4-H Grows Here... Empowering youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
In Nebraska, 4-H reaches 1 in 3 age-eligible youth and families in all 93 counties with the support of over 12,000 volunteers. These youth, ages 5-18, participate in 4-H through a variety of delivery modes, including clubs, camps, afterschool programs, school enrichment, and special interest programs.
As positive youth development professionals, we strive to prepare youth for their successful futures through career development and healthy living. We engaged them in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and agricultural literacy efforts that will enable them to lead these industries in the future. And, we empower their unique leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirits to ensure they make a lasting and positive contribution to their communities.
Data included in the 2017 impact report represents youth reponses from across the state following their engagement in one or more 4-H program experiences. More than 4,000 responses were collected.
Nebraska 4-H is proud to recognize the following outstanding volunteers for their commitment to the program.
Dixie Zeigler of Hamilton County is the Nebraska 4-H Volunteer of the Year. Zeigler is a dedicated 4-H mom, club leader, and volunteer. She has served as a Hamilton County club leader for six years and as the home environment co-superintendent at the county fair for two years. Zeigler is committed to keeping the traditional 4-H program strong, while helping youth be engaged in today's society through new and unique activities.
Christina Lyons of Gage County was named the Nebraska 4-H Lifetime Volunteer of the Year. Lyons has volunteers for the Gage County 4-H program for 13 years. In addition to serving as a 4-H club leader, she helps train 4-H volunteers, serves as a superintendent at the county fair, and is a member of the Gage County 4-H Council. Lyons has expanded the use of 4-H curriculum to local public school educational efforts to help the school meet state educational standards. Her compassion shows through her conviction that 4-H can benefit all youth regardless of income level, family structure, race, religion, or political belief.
Both Zeigler and Lyons are now eligible for regional awards in the North Central Region.
This month we would like to congratulate the Cloverdale 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for November 2017. This club from Chambers, in Holt County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.
The Cloverdale 4-H Club is an active group of kids and adults. It has more 30 members ranging in age from 5 to 18. The club holds at least 7 meetings a year where the pledge is recited and parliamentary procedure is used to conduct the meetings. Every year the group does one or two club projects such as re-wiring a lamp, making a small bookshelf, making an extension cord, using a recycled tire, rocketry, canning, baking and a variety of craft projects. The members have learned life skills at the meetings as well. They have learned how honey is extracted, how to sew on a button, basic cooking, simple sewing, gardening, canning and once they even learned table etiquette.
Members are great about helping get the fairgrounds ready every year. The club cleans and prepares the show barn and helps put out trash cans. They donate money to purchase trophies and auction items. They even donated $250 to three 4-H clubs in Kansas that were affected by the wild fires last year. The Cloverdale 4-H Club holds a meeting at the assisted living center once a year and then play Bingo with the residents. Many residents still remember the 4-H pledge from their 4-H days.
The club holds various social gatherings throughout the year. The annual Christmas party and gift exchange is a fun way for whole families to celebrate together. During the fair, members hold a club lunch after the swine show since almost half of the club is involved with pigs. To celebrate the end of summer, members go tanking and have a bonfire.
“Our club is one of only a few in our county that is really active and I am excited to be the club leader,” said Amy Halsey. “Truly, this is a club of excellence.”
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation or e-mail email@example.com.
This month we would like to congratulate the County Liners 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for October 2017. This Club from Meadow Grove, in Antelope County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.
The County Liners 4’H Club currently has over 30 members age 5-18 years old and have helped Antelope County 4-H grow considerably in the last four years. There was only one member left in this club in 2013. When a group of kids decided they wanted to become more involved in 4-H, a vote was taken to continue the tradition of County Liner excellence in Antelope County as opposed to starting a new Club.
The County Liners host meetings multiple times a year and vote on officers annually promoting the involvement of multiple club members. Since 2013, the County Liners have adopted 2 miles of highway 275, hold meetings approximately 8 times per year, hosted multiple project dates (quilting, welding, shooting sports, cookie baking, photography, and poultry information), held the Herdsmanship award for large or small breeds during the Antelope County Fair each year and donated to a boy and girl on the Angel Tree at Christmas. The club also started an annual horse show at the Antelope County fairgrounds in 2016, assisted with community fund-raising for families in need, donated award/trophy money to the County Fair board, produced multiple members and actively participate in the Antelope County Fair Committee and participated in Horse Bowl.
Additionally, one County Liners member received the Outstanding Boy of the Year for his hard work. The club was awarded Club of the Year for Antelope County in 2015. This Club continues to look for ways to be involved in the community and promote 4-H. The members have enjoyed learning about 4-H, their motto, beliefs and the promotion of youth. They look forward to continuing to be active in Antelope County.
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you attend the Husker football game against Ohio State on October 14th? If so, you probably saw Nebraska 4-H featured on Husker Vision during half time. As the band exited the field, the NU for NE: Shaping Future Nebraska Leaders video was shown to thousands of Husker fans. The one-minute video shows how Nebraska 4-H is shaping future Nebraska leaders.
Enrollment is now open for the 2018 program year! Enrollment is not required for many 4-H programs and events. However, club and independent members are required to officially enroll through 4-H Online each year to maintain membership. By enrolling youth have the opportunity to participate in county fairs, the Nebraska State Fair, and additional statewide programs. Club and project leaders must also enroll through 4-H Online each year. There is no state-level fee for officially enrolling. However, some counties or clubs may implement their own annual fees. Additionally, each county implements their own enrollment deadlines. Please contact your local 4-H office for more information.
Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success”.
Clubs, families, and 4-H'ers are encouraged to submit their 4-H community service projects of any scale to our statewide community service map. Service to the community is an integral part of the 4-H experience. This map is a way of showing the value of 4-H'ers contributions and a chance for youth to gain statewide recognition for their efforts. See the current map or submit your own community service project using the links below.