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.
The Horsemanship Advancement Levels program is designed to serve as a guide for instruction and evaluation of each member's progress. The correct handling of horses is emphasized from the beginning level to the most advanced level. Each level has particular emphases to assist in developing 4-H member's self-discipline, patience, self-reliance, responsibility, and pride of accomplishments.
The 4-H Companion Animal Challenge is held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The Companion Animal Challenge offers a vareity of 4-H companion animal contests that don't require live animals, including a Demonstration Contest, Dog Quiz Bowl, Skillathon Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest. Youth have the opportunity to display their equine knowledge through these contests both as individuals and as part of a team. There is a $5 entry fee per contestant. A Brown Bag Lunch is available through a pre-order form. T-shirts need to be pre-ordered in order to secure a shirt.
The 4-H Horse Stampede is held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. This year's 4-H Horse Stampede will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017. This event offers a variety of 4-H horse contests that don't require live horses, including public speaking, demonstration, quiz bowl, art, and photography contests. Youth have the opportunity to display their equine knowledge through these contests both as an individual and as part of a team. Registration is required in order to participate in the Stampede and must be completed through local Extension offices by March 10, 2017. There is a $10 entry fee per contestant. A Brown Bag Lunch is available through a pre-order form. Along with lunches, T-shirts will also need to be pre-ordered in order to secure a shirt.
The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as a competent, caring, and contributing citizen. The program's overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is designed for all ages of 4-H members.
The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. The program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to exert the effort an opportunity to be recognized, regardless of how they are involved in 4-H.
Congratulations to the Plum Creek Rangers 4-H Club of Brown County for being selected as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month.
The Plum Creek Rangers have sixteen members, ranging in age from 5 -16 years old. The club meets monthly, with each family hosting a meeting. As each family hosts a meeting, they provide the snack and activity or project. The club meeting begins with members reciting the 4-H pledge, 4-H colors, 4-H motto, and 4-H creed. The club has learned the parliamentary procedure through club meetings. Currently eleven members are participating in the Diamond Clover program.
The Plum Creek Rangers volunteer at the local assisted living center by playing BINGO with the residents at least three times a year. Members are required to bring prizes to the BINGO date for the residents to win while playing the game. Members also sit with the residents and enjoy conversation together as they get to know each other. Members of the club also individually volunteer during the year by providing craft activities for the residents.
The Plum Creek Rangers also participate in service projects by decorating Valentines for Veterans, which are sent to veterans in Veteran homes or hospital facilities in the state of Nebraska. Five club members are also making quilts for local veterans. This project allows individual members to get to know more about our local veterans and their service experience, while giving them a special quilt in appreciation of their service to our country. The club also host the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Johnstown. This has been a tradition for at least five years.
The members of the Plum Creek Rangers enjoy 4-H projects including sewing, baking, rocketry, robotics, gardening, wielding, wood projects, quilting, livestock and animal (cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, and chickens) projects, livestock judging, public speaking, demonstrations, and fashion revue modeling.
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for Club of the Month. Clubs are encouraged to apply for next month and 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/.
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.