The Purposes of the 4-H Foundation Are:
To advocate for the work of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program
To support the professional 4-H staff in their efforts to complete the Mission of the 4-H Youth Development program
To furnish appropriate facilities on the 4-H Fairgrounds complex to enable 4-H professional and volunteer staff to conduct programs, events and activities that provide opportunity for youth to learn by participating in research-based 4-H projects, activities and competitive events.
The Cape May County 4-H Foundation is an independent 501(c)3:
Incorporated to provide support for the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program
Receives tax deductible donations and contributions
Operates and supervises the operation of various fundraising and business enterprises provided these activities are related to the educational purpose for which the Foundation was organized.
4-H’ers across the nation are responding to challenges every day in their communities and their world.
With an expansive network reaching every corner of the country, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
As the youth development program of the nation’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with proven results. The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are:
Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;
Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college;
41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and
25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.
Unparalleled Reach and Scope
With 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, the 4-H movement supports young people from elementary school through high school with programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators. Fueled by research-driven programming, 4-H'ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, citizenship and healthy living.
Leading by Example
The caring support of adult volunteers and mentors inspires young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world. 4-H’ers stand up for themselves and their communities.
These pivotal experiences build a foundation of leadership and skills for success in their future careers. Learn more about 4-H programs or find out how you can get involved.
I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.