During the worldwide pandemic, youth were isolated from each other. In response, New Jersey 4-H, a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, created the Junior Explorers, a virtual exchange program bringing together 4-H members with youth from other countries. This program provides youth ages 10-13 with access to international exchange opportunities that would otherwise be sparse for this age group. This program has demonstrated that Extension professionals can successfully adapt exchanges to a virtual platform. With youth the world over learning virtually, Extension professionals have a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with international partners to enhance existing programs.
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Newman, M., & Torretta, A. (2022). New Jersey 4-H Junior Explorers Virtual Short-Term Exploratory Program (STEP). The Journal of Extension, 60(4), Article 9. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.04.09