When was the last time you discovered something new? Nebraska 4-H invites you to make a difference in the life of a young person and discover even more in the process: friends, fun, memories, and special talents! We have a variety of involvement opportunities to fit your interests and availability.
As a 4-H volunteer, your primary goal is to help children and youth develop competency in their projects, confidence in themselves and others, connections in their community, and sound character. You are to help kids do what they are capable of doing. You are to promote teamwork and leadership while helping the 4-H'ers learn and have fun.
Everything you say and do should be consistent with the six core ethical values comprising good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, and citizenship. 4-H Volunteers are expected to:
- Encourage and justify trust.
- Treat all others with respect, courtesy, and consideration.
- Inform themselves about youth and their positive development.
- Teach and model kindness and compassion for others.
- Teach and model fair-mindedness by being open to ideas, suggestions, and opinions of others.
- Teach and model the importance of obeying laws and rules as an obligation of citizenship.
- Not use alcohol or illegal substances while working with or being responsible for youth, or allow youth to do so while under their supervision.
- Provide a safe environment.
- Teaching Resources
- Pick Your Project
- Project Resource Central (download)
- Buy Nebraska 4-H Curriculum
- Buy National 4-H Curriculum
- Mobile & Web Apps
General 4-H Resources
HOW TO GET STARTED
STEP 1: Complete the Youth Protection Screening
All Nebraska 4-H volunteers must complete the Youth Protection 4-H Volunteer Screening before volunteering with 4-H in any capacity. To begin the screening process, please contact your local Extension office or return the completed, notarized form below to your local Extension office.
STEP 2: Find a Volunteer Opportunity
Once the screening process is complete you are welcome to any of the volunteer opportunities available at both county and state levels. Please Request Information or contact your local Extension office for additional volunteer opportunities in your community. The volunteer screening process will be repeated every 4 years by your county office.
Nebraska 4-H is excited to be able to recognize our volunteers through both county and state awards. The volunteer recognition program is designed to complement the tradition of recognizing outstanding volunteers and provide a standard and consistent approach to volunteer recognition across Nebraska. The purpose is to provide a base for Extension staff to sustain volunteers, build leadership potential, and offer recognition and praise for the great work of volunteers. The program allows counties to select the components that fit their needs.
The Pick Your Project is an online project selection guide for finding both county-only and state fair eligible 4-H fair projects and their resources. Users can search by keywords or browse by project area, curriculum area, and experience level. Project resources and learning objectives are included with each project. Looking for a printed version? Download the 2017 Project Resource Central.
MOBILE & WEB APPLICATIONS
Career Explorer (also available as a web-based, desktop game) will help you connect the dots between the choices you make every day and the opportunities you could have in the future. At each stage of the game you will be able to enter the workforce, get additional education, or explore training programs. At the conclusion of the game you will have the opportunity to email the results to yourself with tips on how to make that career a reality in your life.
Health Rocks! Carnival
Health Rocks!® is curricula for a healthy living program targeted at young people ages 8 to 14. Health Rocks! helps youth develop life skills in the area of critical thinking, decision-making, communication, managing feelings, stress management and goal setting; in turn building resiliency skills, and promoting the resistance of risky behaviors. The Health Rocks! Carnival is also available as a web-based desktop game.
Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair
Keep up-to-date with everything Nebraska 4-H has to offer at this year's Nebraska State Fair by downloading the Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair app. Get access to the latest updates, schedules, results, and more! Even keep up with #NE4H on social media. You won't miss a minute of the fun with everything this app has to offer.
Youth who are enrolled 4-H members may participate in numerous educational programs at local, county, district, and state levels. The programs listed below are available to youth across Nebraska regardless of county residence. The list includes programs offered at county, district, and state levels.
Please note that some programs held at local, county, or district level may not be included on this list if they are not open to youth across the state. To learn more about these types of programs, please contact your local Extension office.
Additionally, there are educational programs held at regional and national levels. To learn more about these program, please visit 4-H.org.