career opportunities and pathways in agriculture

Program Details

High school youth (grades 9-12) interested in becoming Champions for Agriculture in their communities (today and in the future) are invited to attend the National Youth Agri-Science Summit, January 12-15, 2018 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center located in Chevy Chase, Maryland (just 1 mile from Washington, D.C.).


The registration cost (approximately $750) includes lodging at the National 4-H Conference Center, meals, educational programming and tours including a guided night time tour of the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC. All-you-can-eat meals are served at the Clover Cafe at National 4-H Conference Center beginning with dinner on Friday, January 12 and ending with breakfast on Monday, January 15.  The youth will be staying four per room in dorm style hotel accommodations with bunk beds, private bath, TV, clock radio, towels and bedding.


North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference (NJTC)

Dates: March 9-11, 2018 (registration due by January 26, 2018)

Type of Event: State

Location: Best Western Regency Hotel in Pompton Plains, NJ


Description: 4-H members in grades 8-13 are invited to join other 4-H members from around North Jersey at the NJTC.

The theme is The Past, Present, and   Future: Our 4-H Legacy.  This conference is a leadership weekend planned by teens for teens. There are workshops, a field trip, community service and a dance.   Cost is $185pp, $175 for 2nd sibling, but scholarships are available.

You will need to will need to complete and sign the Registration Form and Permission Slip.

Contact: Lisa Rothenburger, rothenburger@njaes.rutgers.edu.


Discover the Leader in You

Dates:  February 17, 2018: Gloucester County 4-H Office, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton

March 17, 2018: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold

Type of Event: State

Application: Not available at the moment

Description: 4-H member in grades 6-8 are invited to attend this leadership conference.  You will have fun, meet new friends & develop leadership skills that you can utilize at home, in school, in your 4-H club and your community.  The conference will include a guest speaker and interactive workshops. The cost is $35, which includes snacks, lunch and program supplies.

You will need to will need to complete and sign the Registration Form and Permission Slip.

Contact: Jeannette Rea Keywood at 609-898-0928 ext. 11 / reakeywood@njeas.rutgers.edu.


National 4-H Conference

Dates: April 7-12, 2018 (Application due by September 25, 2017)

Type of Event: National

Location: National 4‑H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland

Application: http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/wp-content/uploads/Complete-National-4-H-Conference-application.pdf

Description: National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young people enrolled in Grades 10-12 as of September 2017 and between ages 15 and 19 years old (as of January 1, 2018), to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world.

Contact: Jeannette Rea-Keywood at 609-898-0928 x11 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Outstanding 4-Her Application

If you are finishing your junior, senior or 13th year of school this year and meet the criteria below, you could be an Somerset County Outstanding 4-Her.  Please submit an application before June 1, 2018.  In addition to the application, you will need a letter of recommendation from an adult 4-H volunteer.

TOPS Camp Counselors

Dates: June 25-29, 2018 (Application due by April 20, 2018)

Type of Event: County

Location: 4-H Center


Description: We are  looking for volunteer counselors for the week.  If you have finished 8th -13th grade, then you should come inspire 1st-5th graders at TOPS Camp!

Contact: Lisa Rothenburger at rothenburger@njaes.rutgers.edu.


NJ 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute

Dates: June  (Registration due by May  )

Type of Event: State

Location: Rutgers’s University 


Description: The NJ 4‑H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute for 4‑H members in grades 6-9 will be held in June. While attending the conference, middle school youth will build their leadership skills and learn how to plan and conduct service activities in their community. The registration cost is $115 per person and included one night lodging in Rutgers’s University dormitory (2 people per room); four meals; conference t-shirt; conference materials and snacks.


New Jersey 4-H Prom

Registration Deadline


Type of Event: State


Prom Packet:

Description: This event is being planned by the 2017 National 4-H Conference delegates and is open to 4-H members and their guests who are in grades 8-13. This event will include a service project and a 4‑H Court of Honor will be named to recognize teen 4‑H members who exemplify the four H’s.


Citizenship Washington Focus

Dates: July 9-15, 2017 (registration due by March 1, 2017) 

Type of Event: National

Location : National 4‑H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland

Application: 2017-cwf-application-fillable

Description: Citizenship Washington Focus is a citizenship and leadership program conducted by the National 4‑H Council for high school age youth (9-12 grade). It is a working classroom program where delegates learn about the government, citizenship and civic education. New Jersey 4‑H sends 30-40 4‑H members and 3-4 adult advisors 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.

Contact: Jeannette Rea-Keywood at 609-898-0928 x11 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.



Leadership Washington Focus

Dates: July 16-20, 2018 (Registration due by November 1, 2017)

Type of Event: National

Location : National 4‑H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland

Application: http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/wp-content/uploads/Complete_LW_2017_-Application.pdf

Description: Leadership Washington Focus is a leadership program conducted by National 4‑H Council for middle school age youth (6-8 grade). The program is a 4-day event held in mid July. The program utilizes Washington, D.C. as a working classroom to learn about leadership and provides hands-on opportunities for our younger teens to promote “Learn to Lead Now – Better Leaders Tomorrow.” New Jersey 4‑H sends 8-15 4‑H members and 2-3 adult advisors to Leadership Washington Focus each year.  The cost for the week is approximately $800, which includes registration, lodging, transportation, all activities and most meals. There are local scholarships available to participants through their county 4‑H program.

Contact: Sharon Kinsey at (856) 216-7130 x 2.


Fair Herdsman

Orientation Dates: July 24 & August 1, 2017 (application due by July 6, 2017)

Fair Dates: August 9, 10 & 11, 2017

Type of Event: County

Orientation Location: 4-H Center at 7 pm


Description: Herdsman are 4-H members (8 grade or older) and adults, who are in good standing that will stay overnight at the Fairgrounds during the Fair.

Contact: Annette Smutko at smutko@co.somerset.nj.us.


Leadership for Life Conference

Dates: July 27 to August 5, 2017 (registration due to the 4-H office by February 2, 2017)

Type of Event: International

Location : University of Ireland in Maynooth

Overview and Application http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/wp-content/uploads/lifeleader.pdf

Description: We are looking for 4-H members with an interest in leadership and who have a desire to serve 4-H, their school, and their community. We are looking for 4-H members who can set goals, inspire others to action, and lead effectively. We are looking for 4-H members who exhibit strong character and serve as positive role models in their club and community. If this description describes you, then this leadership learning experience may be for you!

Contact: Sharon Kinsey (856) 216-7130 x 2.


4-H State International Exchange

Type of Event: International

Description: States’ 4-H will be hosting their 2017 Summer Inbound Japan Hosting Program.  The estimated hosting dates are July 24-August 21, 2017.  They are also welcoming delegates from Costa Rica in 2017!  The estimated dates are June 26-July 22, 2017.  The age requirement is the same as Japan.  They are also accepting applications for American students ages 12-17 to spend 4 weeks abroad in Japan, South Korea, Costa Rica or Finland.  Costa Rica and Finland delegates will depart in June and return in July.  Japan and South Korea delegated will depart in July and return in August.

Costa Rica Flyer

Japan Flyer

For more information visit http://www.states4hexchange.org/.


Become a Leader and Help Your Community

Dates: September 2017 – July 2018

Location: Middle Earth, 200 Thompson Ave., Bound Brook, NJ 08805

Description: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program, partnering with Middle Earth, are among the 10 New Jersey youth-serving organizations awarded a grant from (NJHI), the statewide grant making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders is a new initiative intended to harness the energy, knowledge and idealism of young people ages 14-21 across the state, to prepare them as future leaders while learning to address barriers to health in their own communities.

Click here to learn more or to download the application. Applications are due August 18, 2017.