4-H Alerts

2017 January Training Dates
Fri, 08/19/2016

January training 2017 is scheduled for January 24 – 26, 2017.  Please add the dates to your calendar.  The topic this year is Cultural Competence.  More details will be coming soon.

Author: Cathy Johnston

2017 4-H Youth in Action Awards: Applications Open
Fri, 08/19/2016

National 4-H Council is now accepting applications for the 2017 4-H Youth in Action Awards to be presented at the eighth annual Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 2017.

As the highest honor National 4-H Council awards to 4-H youth, the 2017 awards will recognize one remarkable 4-H’er within each pillar area: Agriculture; Citizenship; Healthy Living; and STEM.

Each of the four 4-H Youth in Action Awards pillar winners will receive:

  • Scholarship: $5,000 scholarship for higher education.
  • Public Recognition: An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at Council's Legacy Awards on March 21, 2017.
  • Spokesperson Opportunities: Serve as the National Youth Spokesperson for their recognized pillar area.

In addition, one National 4-H Youth in Action Award winner will be selected from the four pillar winners and receive an additional $5,000 scholarship for higher education.

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, October 24, 2016.

For qualifications, application rules, and information on past honorees, please visit the 4-H Youth in Action Awards website.

Author: National 4-H Council

Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop
Thu, 08/18/2016

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for October in Broken Bow. It will be held October 15-16 at the Custer County Fairgrounds in Broken Bow. The deadline to register for the session is October 5th.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Four project areas will be offered at the Broken Bow Workshop - rifle, shotgun, muzzleloading, and archery. Muzzleloading certification will be offered on Saturday only and will only be available to current certified instructors who have been certified in another discipline since January 1, 2014. There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.                                                         

The registration fee is $100.00 per person for initial certification and $90.00 per person that are currently a certified instructor and are adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.                                                                                

Please share this information with volunteers in your county. For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page at http://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/instructor/calendar, contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691.

Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or they can register directly at - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUr93tODaG7Kw0DYF9XuAZqfFbkikonHYgQKCqQzrxIJp27Q/viewform

Author: Steve Pritchard

ES-237 Tips & Nebraska 4-H Growth Goal Webinar
Thu, 08/11/2016
Please join us for an ES-237 Tips and Nebraska 4-H Growth Goal webinar on September 13, 2016, from 10-11AM (connection details are below).
ES-237s are due October 14.
Growth Goal reporting is due October 31. https://ssp.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tMHCiJkIWjF0QR
A reminder that 4HOnline will be unavailable to families from October 1-16th and will reopen at 12:01 AM on October 17.
*Please click the link to join the webinar: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/231567259
*Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,231567259# or +14086380968,231567259#
*Or Telephone Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
    Webinar ID: 231 567 259

Author: Heather Borck

New 4h.unl.edu Site Navigation - Important Information!
Thu, 08/11/2016
The new 4h.unl.edu website will be going live on Sunday, August 14, 2016. Using site analytics this date was selected in order to avoid heavy weekday traffic. Some pages and resources may not be accessible throughout the day. Please plan accordingly.

Employee Resources
Starting August 14, 2016, the employee resource webpages will be protected with a single password for all users. The password will be: trueleaders2016

Web-based Program App
The web-based program app that was briefly discussed during the Web Update webinar held in June will not be published at this time. In its place the online Project Resource Central will continue to be accessible. Stay tuned to 4-H Alerts for future updates regarding the program app.

If you have trouble finding anything on the new website, please visit the sitemap at http://4h.unl.edu/sitemap. If you are still having trouble, please contact Danielle Dewees at ddewees@unl.edu.

For more information about the new site, please watch the Web Update webinar recording from June 17 accessible at http://4h.unl.edu/webseminars.

Author: Danielle Dewees

Rural Futures Institute Hosting Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit
Thu, 08/11/2016
The Connecting Young Nebraskans Network is hosting a statewide event in York, NE on October 27-28th that aims to energize and connect young leaders around important professional, personal and community topics. The target market is 20-40 year olds that want to make the state a better place! However, anyone is welcome at the table!

Connecting Young Nebraskans is a program of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska. The Rural Futures Institute believes that young leaders are a vital part of communities and that young leaders should be included in the community leadership structure. By embracing the growth and development of these individuals we can harness their ambitions to energize communities across the nation.
Can you help us get the word out to young leaders in your region? If you are willing to send this out we have a draft email that you can personalize and send to young leaders or employers of young leaders. This is a great opportunity for them to learn and grow and it will give them the confidence to better engage with their communities. Please share broadly.
Learn more: CYN.nebraska.edu
Young Nebraskans:
Are you planning to register for the Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) Summit? This daylong development event on Friday, October 28th in York brings together young Nebraskans from across the state who are passionate about making a difference. These young leaders believe Nebraska is a great place to live and work, and they have the chance to network and share ideas to shape their communities and the state.  As a member of the CYN network leadership team, I hope you can attend this year’s summit!
The summit itself will combine professional, personal, community, and civic development with plenty of networking.  Through “coffee shop” discussions, dynamic breakout sessions, creative thinking experiences and fantastic people, you will be sure to walk away with a broader perspective and tangible ideas of how to make a difference in your organization and community.
Registration is $79 and is now open at cyn.nebraska.edu. Young leaders will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of breakout sessions that will help each attendee create their individual personal and professional development plan.
The Oct. 28th summit will feature summit keynoter Lisa Gunderson, who is certified to deliver reality-based leadership programs to audiences of all professional levels.  Gunderson will be just one of the engaging speakers who participants will hear. The summit also will offer interactive breakout sessions from a variety of topics that challenge young Nebraskans to develop professionally, but also to think critically about the needs of their communities and the future of Nebraska.
On the evening of Oct. 27, the day before the summit kicks off, mentalist and entertainer Arthur Fratelli will help early arrivals break the ice and begin networking for sessions on the following day. A full agenda can be found on the CYN webpage.
“For talented individuals looking for new ideas and an opportunity to have conversations about the future of their communities and the state, the CYN summit is a great fit,” says Kayla Schnuelle, the Rural Futures Institute’s CYN Network Coordinator.  “Young leaders are creative, energetic and purpose-driven, which is exactly what Nebraska communities need and want and the CYN Summit is a great opportunity for these leaders to re-energize and focus their talents.”

You are important to the state of Nebraska and we hope you can join us for this exciting event!

Author: Kayla Schnuelle

State Fair Newsletter #4
Fri, 08/05/2016

The State Fair Newsletter #4 and the webinar recording from August 2 can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/employee/state-fair. The Exhibit Hall Release form for 4-H Families is also included in the newsletter.

Author: Kim Novotny

ShoWorks Entry
Fri, 08/05/2016

A reminder that the link we should be giving to families for online livestock and in person entries is NOT nebr.fairwire.com…..this is the entry site only not where reminders and other information for families registering can be found .

The link we should be sharing is http://www.statefair.org/p/getinvolved/4h-ffa

This site is constantly updated with information from us and our FFA partners and where families will be able to find the most current information on rules and other items for state fair.

Author: Katie Pleskac

Register to Experience Raising Nebraska
Fri, 08/05/2016

Extension staff & volunteers are invited to participate in a free interactive, hands-on day at Raising Nebraska on Thursday, August 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.  This day is to focus on giving you a hands on experience to learn about Raising Nebraska Field Trips, Programs and our Mystery Foods Event which is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th.  The main focus of the day will be learning about the Mystery Foods Event. 

To register for the event, please complete the link by Friday, August 12th.  Link: ExperienceRN

To those that attend a coupon will be given to take back to your community for a free Raising Nebraska Field Trip Program (up to 30 kids) and a pizza when they visit.  This is sponsored by Raising Nebraska & Nebraska 4-H Foundation. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Beth Janning at 308-385-3967 or at elizabeth.janning@unl.edu. Thanks!

Author: Beth Janning

2016 ESI State Fair Showcase
Fri, 08/05/2016

Summer camp season is winding down for the summer!

Several of you hosted an ESI Summer camp experience in your area.  This message is to remind you that we will be having a “showcase” in the 4-H Building during the Nebraska State Fair again this summer.  The deadline to sign up is August 19, 2016.

Here are some of the details:

Date of showcase/sale event:  August 27, 2016 (Saturday)

Where:  4-H Building – Nebraska State Fair – Grand Island NE

When:  2 pm to 5:30 pm (Youth will need to be present and set up prior to that time – arrive between 1-1:30 to accomplish that)

Unloading and Reloading:  We have asked for and hope to receive unloading passes for each youth entrepreneur this year so items don’t have to be moved from public parking into the 4-H building

Entry Fees:  No fee for the showcase, but entry passes will be obtained for the youth entrepreneur and one adult

Please share this information with your campers.  For more information, please feel free to contact me anytime.  To register for the event, you, or the camper and family can contact me using any of the options below.  

Nancy Eberle

402-736-4691 (Home Office)

402-366-8001 (Cell)


Author: Nancy Eberle