We would love for all our 4-H clubs to please write Thank You to Visions Federal Credit Union for their ongoing support of Sussex County 4-H at the New Jersey State Fair. In addition, it would amazing for individual 4-H members who received a 2023 fair premium check to take a moment to write a quick personal note of thanks to Visions for their continued support of 4-H and their projects.

Thank you’s can be mailed to
Visions Federal Credit Union
24 McKinley Avenue
Endicott, NY 13760

We hope all our 4-H members had a great fair and a chance to ‘Learn by Doing’ and ‘Make the Best Better’.

2023/2024 Program Year 4-H Online Re-enrollment is almost here!

4-H Online will be unavailable from September 1-6, 2023 for roll-over maintenance for the 2023/2024 Project Year.
Beginning September 7, 4-H Online will open to re-enrollment for the new project year.

If you need assistance please refer to the following instructions.

If you run into any issues or have questions, please feel free to contact the 4-H Office for assistance.

2023 Sussex County 4-H Open House

We will be hosting our Sussex County 4-H Open House in conjunction with the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce ‘Sussex County Day’ at the Fairgrounds on September 17 from 12 to 4 p.m. in the 4-H Shotwell building. This is an excellent opportunity for you to highlight your club to potential new members and give them a chance to find out what your club is about and answer any questions. All participants must be set up by 11 a.m. and will need to be present until 4 p.m. A table and two chairs will be provided. If you will need more than one table, please let us know.

We encourage clubs to have an activity for the public to participate in and bring props or animals to give people an idea of their club’s project area and goals.  Flyers or handouts are also encouraged. If you need assistance in making copies of handouts, please email us a file by September 13.
Clubs that plan to participate need to reserve a space by Monday, September 11, so we can request the appropriate # of tables and chairs. You may do so by emailing me at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu or calling the 4-H Office 973-948-3040 x5. If you or representatives from your club are unable to make it, but would still like your club represented, please send us a flyer/handout for your club and we can make it available to the public.

Join our Sussex County 4-H STEM club for a fun weekend.

Discover the Leader in You! Conference
For members in grades 6-8

Sat. November 4 in Camden County

The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference is for 4-H members in grades 6-8. While attending the conference, middle school youth will have fun, meet new friends, and develop leadership and personal development skills that they can utilize at home, in school, in their 4-H club, and in their community. To accommodate 4-H’ers throughout the state, the conference is held in two locations and on two separate dates each year.

More information and registration information can be found at:

NJ 4-h Discover the Leader in You! Registration Packet

Registration is due by Oct. 25.

New Jersey 4-H members in grades 9-12 who are members in good standing are invited to participate in a multi-level leadership program called the NJ 4-H Leadership for Life Program.  

Adapted 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, this 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.

Members must complete Modules 1 and 2 before they are eligible to complete Module 3. The Advanced Module is held during a 9-day travel experience to the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference at the University of Ireland in Maynooth, Ireland.

The Leadership for Life Program will be offered on the following dates during 2023–2024:

ModuleDates & TimeLocationRegistration Fee and Due Date
1Sat., Dec. 9, 2023
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mercer County Extension Office
1440 Parkside Ave.
Trenton, NJ
$75 for program materials, lunch, and snacks

Registration due Dec. 1, 2023

Module 1 Registration Packet (341k PDF)
2Sat., Jan. 6, 2024
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mercer County Extension Office
1440 Parkside Ave.
Trenton, NJ
$75 for program materials, lunch and snacks

Registration due Dec. 28, 2023

Module 2 Registration Packet (343k PDF)
3Sat., Feb. 10, 2024
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Mercer County Extension Office
1440 Parkside Ave.
Trenton, NJ
$40 for program materials

Registration due Feb. 1, 2024

Module 3 Registration Packet (342k PDF)
AdvancedJuly 25–August 2, 2025

University of Ireland at Maynooth,
Applications will be accepted in Dec. 2024

Information and registration for all of the NJ 4-H Leadership for Life Program Modules are available on the NJ 4-H Website at: 

Questions about the Leadership for Life Program can be directed to Camden County 4-H Agent Sharon Kinsey (sbkinsey@njaes.rutgers.edu) or Warren County 4-H Program Associate Michelle Teitsma (teitsma@njaes.rutgers.edu).

Poetry x Hunger: Poetry Call from Middle and High School Youth

For more information visit https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/comm/poetryxhunger/

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Fall Reminders for Our Leaders

  • If your 4H club meets at the fairgrounds, please use the following link to request dates:   https://forms.office.com/r/7FnVBfvWZ8.  We will work with the fairgrounds to confirm the dates requested and contact you with any conflicts or issues.
  • End of Year Paperwork (4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Form, End of Project Year Recognition Certificates and Pins, Project Medal Recommendation Form)
    The Treasury annual review is due by Nov 1.
    End-of-Year Recognition and Project Medal Recommendation forms are due by Nov. 15.
  • Annual 4-H Rutgers Protection of Minors Training and Tri-Annual Background Checks are due for the majority of our leaders. Please be on the lookout for emails for the following sources and complete the requests in an expedient manner.
    Protection of Minors Training (POM): pom@ipo.rutgers.edu or go to https://pom.ipo.rutgers.edu/ to complete it on your own.
    Tri-Annual Background: HireRight Customer Support noreply@hireright.com
  • NEW- Complete the Volunteer Leadership Online Training Course.
    When you are Reenrolling you must complete the Volunteer Leadership Online Training Course. The leadership orientation is a requirement for all leaders, new and veterans. The State 4-H office feels that it is a good refresher for everyone and will help align all trained volunteers in the state and that they may learn some things new to 4-H since their original orientation. Even if you are a veteran volunteer, the course is a good refresher; you may learn some things new to 4-H since your original orientation. Directions to complete this can be found here: Drctns_VlntrOrntnVideo_9-2023.pdf
  • Presentations/Speakers available for clubs who would like review ‘How to’ properly complete Record Books and ‘How to’ give a 4-H Public Presentations at a club meeting. If interested please contact Tanya or Dave.

Join the State 4-H Volunteer Association

Attention 4-H Volunteers and Parents! The NJ 4-H State Association is looking to expand its membership! Are you interested in giving back to the 4-H program, sharing your ideas or expertise, and helping us to make the best better? Join us for the next State Association Meeting! We meet four times a year, always in the evening, and always a virtual option! Come check us out on Thursday, September 14th at 7PM!

Register here: https://go.rutgers.edu/StateAssocFall2023

If you would like to get involved or would like to nominate an individual or business, please complete this brief form:  https://go.rutgers.edu/HelpNJ4H.   

Can’t make the meeting but still want to be involved with the State 4-H Association, please reach out to: akesely@njaes.rutgers.edu 

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