Nebraska 4-H Month
Nebraska 4-H Month, traditionally held during February each year, is an opportunity to celebrate 4-H locally, recruit new members and volunteers, and have fun! In 2022, it will also be a time to celebrate all the ways in which 4-H helps young people find a sense of belonging.
Dates to celebrate:
- 4-H Spirit Day - Wednesday, February 2, 2022
- Wear green, the 4-H emblem, or your favorite 4-H T-shirt!
- Share your 4-H Spirit on social media using #NE4HMonth, #iBelong, and the Nebraska 4-H - I Belong Facebook profile frame.
- 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Day - Wednesday, February 9, 2022
- Send handwritten thank-you notes, treats, or goody bags to your club and projects leaders.
- Shout out your club and project leaders on social media using #NE4HMonth.
- Nominate your favorite 4-H volunteer for a Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Recognition Award.
- 4-H Weekend of Service - February 12-13, 2022
- Coordinate your own community service project, such as picking up trash, holding a food drive, collecting items for a local shelter, or making care packages. For more inspiration, check out these 4-H civic engagement ideas. After the project is complete, be sure to submit your community service project for a chance to see it showcased by Nebraska 4-H.
- Contribute to other groups' community service projects.
- Volunteer your time with a local non-profit organization.
- 4-H Sponsor & Donor Appreciation Day - Wednesday, February 16, 2022
- Ask your local Extension office for the contact information for a 4-H donor and sponsor. Send them a hand-written thank-you note.
- 4-H Professional Appreciation Day - Wednesday, February 23, 2022
- Make and deliver 4-H-themed treats or goody bags to your local Extension office.
- Should out your local 4-H educators, assistants, and staff on social media using #NE4HMonth.
Consider hosting a Nebraska 4-H Instagram Takeover during Nebraska 4-H Month! The goal of our Instagram takeovers is to show the wide variety of opportunities in 4-H, provide a glimpse into what it's like to be involved in 4-H, and to help tell the stories of 4-H. Ideas for takeovers include:
- a day in the life of a 4-H volunteer, parent, professional etc.
- behind-the-scenes of a 4-H project, contest, event, etc.
- 4-H community service projects
To apply to take over the Nebraska 4-H Instagram, please complete the interest form.
True Leaders in Service
Every day, 4-H members across the nation pledge their hands to larger service. And every day, 4-H members are rolling up their sleeves and putting their pledge into action – leading positive change that empowers their peers and their communities. This April, 4-H is launching an annual True Leaders in Service initiative in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Month. True Leaders in Service, a month-long community service activation, will officially kick-off the first day of April, and culminate with the National 4-H Day of Service on the last Saturday in April. Thousands of 4-H members will venture out into their communities to do what 4-H members do best: they will lead in service to tackle community challenges and help meet the needs of others.
National 4-H Week
First Full Week in October
National 4-H Week is held every year during the first full week of October. Celebrations for this event can be customized specifically to your club or county. This may include planning educational events, special celebrations, community service events, etc.
The theme, Find Your Spark, is a campaign developed by National 4-H Council. The celebration is intended to highlight the remarkable 4‑H youth in your communities and showcase the incredible experiences that 4‑H offers young people. Join this year's celebration on social media using #4H and #NE4H, and show us how you are celebrating! For more ways to get involved or to find celebration events in your community, contact your local Extension office.
Name & Emblem Guidelines
The 4-H Name and Emblem are protected under federal statute Title 18, U.S. Code 707. Clubs, members, and volunteers are permitted to use the 4-H Name and Emblem once their program is chartered with the official 4-H Charter from 4-H National Headquarters.