It's county fair season in Nebraska! County fairs are events held throughout the state of Nebraska that involve 4-H by giving youth an opportunity to develop their 4-H skills. At county fairs, 4-H members are able to exhibit the knowledge and ability that they have developed in their 4-H project areas, whether it is showing a bucket calf or displaying their photography. Members can showcase their work and accomplishments from 4-H through county fair shows.
Congratulations to the Gold Standard 4-H Club from Garfield County for being selected as your May 2017 Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month!
The club had a dream of starting an archery program for all the youth of the county and neighboring counties to enjoy. They knew it wouldn’t be easy, but they set their sights on some grant funds to make it happen. The Gold Standard Club’s actions were rewarded when they were recognized with the Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Award in 2016 and the corresponding grant. They also found funds locally through the Calamus Area Community Foundation and through local connections with the National Rifle Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The Gold Standard members knew that money wasn’t the only thing needed to accomplish their goal, so they planned Archery Fun Day. This event allowed the youth of Garfield, Loup, Wheeler and Valley Counties to learn just how fun archery is. They featured several archery stations with different challenges, a delicious lunch and raffles. Aside from earning more money for archery equipment, the Gold Standard Club created a lot of interest for archery and 4-H in the area. As a result, their club has experienced growth in numbers that has also created growth in the overall number of 4-Her’s in Garfield County.
Aside from their accomplishments in establishing archery as a premier project in Garfield County, the Gold Standard Club has continued to set the “gold standard” for excellence as a 4-H club through their regular meetings, leadership development and annual community service projects.
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for the next Club of the Month. All clubs are encouraged to apply to be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Applications can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.
Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success”.
This spring, Nebraska 4-H is asking alumni to raise their hands!
We believe that every child deserves the chance to succeed. If you're a 4-H alumni or know someone who is, we're asking for your help in spreading the word. Together we can help 4-H provide the hands-on learning that empower kids across America with the skills to hands what life throws at them.
- Raise Your Hand: Go to http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ to show your pride as a 4-H alumni.
- Compete for Nebraska: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000, or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised. In Nebraska, this award will be used to reach more youth through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.
- Pay it Forward: Tweet, post, and share your #4HGrown and #NE4H experience or support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/.
Help kids learn responsibility, compassion, respect, and the value of hard work by supporting 4-H. Together we can grow the next generation of true leaders.
Nebraska 4-H youth, families, and volunteers are invited to participate in a statewide community service effort by creating and donating quilts to the service men and women who are protecting our country and who are "touched by war." The quilts will be collected and given through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
4-H members and volunteers can work alone or in groups to make the quilts. Donations of fabric, batting or machine-quilting may be located in order to complete the project. Service organizations or other donors in the community may help provide funds for the Quilt of Valor. The quilts may then be entered in county fairs and the Nebraska State Fair in the citizenship, quilt quest, or design decisions project areas.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please review the Nebraska 4-H Quilts of Valor Statewide Guidelines.
The 2016 Quilts of Valor Presentation will be held at the Nebraska State Fair. For times and locations, please see the 4-H State Fair schedule.
Thank you for your support of the United States military!
Clubs, families, and 4-H'ers are encouraged to submit their 4-H community service projects of any scale to our statewide community service map. Service to the community is an integral part of the 4-H experience. This map is a way of showing the value of 4-H'ers contributions and a chance for youth to gain statewide recognition for their efforts. See the current map or submit your own community service project using the links below.
4-H Grows Here... Empowering youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
In Nebraska, 4-H reaches 1-in-3 age-eligible youth and engages youth and families in all 93 counites. As positive development professionals, we strive to prepare youth for their successful futures through career development and healthy living. We engage them in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Agricultural Literacy efforts that will enable them to lead these industries in the future. And, we empower their unique leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirits that will ensure they make a lasting and positive contribution to their communities.
Data included in the 2016 Impact Report represents youth responses from across the state following their engagement in one or more 4-H program experiences, more than 4,000 responses were collected. 4-H reaches youth in clubs, afterschool, school enrichment, special interest and camp programming.