The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program has opened registration for the 2017 Rutgers 4-H Summer Teen Leadership Program. The eight-week program runs from June 26th through August 18th at the New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May located in Cape May, New Jersey.
To be eligible, youth must be in the 7th to 12th grades and interested in marine and environmental science, being outdoors and working with children.
The program provides youth with an invaluable leadership and learning experience through a variety of service, teaching and social activities. It coincides with Summer Children’s Program day camps held at the Nature Center of Cape May. Professional NJ Audubon teacher-naturalists provide teens with mentoring in environmental science, teaching skills and successful work habits. Rutgers 4-H educators lead teens in youth-driven community service projects and leadership development activities.
The benefits of attending the summer program include meeting other teens who have the same interests, earning valuable community service credits and gaining important work and leadership experience. These experiences prove invaluable in job seeking and in acceptance to preferred colleges.
Program participants are asked to job shadow nature center teacher-naturalists for eight to ten hours weekly and to attend a mandatory weekly training session every Friday from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Coordinators try to accommodate teens’ outside work schedules. A mandatory orientation session will be held prior to the beginning of the summer program at NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May.
Contact the 4-H Youth Development Program now to learn more, at (609) 465-5115, ext. 605. Participation is limited to 20 students, and the tuition is only $250 for eight weeks of hands-on experience and mentoring in environmental science, leadership skills and work habits.
4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.