Megan Burda â€“ York/Polk Extension Educator
Get Ready for the New 4-H Year!
Now is the time to startÂ making plans for the newÂ 4-H year. If you are new to 4-HÂ the Nebraska Extension program wouldÂ LOVE to help your family become involved as part of the â€œ4-H Family!â€Â Â
If your child is 5-7 there is the Clover Kids level of 4-H membership. Clover Kids can do special projects designed for their age level, as well as taking part in â€œclub projectsâ€ of all sorts. Clover Kids may also exhibit at the county fair and will receive comments and encouragement on their exhibits and will receive a special Clover Kid ribbon and aÂ premium for each exhibit.Â
The traditional 4-H program is designed for children 8-18 as of January 1Â of the current year. 4-H members at this level can choose from hundreds of projects and investigate careers and interests to see if it is really something they want to do. If they try a project and decide they donâ€™t like doing something, you might have just saved thousands of dollars in college tuition!Â
4-H uses a â€œLearning by Doingâ€ approach so both children and adults learn through the program. There are a number of ways to be involved in 4-H.Â TraditionalÂ 4-HÂ clubsÂ are the life-blood of the program with 4-H members learning with their friends as parents and other caring adults guide them as 4-H Leaders in the projects and activities. There are alsoÂ camps,Â after-school activities, school enrichment, and programs/eventsÂ to helpÂ youth acrossÂ the county and state becomeÂ involved with the 4-H Program.Â Â
Over 150 projects are available to 4-H youth. Projects in the area of robotics, computers, healthy eating, fitness, meal preparation, rocketry, clothing care and construction, first aid, woodworking, animals, plants, gardening, public speaking, theatre, and many others, develop skills needed for a positive and successful future.Â
Â Lifetime BenefitÂ
4-H prepares young people for higher education and potential careers. 4-H does this by emphasizing life skills, such as critical thinking; problem solving; respecting self, others, and the environment; communication; serving others; choosing healthy lifestyles; and managing change and challenges. 4-H also provides youth the opportunity to meet people across oneâ€™s community, county, the state, nation, and even the world! Lifelong friendships are often formed with youth involved with 4-H. Because the program includes a large range of ages, youth have an opportunity to serve and become a role model for others.Â
4-H youth and their family members are encouraged to attend meetings together. Work on projects can take place at home â€“ in the yard or around the kitchen table â€“ with guidance from Mom or Dad, an older brother or sister, a neighbor, friend, or other adult.Â 4-H members need support and encouragement of their families. Growing together through 4-H enhances family strengths.Â
Â Strong Roots, Promising FutureÂ
ForÂ over 100 years, youth and adults have been working together â€“ learning, doing, growing, and serving. Today, 4-H in Nebraska reaches approximately one-third of our stateâ€™s youth. Educational opportunities have expanded over the years. 4-H has something to offer for everyone!Â ToÂ learn moreÂ about the Nebraska 4-H program goÂ toÂ www.4h.unl.eduÂ or contact the York County Extension Office at 402-362-5508 or york.unl.edu. Make joining 4-H part of yourÂ new yearâ€™s resolution as a member, parent and/or leader!Â
Source:Â Eric Stehlik, Extension Assistant in Saline County. This article comes from a series of resources developed by 4-H Youth Development professionals in the NE and SE District.
Quilts of Valor II Documentary to Air on NET
Last year Iowa Public Television came to York, NE and the Nebraska State Fair to videotape Nebraska 4-Hers who were working with Quilts of Valor. Several of our 4-Hers, leaders, and Extension Staff were interviewed and showcased. Â The 100+ minute documentary was shown in Iowa the first part of December.Â The Quilts of Valor II Documentary will be broadcasted on NET (1) on Sunday, March 6 at 12:30pm CT.Â It is also scheduled on NET Create (3) on March 7 at 11:00am CT and March 12 at 2pm CT.Â
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