2021 County Public Presentations Registration is Now Open.
2 Weeks Left to Register!

Even under CO-VID19 safety restrictions, we are moving forward with Presentations, just in a different format.

4-H members will have a choice to either participate in one of our four Zoom evening events or submit a video recording of their public presentations.

Our Zoom presentation nights have been scheduled for our traditional first 4 Fridays in March, March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, and being at 6:45 pm. We will start in a group for announcements and instructions, but then use the breakout feature in Zoom to create virtual classrooms just as we would have with in-person presentations. Moreover, each zoom room will have two judges for evaluation. They, along with the audience will be able to ask questions after you present. While this may not be our traditional event, we are trying to replicate as much as we can in the virtual setting.

The second option will be to submit a recorded Virtual Public Presentation (VPP). This would require videoing yourself or having someone video you giving your presentations, saving it, and then uploading it to a YouTube or similar account. Once uploaded you will share the link with the county office. This is a great option for those who have never given a presentation or are afraid to in a group setting. It is a chance to go through the process and get some feedback on how you would do in front of an audience. We will send you further instructions after your registration in 4H Online is confirmed. The deadline to have your video submitted for review will be March 15.

You must be registered in and register through 4-H Online to participate in either option. Registrations will only be accepted via 4HOnline. Please use the following guide to help you. How to Register for Events in 4-H Online 2.0. The deadline to register is February 15.

If you are new to 4-H presentations or need a refresher, please download the Introduction Guide for more information about 4-H Presentations and their requirements. In addition, there is also a You-Tube video on how to give a public presentation. “4-H Public Presentations; A How-To Guide”  It’s a great resource for those presenting for the first time, but also a great aid as a reminder for more seasoned presenters.   



STEP and Workshops open to all, 4-H members and Non-4-H Members.

My Body and Me (4‑H SPIN Club)

We invite 4‑H junior members (grades 4–6) to join us as we explore the human body. The human body is filled with unique systems and interesting organs that we could simply not live without! Each night, we will cover a specific system of the body and discuss the importance of that system. We will learn about ways to maintain a healthy body while doing interactive and engaging activities along the way. Youth will also have a chance to practice their presentation skills as they will work on a Career Research Assignment throughout the course and present their career at the end of the course. Sessions will run for seven Mondays at 7 pm (Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, and Mar 8).
My Body and Me registration link


State Bridge to 4-H Club

Next Meeting February 18

If you are a registered 4‑H member in New Jersey and are looking for a monthly online 4‑H Club experience, join Bridge to 4‑H! This is a life skills, healthy living, and leadership club. Maybe your regular 4‑H club is on hiatus, or you want to meet 4‑Hers across the state. Youth will learn financial literacy and resume-building skills, share recipes and activities to get moving, play interactive games, meet youth from across New Jersey, and so much more. For 4‑H members in grades 4–13. Sessions will run on Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 pm (Feb 18, and March 18).

Bridge to 4-H registration link


Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

February 9 at 4:30 pm
Exploring Healthy Relationship Habits for Teens


Goat Extravaganza Quiz Bowl

Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration due this MONDAY, February 1

  • The contest is for individuals, not teams.
  • Any registered 4-H member in 4th grade and above may enter. There isn’t a fee.
  • We will have at least two divisions, depending on registration. Members will be in the same division as those in their age group.
  • There will be two rounds of questions per division. All members in a division will participate in the first round of 20 questions.  The top 10 will qualify for the finals in their division.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five 4-H members in each division (gift card to 4-H Mall).

NEW this year – in each round, there will be at least one question related to goats in history, popular culture, or the news.  This should make it more interesting and entertaining.

Members may study sample questions available on our state 4-H website.

Good luck, and don’t forget to sign up by February 1.  Details, including a Zoom link, will be shared after registration closes.


Northeast Teen 4-H Virtual Meet & Greet 

Thursday, February 4th, 2021, 7:00-8:00 PM

Calling all 4-H teens ages 12+! Join the Northeast regional teen meet and greet for an evening of fun games and conversation. Register here: HTTP://GO.UVM.EDU/4HTEENMEET


Virtual National 4-H Agri-Science Youth Summit
March 5-7, 2021  

At the National 4‑H Youth Summit on Agri-Science, high school students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security, and sustainability. Students will work with each other and experts in the agricultural community in this collaborative, hands-on educational setting.

Applicants must be in grades 9-12 as of September 2020 and be a registered 4-H member. The cost of the virtual summit is $75 but a scholarship of approximately $50 will be available to reduce the cost of participating in the summit.

Find the National Agri-Science 4-H Youth Summit information sheet, tentative schedule, Summit Application Form, and Parental Consent Virtual Environment Form on the NJ 4-H website at the following URL: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/set/agri-science-youth-summit/ 

The Summit Application and Parental Consent Virtual Environment forms are due by February 12, 2020. The forms should be emailed to reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.


DATE
February 10, 2021, at 3 pm

REQUIREMENT
Must in grades 1-4

Join Somerset 4-H on February 10th at 3 pm as we dive into the winter season and create some cool crafts! They make a snowman, a snowflake, and even a valentine’s card if we have extra time. This is the perfect afternoon activity for young kids to have fun and explore their creativity.

Registration


DATE
February 11, 2021 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

REQUIREMENTS
This event is open to middle and high school students and their parents. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

In recognition of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, this virtual discussion will explore the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, which can include not only physical violence but also more subtle behaviors such as emotional and verbal abuse, manipulation and control, digital abuse and stalking.

Registration


Community Service Hours Available

Middle and High School Members in need community service hours the 4-H office is looking for help to serve as virtual Room Host for our Zoom Presentation Nights.
Must have a basic understanding of Zoom and ability to help presenters troubleshoot problems.

If you would like to help please Contact Tanya Patrie at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu to volunteer.



Junior Breeder Symposium – Saturday, March 27

This year’s NJ Junior Breeder Symposium will be held online, via Zoom, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 (NO fee this year).  We have put together an all-star line-up of Rutgers professors, veterinarians, animal care professionals, graduate students, and volunteers.  Register today (it’s FREE) to learn about animal care, behavior, training, breeding, showmanship, and more through three interactive sessions that you choose!  Our experts will engage both youth and adults through live demonstrations, discussions, illustrated talks, and games.

Sessions are designed for those interested in horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and rabbits.  There are also some more general sessions that are useful for those in any animal project.  Full descriptions of each session can be found on the Junior Breeder Symposium web page. Once you proceed to the registration page, you will be asked to choose one session from each time slot.

All Youth and Adults Must Register by March 15
More details, along with a Zoom link, will be shared a week before the event.


Thank you to Farm Credit East for their generous support of this year’s symposium.  The symposium is a collaboration between Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the NJ Department of Agriculture.  4-H and FFA members interested in low-interest loans through the Junior Breeder Program should contact Lynn Mathews at lynn.mathews@ag.nj.gov.  For questions about symposium offerings or registration, contact Chad Ripberger at ripberger@njaes.rutgers.edu.


ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS/COLLEGE STUDENTS –
Agricultural Scholarships are now available

Agricultural Scholarships are presented each year by the Ag. Division of the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show and applications are now being accepted for any Sussex County graduating high school senior or college student currently enrolled in an agricultural program pursuing a two or four-year degree, or graduate studies in one of the many fields of Agriculture. 

For more information and the application please go to Sussexcountyfairgrounds.org and click on Fairgrounds/Ag/Ag. History for the PDF application.  Information is also available in local guidance offices.  Mail application to the Ag. Scholarship Selection Committee, c/o G. Danko, P.O Box 2456, Branchville, NJ 07826.  The deadline is April 15th.

To view all scholarships that may available to 4-H members go to Forms – Sussex County 4-H (sussex4h.org) and scroll down to the Scholarship section.


AgDiscovery is a summer camp outreach program designed to help middle through high school-aged students explore careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, plant pathology, aquaculture, and much more. This 2-4 week program allows participants to live on a college campus, and discover agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians, industry representatives, and professionals working for the U.S. government. Students who participate in AgDiscovery experience hands-on labs, workshops, field trips, and other group and team-building activities.

View the AgDiscovery Website to learn more about what the program has to offer. The application deadline is March 25, 2021.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Check out the Rutgers NJAES Online Calendar to see all of the classes and seminars that are available.
NEW Classes are added daily

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Classes coming up:

February 1, 2021 (Open Course- Runs until Feb. 15) – Bee-ginner’s Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture (Fee)
Monday, February 1, 2021; 6:30 pmHorse Management Seminar – Equine Health
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Cooking Your Way to a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, February 3, 2021; 10:00 amOrganic Farm Advisory
Thursday, February 4, 2021; 1:00 pm – Winter Lunch and Learn Online Series: Emotional Intelligence (fee)
Thursday, February 4, 2021; 2:00 pm – Love Your Heart: Overview & Reducing Sugar
Saturday, February 6, 2021; 9:30 am – Coffee Talk for Home Gardeners – Let’s Talk Tomatoes



Caring adults are needed to volunteer to help us evaluate those 4-H youth taking part in our presentations program.


If you or someone you know would like to serve as a 4-H public presentation judge, please contact Tanya at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu for more information about how you can help. Or you may go ahead and sign up to serve as a presentation judge at: https://go.rutgers.edu/gdwi7zwt.


Northeast Special Interest Club Workshop for Volunteers 

Thursday, February 24, 7:00-8:00PM

Calling all 4-H volunteers, or potential volunteers! Join this virtual Northeast regional volunteer workshop to learn about the SPIN club model of short-term program delivery, and how you can create your own SPIN club in your state. Register here: https://go.rutgers.edu/h9kcm9j9

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