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

4-H Youth Development

The Power of YOUth

4‑H is the youth development component of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4‑H uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to become competent, caring citizens of the world. Dedicated adult volunteers provide leadership to 4‑H clubs and activities.

Hudson County 4‑H staff and volunteers work together to develop programs which will provide youngsters with opportunities for new experiences and a broader view of life. Under the guidance of caring adult and teen leaders, youth in grades K-13 develop characteristics of leadership and citizenship, improve their skills, become more aware of others and the environment in which they live, and help others through community service. 4‑H works with all youth on a grade-appropriate basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

The 4‑H Team

Program leadership under the direction of the county 4‑H professional is funded by the Hudson County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Programs for Youth

Members of organized 4‑H clubs, school enrichment programs, special interest and short term programs, afterschool programs, overnight camping, and individual study may specialize in one or more project areas. 4‑H clubs are led by one or more adults and participate in some or all of the activities planned for 4‑H youth.

The Hudson County 4‑H Youth Developmental Program is open to all, without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or age. It is sponsored cooperatively by the Hudson County Executive, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Programs and projects depend on the skills and interests of volunteer leaders.

What can you do?

If you are interested in young people and want to help, you can apply to start a club in your neighborhood, volunteer to assist one of our present clubs, or take the responsibility for one or more of the special 4‑H program activities. If you are an adult, and would like to start a new club, contact the 4‑H office!

How to Join


For More Information:

Hudson County 4‑H
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
162 Washington St.
Newark, NJ 07102-3098

Phone: 973-353-1337
Fax: 973-353-1430