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  • Program PrioritiesEntrepreneurship

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Nebraska 4-H connects youth to important careers and strengthens their entrepreneurship skills. Entrepreneurship programs aim to increase the number of youth returning to rural communities in business and professions and to increase the number of youth who are entrepreneurs. 

Through leadership development programs youth develop important life skills, including:

  • Leadership
  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Concern for others
  • Contributing to a group


Nebraska 4-H empowers youth's unique Leadership skills and Entrepreneurial spirits to ensure they make lasting positive contributions to their Communities. Signature program efforts designed to empower youth leadership and entrepreneurship include INVENTURE Day, TEC Box, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Together, these programs are making a significant impact on youth across the state.

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More than 100 mentors, volunteers, and businesses supported Youth Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities (YEBO) activities and 1,500 youth participated in the curriculum including INVENTURE Day and TEC (Tinker Explore Create) Box. 85% of youth involved in INVENTURE Day reported that they know what it takes to start a business as compared to 27% before the program.


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88% of youth engaged in TEC Box believe they are able to come up with creative ideas to solve problems.

"The most important thing I learned today is being an entrepreneur is fun!”
TEC Box Participant

TEC Box Curriculum

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Teen engaged youth statewide. More than 100 participants reported an increase from 35% to 61% in accepting responsibility for their own behavior. Youth also reported an increase from 41% to 66% that they enjoy creative cooperation.