freehold 4 h nationalPHOTO: New Jersey delegates attending the summit included: (left to right – front row) Michael Newton, Jr. (Burlington County), Victoria Matt (Cape May County), Amanda Erbe (Ocean County), and McKayla Tyrrell (Freehold, Monmouth County).

Four 4-H members represented New Jersey at the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living held February 12-15 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center located in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The purpose of the summit was provide high school youth with an opportunity to learn about and develop the knowledge and skills to address today's issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. Delegates discussed how they would share what they learned at the Healthy Living Youth Summit and created action plans to implement in their communities.

The chaperones for the New Jersey delegation were Kenny Faillace, Passaic County 4-H Community Assistant and Kalin Axelsson, a 4-H Volunteer from Cape May County.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station - Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13(one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

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