4-H Youth Development

Photo: Monmouth County 4-H Fair.

New Jersey 4-H CloverThe 4-H Youth Development program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world.

The goals of the 4-H Youth Development Program are to:

  • Provide informal educational programs to youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school).
  • Empower youth to reach their full potential through working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
  • Strengthen skills for adults working with youth.
  • Improve community collaborations and partnerships.

To best serve our diverse population, Monmouth County 4-H offers a variety of programs including community clubs, after-school and summer programs, school enrichment, and special interest and training programs. Additional information and contacts are available through the links below.

Community Clubs

4-H clubs are located throughout the county and are led by trained, adult volunteers. 4-H volunteers bring a wealth of energy to the program, and serve in a variety of roles within the program. You need not be an expert in a particular project area to be a great 4-H club leader. If you have interest in a project area and a positive outlook, you probably have what it takes to lead a 4-H club. If you are interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer please contact our office.

Photo: girl watching fair through fence.

County Fair

In partnership with the Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County 4-H co-hosts the annual Monmouth County Fair at East Freehold Park in July. The Fair is a great opportunity for 4-H clubs and members to showcase the projects they have worked on throughtout the year. The Monmouth County Fair is family-friendly, fun and educational.

4-H Afterschool and Summer Programs

4-H provides after-school and summer programming throughout Monmouth County including leadership and personal development through mentoring, 4-H SET (science, engineering, and technology), and healthy living.
In addition, Summer 4-H Camp at Stokes State Forest is available to all youth.

School Enrichment

4-H staff provide a variety of enrichment programs in public and private schools throughout the county. Topics include character education, life skill development, environmental science, science literacy, and healthy living.

Special Interest Programs and Trainings

4-H staff provide half-day, full-day, and multiple-session special interest programs and trainings on a variety of topics for youth, educators, community youth workers, and after-school staff.

To get involved in any of our programs, contact our office.


Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County