National 4-H Council

Invitation to Participate in 4-H Marketing Update from National 4-H Council

Fri, 01/18/2019

Source: Tracy Pracheil

Next Wednesday, January 23, Josh Kligman, the Director of Field Marketing and Training for our state at National 4-H Council, will be attending the January In-Service Training in-person to present a session focused upon the 4-H Grows Here campaign and upcoming promotions (including Raise Your Hand and Inspire Kids to Do).

If you are not attending the January Training, I invite you to participate in a Zoom featuring his session, from 3-4pm CT/2-3pm MT.  The session will be recorded if you are unable to attend the training or join the Zoom. Below are the connection details:

Topic: National 4-H Marketing Update 

When: Jan 23, 2019 3:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16699006833,,183869562#  or +16468769923,,183869562#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923 

    Webinar ID: 183 869 562

    International numbers available:

As a reminder, a NEW Nebraska 4-H Marketing and Communication Toolbox is now available in Employee Resources at Josh will most likely be referencing materials located in the National 4-H Marketing Online Resource Center (MORC) that are accessible through this Toolbox or directly at
Questions? Contact Tracy Pracheil at 402-472-9016 or at

National 4-H Council Top Marketing Items

Fri, 01/18/2019

Source: Tracy Pracheil

The following are reminders from the 4-H Marketing Team at National 4-H Council regarding 4-H promotions and materials:

  • Registration for the National Youth Summit Series is now open. This year’s summits brings together some of the best and brightest students to focus on maker, agri-science, healthy living, and photography. Designed for high school students (grades 9-12), the summits provide opportunities to learn technical skills, participate in hands-on activities, workshops, and engage with nationally-recognized leaders.  Click here to register and learn more
  • Each year, we strive to make NYSD more fun, easier to facilitate, and more impactful in your community. To do that, we need your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete a survey that will help us make National Youth Science Day better than ever! Please feel free to share this with anyone else you know who participated in NYSD this year.

Get the latest updates on all things from National 4-H at

Applications Open: Google Science Fair

Fri, 11/30/2018

Source: National 4-H Council

Do you know youth with ideas that can make the world a better place? If you work with youth ages 13-18, Google invites you to bring their best ideas to life through the Google Science Fair. Tens of thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships await! But hurry, submissions close on December 12, 2018! Learn more at

2019 National Youth Summit on Photography Skills & Careers

Wed, 11/21/2018

Source: Danielle Dewees

National 4-H Conference Center is pleased to announce the arrival of the 4-H Photography Skills & Careers Summit to the National 4-H Conference Center. This totally new program is ramping up to be the one national 4-H event you won’t want to miss! Join delegates from across the country to explore emerging photography careers and related skills necessary for entry into tomorrow’s workforce. Sample mini-tracks to include sports photography, forensic science, photographic arts, nature photography, photo-technology, medical photography, photo-editing, photojournalism, space and military photography and show-animal photography.

The National Youth Summit on Photography Skills & Careers will be held February 28 through March 3, 2019. It is a national conference for high school students, grades 9 through 12. It’s designed for both the casual and experienced photographer. They’ll hear from leaders in the field of photography about advancements in technology, emerging photo-techniques, and the role of social media and responsible posting.

Attendees will be immersed in an agenda that’s loaded with mini-tracks, career roundtables, and off-campus experiences in the surrounding DC area to learn and grow. In addition, all attendees will experience our “Selfie 101” capstone event providing an evening of off-campus photo assignments while exploring the sights of our nation’s capital. Plus, all attendees will participate in a live social media event to launch the newly revised National 4-H Photography project series sponsored by the 4-H Mall.

Registration is open!
Register and find out more information at Registration closes on February 8, 2019.

Inspired by Science Photo Contest Live!

Fri, 10/26/2018

Source: National 4-H Council, Tracy Behnken

Please share this opportunity with the youth in your local communities!

Share How Science Inspires You and Win a Trip to the National Agri-Science Summit!

Do you have a passion for science and the role it plays in your everyday life?

You could have the chance to win a trip to the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science, in Washington, D.C., January 10-13, 2019.

Submit a photo showing how science inspires you. Perhaps you use nutritional science to cook delicious meals for your family or use chemistry to create slime. The opportunities are endless as science is such a part of everything we do.

The contest kicks off on October 22 and all entries are due by November 2, 2018. You must be between 14 and 18 to enter.

Enter by submitting your photo and caption online at


2019 Youth in Action Awards Applications Are Open!

Fri, 10/12/2018

Source: National 4-H Council

Every 4-H’er has a story, and every story is worth telling! The 4-H Youth in Action Awards Program is a premier opportunity for your 4-H'ers to share your stories of how 4-H has changed their lives and how they have, in turn, impacted others. Learn more at


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Fri, 10/12/2018

Source: National 4-H Council

Now through November 6, middle and high school students who volunteer can apply for the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The program honors students in grades 5-12 who make meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Top honorees earn cash prizes and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. for four days of national recognition events. Learn more at

National 4-H Launches Inspire Kids to Do Promotion During National 4-H Week

Fri, 10/05/2018

Source: Tracy Pracheil

Three years ago, the 4-H Grows Here national brand campaign began as a way to unify 4-H messaging across the country. Various promotions related to this campaign, such as Grow True Leadersand Raise Your Hand, have been introduced as a way of keeping the 4-H message fresh and new.

New for the fall of 2018, National 4-H is launching the Inspire Kids to Do promotion during National 4-H Week.

For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week from October 7-13. This year’s theme, Inspire Kids to Do, will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career. Throughout National 4-H Week, Nebraska 4-H has the opportunity to showcase the many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences as well as highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

The latest updates regarding National 4-H Week continue to be made available through the National 4-H Professional News and Notes (subscribe at The following are also resources available to assist you with local promotions of National 4-H Week:

National Youth Science Day: Month of October

This year’s National Youth Science Day challenge, Code your World, invites kids to get involved in computer science through hands-on doing and may be conducted anytime during the month of October. NYSD events may be hosted locally by county Extension offices, afterschool programs, school enrichment programs, or even camps. Nebraska’s statewide NYSD virtual event will be held on Tuesday, October 16, from 4-5pm CT/3-4pm MT. More information can be found at

4-H Spirit Day: Tuesday, October 9

As mentioned in the National 4-H Week Webinar, a 4-H Spirit Day will be held on Tuesday, October 9. On 4-H Spirit Day, 4-H participants and supporters across the country are encouraged to show 4-H pride by wearing 4-H shirts/apparel or the 4-H emblem to school or to work; those attending the NAE4-HA Conference will also be encouraged to wear their 4-H pride! National 4-H will be re-sharing photos that are posted to social media using the #InspireKidsToDo hashtag and will feature those wearing 4-H shirts/apparel. Many Nebraska counties encourage 4-H’ers to wear 4-H shirts throughout this week already; if the day chosen as 4-H Spirit Day in your county does not align with the nationally-selected day, not a problem! Continue to encourage 4-H’ers to wear their spirit and share their 4-H pride with others in your community.

Continuation of Inspire Kids to Do Promotion: Through May 30, 2019

The Inspire Kids to Do promotion will continue through May 30, 2019. The Inspire Kids to Do Toolkit contains additional resources that you may use, and many of these have also been customized for Nebraska. A new national video PSA, 4-H Inspires Kids to Do: Love, Mom, will also be shared through national media outlets.

If you have any questions regarding the latest marketing promotions from National 4-H Council, feel free to contact me at 402-472-9016 or at at your convenience!

4-H National Youth Summit on Agri-science

Fri, 10/05/2018

Source: Tracy Behnken

The 4-H National Youth Summit on Agri-science (!agri-science) is accepting workshop proposals. If accepted, the summit sponsors will provide registration scholarships for teams of FOUR to attend the Summit. This year the Summit will be January 10-13, 2019. This is a Thursday through Friday.

Last year’s Nebraska 4-H delegates can attest to the high quality program experience they had. Presenting a workshop provides an affordable way to bring a team of teens to the Summit. At the 2018 Summit, Rhonda Herrick, Kerry Elsen and Washington County all submitted successful workshop proposals and were given the opportunity to take teams of 4-H members. 

Again this year, I am serving on the Planning Committee. Workshop proposals are peer-reviewed by the full Planning Committee. The Summit is not exclusively for 4-H members. If you work closely with an FFA Chapter Advisor, you should consider sharing this opportunity and collaborating on a workshop or two. Also the summit is not exclusively for 4-H professional and youth teams. If you are interested in teaching youth about agri-science and cutting-edge agriculture issues, this opportunity is for you too! Please feel free to reach out to Rhonda, Kerry or me regarding our experiences and possible suggestions for workshop ideas.

For more details, refer to the message below.


We’re pleased to announce the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science will be held January 10- 13, 2019 at the National 4-H Conference Center. This national conference is open to high school students, grades 9 through 12. It is not limited to 4-H members.

Find full details including workshop proposal information can be found at The past year’s Agri-Science Summit engaged delegates from 19 states in creating impactful community action plans related to agriculture, food security and sustainability. Be sure your state is well represented in 2019!

Important dates:

  • Registration is open through December 28. 
  • Workshop proposals must be submitted online by October 26. Check out the registration scholarships thanks to Bayer!

We look forward to seeing your program represented at the 2019 National Youth Summit on Agri-Science.

National 4-H Council Top Marketing Items

Fri, 08/17/2018

Source: Tracy Pracheil

The following are reminders from the 4-H Marketing Team at National 4-H Council regarding 4-H promotions and materials:

  • We are very excited to announce the Bechtel Common Measures Viewership Module Survey Giveaway! The first 2,000 participants that take the Module 1: Getting to Know Common Measures & Lesson Study located on the eXtension website will receive a $20 gift card to Shop 4-H.
  • The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do. Click here for an informational webinar that as presented on July 18. Learn more about this year’s theme and how you can activate locally.
  • Want to learn more about Code Your World and how you can make the most of your 2018 National Youth Science Day event? Click here to listen today to the recorded informational webinar from July 31st.
  • National 4‑H Council is looking for 4‑H youth of all ages, educators, leaders, volunteers and parents from our 4‑H States and Clubs who have original ideas for fun, educational and/or service-oriented hands-on activities to be featured in Council’s brand campaign later this Fall. Submit your ideas today!

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