The mission of Nebraska 4-H is to empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Nebraska 4-H strives to help young people achieve their greatest potential by introducing high-quality youth development programs and experiences into the lives of Nebraska youth and families. By taking part in Nebraska 4-H, youth are preparing for a successful future. Educational experiences offered through Nebraska 4-H focus upon the following priorities:
Reaching New & Underserved Audiences
In addition to the priority areas above, Nebraska 4-H is also working to ensure 4-H is accessible to all Nebraska youth. 4-H Teens as Teachers is a program that employs teens to design programs in partnership with 4-H staff to uniquely reach new and underserved youth in their communities. In 2018, 21 teen teachers reached more than 3,500 youth in 8 countries. After engaging in 4-H programming, youth reported the following:
- 80% said they like to learn new things.
- 78% reported setting goals for themselves.
- 92% are willing to work hard on something, even if it is difficult.
- 50% say it is hard to be a leader.
In 2018, the Juntos program was delivered at four sites in northeast Nebraska. The Juntos program is designed to provide Latino youth and their parents the knowledge and skills needed to bridge the gap between high school and higher education. Bilingual facilitators helped Latino youth from 40 Nebraska families explore pathways to college through collaboration and engagement with Nebraska Extension.