Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Jersey Roots, Global Reach: 4-H Climate Science Educational Program: A Sustainable Communities Project at Rutgers NJAES]

Essex County

Photo: Youth from Bellville School 7 at the Y's Choice program work with 4-H Science Ambassadors to conduct experiments to learn about carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Photo: Youth from the Citizen Schools 4-H Climate Change program participate in a service project at the Newark Museum. Photo: Youth from the Bellville School 5 participate in the 4-H Climate Change program, conducting experiments to learn about climate change. Photo: 4-H Science Ambassadors lead an experiment to demonstrate the impact of green house gasses on the earth. Photo: Youth study tree cookies to observe evidence of climate change.

Youth from Bellville School 7 at the Y's Choice program work with 4-H Science Ambassadors to conduct experiments to learn about carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Youth from the Citizen Schools 4-H Climate Change program participate in a service project at the Newark Museum.

Youth from the Bellville School 5 participate in the 4-H Climate Change program, conducting experiments to learn about climate change.

4-H Science Ambassadors lead an experiment to demonstrate the impact of green house gasses on the earth.

Youth study tree cookies to observe evidence of climate change.

Project Description

4-H Youth Development of Essex County is taking part in the Jersey Roots, Global Reach initiative to educate youth about climate change science and climate justice issues through in-school and after-school enrichment programs. The program leads youth through lessons that teach the causes, effects, and solutions to climate change. Each program facilitates a youth led service learning project to help bring our community closer to the goal of sustainability. Youth not only learn about the scientific principles behind the causes of climate change, but also how to address this societal problem through character building, teamwork, and collaboration.

Program Outcomes

  • Photo: Student presents to the community the causes, impacts and solutions of climate change at the Citizen Schools WOW showcase.Youth increase knowledge in climate science, climate change, and global warming
  • Youth develop an awareness of issues related to climate change locally and globally
  • Youth gain skills to address local climate change issues and take action through service projects
  • Youth educate younger youth and others on climate change, personal choices to decrease effects, and local climate justice initiatives
  • Youth develop and demonstrate skills in communication technology through the development of newsletters, flyers, fact sheets, presentations, web pages, and/or other means

Contact us for more information about the Essex County 4-H Climate Change project.

Environmental Stewards Program

Youth in the Environmental Stewards program participate in experiments and activities to learn about our surrounding environment, human impacts on the earth, and solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The program will be held at the 4-H office on the Rutgers, Newark campus. Please see below for more details.

Partners 4-H

Creating strong partnerships with schools, teachers, and students in Essex has been critical to the initial success of Jersey Roots, Global Reach, which include:

  • Rutgers Future Scholars Program
  • Citizen Schools
  • Lincoln School
  • Pride Academy Charter School
  • YMCA of Newark and Vicinity
  • Essex 4-H Science Ambassadors

4-H Science Ambassadors Club

The Essex County 4-H Science Ambassadors club works to empower youth to be ambassadors of the environment in their community. The Ambassadors learn about the science of climate change and work in their community to advocate and promote solutions to climate change. All Essex County teens are welcome to join. If you are interested in joining the Ambassadors Club please contact us for more information.

Essex County Project Staff

Rebecca Kalenak, Essex County 4-H Agent
Community Project Director
162 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07106
(973) 353 1338
Kalenak@njaes.rutgers.edu

Marissa Blodnik
Essex County 4-H CYFAR Program Assistant
162 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07106
(973) 353 1338
mblodnik@rci.rutgers.edu

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