Nebraska 4-H Youth Development Program Priority
Career & College Success
In a world of rapid change, young people need the right mix of knowledge, skills, and experiences to effectively transition from education into the workforce. Youth need to be aware, explore, and intentionally prepare for their next steps in life. Today’s careers have multiple entry and exit points, and it is important for young people to recognize how to navigate effectively to reach their fullest potential. Through College and Career Readiness programs, youth will develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets through experiential learning opportunities to explore potential postsecondary education and career options.
Nebraska 4-H prepares youth to make informed decisions about their careers and college paths. Programs assist young people with developing skills that will lead to greater persistence in college and employability. By participating in a college or career readiness program, youth gain awareness of higher education options, identify relationships between careers and 4-H projects, develop college and career readiness skills, aspire to and enroll in higher education, be engaged in on-campus events, and actively explore careers.
Participation in 4-H can help youth connect the dots between their current educational experience through postsecondary education and training in the workforce. Preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s world includes connecting youth with caring adult mentors and business and industry professionals who help them gain confidence, take ownership of their learning and make informed decisions regarding their personal career path. College and Career Readiness programs can help lead young people to gainful employment, providing sustainable wages and opportunities for advancement to meet the demands of our ever-changing global workforce.
Through these programs, youth practice critical life skills, including
and many more
Real World Money
Real World Money is a half-day or full-day program delivered through an interactive financial literacy simulation workshop.
Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots is a full-day program delivered through an interactive college/career simulation workshop featuring military, postsecondary, and business and industry experiences.
Next Chapter at Nebraska includes 4 chapters per year delivered through classrooms, afterschool, clubs, retreats, and virtual programs.
4-H Tech Changemakers offers multiple 45-minute to 1-hour sessions for high school students and adult job seekers. The program is delivered via in-person or online digital employability skills training.
Additional Statewide Programs
Career Chat Live
Career Chat Live is a live, online career exploration experience for middle school students. Each session focuses on a new set of careers and feature real-world workforce professionals as guest speakers. The program is offered in partnership with EducationQuest Foundation
Big Red Camps
Big Red Summer Camps are residential, career exploration experiences held each June at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. During the week-long camps, youth will work with faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp, like filmmaking or crop science. Topics vary each year. The program is open to all youth in grades 9th/10th-12th, including recent high school graduates.
Mapping Your Success
This train-the-trainer program is designed to help counselors and teachers equip their high school students to take initiative in building a path to career and college success.
Launching Nebraska-nauts was an in-flight education downlink experience connecting students across Nebraska to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Resources from the live event are available for educators.
pilot: Making the Connection
Target audience: 5-8th grades
Delivery: Project-based challenge with business and industry mentors
Timeframe: synchronous half-day
pilot: Stepping into Success
Target audience: 9-12th grades
Delivery: Online course with ability to earn digital badges
Timeframe: synchronous, asynchronous
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