2. 4-H Youth Development RCE of Essex County

 2. Ing’s Peace Project and

4-H partnered with YouthBuild Newark

 and Rutgers SPAA students

Spring 2012



4-H partnered with YouthBuild Newark and Rutgers SPAA students comments on “What does “Peace” mean to you?”  Organized by Marissa Blodnik.  

Finished artwork, after the written comments by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

 This Spring 4-H partnered with YouthBuild Newark and Rutgers SPAA students to lead a public service program.  The main goal of the program was for the students to team up and create a service project plan that addresses a need in their community. During this program the students were introduced the topic of PEACE by participating in Ing’s Peace Project. The guiding question for the discussion was, what does peace means to you? After a short reflection and discussion students worked to put their ideas on paper and created their own peace poster that reflects their thoughts about PEACE.

 Marissa Boldnik

Project Coordinator

RCE of Essex County

4-H Youth Development


   Link to YouTube : Peace Project Comes to the Classroom Video

 Ing’s Peace Project Comes to the Classroom Description

  I am glad that more people are taking my peace project to use in the classroom.  Children will replace us as the adults of the future and need to be aware of their lives and feelings.  We as adults should take the initiative to cultivate the minds of our children to think in peaceful ways.  For example in this video animation, “Shadow of Peace and the Young People of Academy Street Firehouse”, these children express their feelings with love and happiness.  I spotted one child simply writing the word, “Mom”.  This young one is probably longing for mother.  Some say, “Peace means enjoying yourself”.  One youngster at the 4-H Youth Development RCE of Essex County wrote, “Peace means love for all”.  I particularly liked the phrase of one child, “Never hate, and just eat cake”.  I hope that schools and other institutions will use my idea of, “Take ten minutes a year to cultivate children to have peace for life”.   

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 12:05 P.M.


  4-H partnered with YouthBuild Newark and Rutgers SPAA students comments on “What does “Peace” mean to you?

 Never Hate Just Eat Cake! J

 Peace means love for all

 Happy J

 Love is the answer

 Peace is hope

 Love, Peace & Respect

 Being humble and mindful of others

 Peace means love, be your sight

 Love is everything

 Peace is …. Love, Care, humble, harmony

 Honesty and Loyalty

 Love, be happy and live life

 Love, Live, Life, Free

 Loyalty, Cool, Calm, Collective

 God Bless

 Spread good

 Live, Love, Laugh J

 Live More, Love More

 Live Well, Love Much

 Love, Peace & Soul

 Live Happy, Live Free

Peace means to me: Living, Loving, and Laughing J

Peace & Love

Life is fun! But it’s on how you make it! J

   Hi Ing,

 Can I stop by some time to pick up a poster for my class?

 Thank you,

 Marissa Blonik

 Project Coordinator

RCE of Essex County

4-H Youth Development

 162 Washington St.

Newark, NJ 07102
p. 973-353-1338

f. 973-353-1430

 Hi Marissa,

Yes, you can come to pick up my Peace Poster.  I will prepare it for you with my peace poem and summary of my Peace Project. Please let me know when you are coming.

 See you today,



Hi Marissa,

 I think these two pictures of you are quite lovely.  I like your cheerful smile.  Do you mind if I post these pictures on my website.

 How are the students?  Did they like the idea of expressing their thought on “What does “Peace” mean to them?”  I hope you enjoy presenting my Peace Project to the students.  Please email me when you have time.

 Take care,

 Ing  (3.22.2012)

 Hi Ing, 

 I just want to keep in touch with you to let you know that we are still working on our peace poster. I plan to leave it hanging for one more week and I will try to bring it by soon.


 Marissa Blodnik

 Hi Marissa,

 I am very glad to receive your email.  I wanted to email or call you but I hesitated to do so because I did not want you to feel uncomfortable or rushed in to doing the work.  So when I received your email it made me feel very good.

 You have done a very good job.  I like the picture that you sent to me.  It will be very nice when you show the finished Peace Project poster to me.  Please call or email me before you come because I want to be in the shop to see you.

 This morning I went to the backyard and replanted some of tomato plant in pots.  If you would like to grow something I can give you a couple of tomato plants.  You can put the pot by the windowsill or some area that has sunlight.  By the end of summer you might have some tomatoes with your salad.

 Thank you very much.  I hope to see you soon.  Keep cool, yesterday the weather was very hot.  I think it was about 95 F.

 Take care,

 Ing  (5.30.2012 ) 

  Hi Marissa,

This Thursday, Jun 14, my husband and I will attend a gathering at the Academy Street Firehouse.  This is a special program for HIV/AIDS affected youth at 6 pm, not very far from our place, 77 Academy Street, Newark, NJ.

Chelsea Manifold is one of our friends who was teaching art to this group.  She took my Peace Poster to use as a lesson for her class.  She also made an animation  video from the activity.  She is a stop motion animation apecialist.  I wonder you have free time to join us.  It wuold be nice.  Do not worry if you cannot make it.  I also am forwarding her email of some information to you.  It would be nice if both of you know ech other.  Chelsea is very nice and very gentle person; maybe both of you can exchange each others knowledge, if you do not mind.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Ing  (6.11.2012)

PS. Would you please email me the information about your organization?

 Hi Marissa,

Thank you so much for bringing my Peace Poster with the students comments to me.  I will work on the finished artwork after my right arm is better.  I will let you know when it is done.

 I talked to Chelsea about you.  She said she will be glad to meet you.  She did a very good video production with the children at the Academy Street Firehouse, especially the animation of the Peace Project.

 Enjoy your summer.  Please stop by the shop when you are passing by.

 Take care,

 Ing  (6.15.12)

   Marissa answered questionnaire for Ing’s Peace Project.

 4-H Youth Development

The Essex Edge, 2011, No. 2 (2MB PDF)

TheEssexEdge, 2011, No. 1 (3.25MB PDF)

The Power of YOUth

4-H is the youth development component of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to become competent, caring citizens of the world. Dedicated adult volunteers provide leadership to 4-H clubs and activities.

EssexCounty4-H staff and volunteers work together to develop programs which will provide youngsters with opportunities for new experiences and a broader view of life. Under the guidance of caring adult and teen leaders, youth in grades K-13 develop characteristics of leadership and citizenship, improve their skills, become more aware of others and the environment in which they live, and help others through community service. 4-H works with all youth on a grade-appropriate basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

 The 4-H Team

Program leadership under the direction of the county 4-H professional is funded by the Essex County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs,CookCollege,RutgersUniversity, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

 Programs for Youth

Members of organized 4-H clubs, school enrichment programs, special interest and short term programs, afterschool programs, overnight camping, and individual study may specialize in one or more project areas. 4-H clubs are led by one or more adults and participate in some or all of the activities planned for 4-H youth.

 View Clubs and Programs

The EssexCounty 4-H Youth Developmental Program is open to all, without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or age. It is sponsored cooperatively by the Essex County Executive, the Board of Chosen Freeholders,Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 Programs and projects depend on the skills and interests of volunteer leaders.

 What can you do?

If you are interested in young people and want to help, you can apply to start a club in your neighborhood, volunteer to assist one of our present clubs, or take the responsibility for one or more of the special 4-H program activities. If you are an adult, and would like to start a new club, contact the 4-H office.

 How to Join


 For More Information:

Rebecca Kalenak


Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Cooperative Extension of EssexCounty

162 Washington St.



Phone: 973-353-1338

Fax: 973-353-1430

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