Nebraska 4-H connects youth to important careers and strengthens their entrepreneurship skills. Entrepreneurship programs aim to increase the number of youth returning to rural communities in business and professions and to increase the number of youth who are entrepreneurs.
Through leadership development programs youth develop important life skills, including:
- Concern for others
- Contributing to a group
Signature program efforts around entrepreneurship include TEC Box for elementary youth where they invent a new product and explore entrepreneurship, Inventure Day for middle school youth to increase their knowledge of local businesses, business owners, and community opportunities while exploring entrepreneurial careers, and Sprint Startup for high school students to launch a business and pitch it to potential investors. Of the youth in these programs:
YOUTH DEVELOPED COGNITIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS SUCH AS PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND IDEA GENERATION
YOUTH INCREASED AWARENESS OF ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAITS AND SKILLS
YOUTH CAN IDENTIFY POTENTIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL CAREERS
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.