The 2014 Nebraska State Fair has been a wonderful showcase of year-round learning from participants in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development Program! At this year's fair, the successes of thousands of youth who have learned and have grown through 4-H were celebrated. Over 10,000 Nebraska State Fair 4-H Results from static exhibits, contests, and shows will be made available throughout the week following the conclusion of the Nebraska State Fair. Thank you for your support of learning opportunities for Nebraska 4-H youth!
2014 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment Announced
(September 8, 2014) On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, millions of young people across the nation became scientists for the day during the seventh annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD)!
In this year's experiment, Rockets to the Rescue, youth will learn about aerospace engineering. Read More
Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio
(September 8, 2014) 4-H youth across Nebraska have learned many great things throughout 2013-14 -- and now is the time to document these achievements through the 4-H Career Portfolio!
The 4-H Career Portfolio includes a listing of a 4-H'ers personal growth and leadership experiences related to the knowledge learned, skills gained, and community service/volunteer activities experienced through 4-H. The 4-H Career Portfolio is required for Nebraska 4-H youth to be eligible for many county and state awards.
The annual deadline for the completed 4-H Career Portfolio is typically in the fall. Contact your local UNL Extension Office for more information regarding record book deadlines and incentives/awards.
UNL Extension Celebrates Centennial
(May 8, 2014) On Thursday, May 8, UNL Extension celebrates 100 years of a proud legacy of building better lives for Nebraskans. Tied to UNL's flagship research powerhouse, over 300 UNL Extension professionals every day help Nebraska citizens gain benefits from the research and teaching of our Big Ten university. Learn More About Extension Centennial
In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act provided for mutual cooperation of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Land-Grant Colleges in conducting agricultural extenison work. And Nebraska 4-H was ready! By 1913, youth workers were already in place in counties. Cooperative Extension work, from its beginning, saw youth as an excellent audience for the dissemination of research-based information. The close relationship between Nebraska youth and UNL Extension continues today, 100 years later -- with 4-H as the link.
Professional Development Opportunity
The Career Development/College Readiness team would like to invite ALL Staff and 4-H volunteers to a professional development training on Friday, September 12th from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm CST in Grand Island, NE at College Park. Extension staff and volunteers interested in integrating college and career readiness topics into their programming are encouraged to attend. Team members will be providing updates on current programs, including Connect the Dots and the interview contest. New college and career readiness curriculum for a variety of age groups will be presented. Participants will leave with new curriculum, activities, and ideas of how to integrate this programming in local counties. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Please RSVP for the event by Monday, September 8th.
Youth Leading Through Service is designed to empower young leaders to create a positive impact on their communities. The project offers program and technical support as well as $500 seed money to youth teams that identify a community challenge or issue and propose a solution. The process to apply follows:
1. Identify a challenge or issue important to your community
2. Create a team of middle and/or high school students
3. Develop a project to address your identified community challenge
4. Apply for $500 to support your project (up to 10 available)
5. Implement your project & make a meaningful difference in your community
Applications are due by September 19, 2014 and projects are to be implemented by May 2015.
The Health Rocks! Carnival App and Website
Check it out! The Health Rocks! Carnival app is now available! The app, developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and piloted by Nebraska youth, is available free through iTunes and as a desktop game. The interactive game allows youth to test their knowledge of drug and alcohol facts, and health through carnival-themed games. The overall health status of their player is determined by how many health points they obtain, which will either turn their player into a superhero or an unhealthy person.
The Health Rocks! Carnival app is the first app created for a national 4-H curriculum, which is an extension of the current Health Rocks! curriculum and program initiative.
Career Explorer by Nebraska 4-H
Career Explorer will help you connect the dots between choices you make every day and the opportunities you could have in the future. You will begin with a Luck of the Draw card and from there you will be in control, making ongoing decisions about your education and future career opportunities. At each stage of the game, you will be able to enter the workforce, get additional education, or explore training programs. You will have access to more than 450 careers with up-to-date salary information and summaries for each!