2014 Nebraska State Fair
There's no place like the Nebraska State Fair! It's the premier showcase for 4-H'ers to share what they've learned and worked on in 4-H throughout the year. At the Fair, we celebrate the successes of thousands of kids who've learned and grown through 4-H.
The Nebraska State Fair is also a prime opportunity for 4-H'ers to cultivate skills they've learned in 4-H projects, put their life skills and good character to work, discover areas they'd like to learn more about, and to meet other kids and adults.
The 2014 Nebraska State Fair will be held August 22 - September 1, 2014, at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Nebraska. Numerous Nebraska State Fair 4-H Resources (fairbook, scoresheets and forms, schedules, results, etc.) are available to help prepare 4-H participants for the Nebraska State Fair events.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair!
Go Mobile! Download the 2014 4-H at the Nebraska State Fair App
Experience 4-H at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair from wherever you might be! Download the 4-H at the Nebraska State Fair App for your iPad/iPhone or Android mobile device. App users will be able to see a schedule of 4-H events, the results of all static exhibits and contests, 4-H news from the State Fair, and a fair map.
And, as you visit the 4-H Exhibit Hall at the Nebraska State Fair, be sure to check out the Seek and Scan game on the 4-H at the Nebraska State Fair App. Use your mobile device to scan the symbols on 36 static exhibits and see a video of the 4-H'er who completed the project, sharing what they learned!
Quilts of Valor
Nebraska 4-H youth, families, and/or volunteers are being asked 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. Read More
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!