Nebraska 4-H fosters youth's commitment to their communities and growing future leaders. Through community development programs, youth develop and exercise leadership skills, gain a greater awareness of their civic responsibilities, participate in service projects, be represented on community decision bodies, and be engaged, well-informed citizens who are active in their local and global communities.
Through leadership development programs youth develop important life skills, including:
- Concern for others
- Contributing to a group
Signature program efforts around leadership development includes the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens leadership program designed to develop the habits uniquely outlines by Franklin-Covey to help youth successfully navigate their teen life experiences. Of the youth in these programs:
YOUTH REPORT AN INCREASE IN ACTIVE LISTENING SKILLS
YOUTH REPORT THAT THEY LISTEN TO OTHERS WITH THE INTENT TO UNDERSTAND
YOUTH STRONGLY AGREE THEY WILL LOOK FOR BETTER WAYS TO DO THINGS BY WORKING WITH OTHERS
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.