Career & College Readiness

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  • Program PrioritiesCareer & College Readiness

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Nebraska 4-H prepares youth to make informed decisions about their careers and college path. Programs assist young people with developing skills that will lead to greater persistence in college and employability. By participating in a college or career readiness program, youth gain awareness of higher education options, identify relationships between careers and 4-H projects, develop college and career readiness skills, aspire to and enroll in higher education, be engaged in on-campus events, and actively explore careers. 

Through career and college readiness programs youth develop important life skills, including:

  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-motivation
  • Responsibility

IMPACT

Signature program efforts around career and college readiness include Connecting the Dots, Big Red Summer Academic Camps, Building Your Futures, LEAP into Careers, and other college readiness programming. Together, these program reach more than 4,550 youth across the state. Of the youth who participated in these programs:

  • 97%

    YOUTH UNDERSTAND THEIR OPPORTUNITIES FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION IN NEBRASKA

  • 64%

    YOUTH REPORT AN INTEREST IN ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN

  • 70%

    YOUTH PLAN TO LIVE AND WORK IN NEBRASKA AFTER COLLEGE

The Nebraska 4-H Youth Development program strives to empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. To identify the impact that the Nebraska 4-H program is making in the lives of youth ages 5-18, various research studies have been conducted across Nebraska and the nation. 

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