In New Jersey, nearly 3,000 volunteers help deliver the 4-H Youth Development Program to youth. The program gives volunteers the opportunity to serve based upon their interests, skills and time. This, coupled with the needs and interests of youth in the local community, makes the perfect match for fostering a positive relationship among youth and adults.
4-H Volunteers play a vital role in the on-going growth and development of the 4-H Youth Development Program. They build a special relationship with youth, guiding project learning experiences and offering youth with opportunities to learn and serve their community
Volunteers also serve in a coaching and mentor role for youth, helping build confidence among youth and foster positive youth development. Volunteers also help youth achieve their personal goals and motivate them to continue participating in and learning from the various opportunities provided through the 4-H program. The relationships built among adult volunteers and youth also have lasting effects. As Retired General Colin Powell stated, "When adults take time to help young people through 4-H, they exert an enormous, positive influence on the lives of youth." From 4-H experiences led by volunteers, youth gain important leadership, citizenship and life skills that can be applied to daily living, used in their community, in future jobs or when they continue their education. Although it may be years before a youth realizes and truly appreciates the influence of the 4-H volunteers that served as positive adult role models, one can be certain that volunteers are truly making a difference for life.
The New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program is a component of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment which is headquartered at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The program is open to all youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school) on an age-appropriate basis without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. More than 40,000 youth between the grades of K-13 (one year out of high school) participate in 4-H programming annually through delivery modes including 4-H clubs, after-school programs, school enrichment programs, special interest programs and camps.
The Cumberland County 4-H Program is one of the largest in the state but there is a great need for more volunteers to led clubs for the youth of our county. Being a 4-H volunteer does not take a lot of time and it is very rewarding. For information about how you can become involved in the Cumberland 4-H Program as a 4-H volunteer call the 4-H Center at (856) 451-2800 ext. #3. or complete our information request form.