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      February is Nebraska 4-H Month

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      Nebraska 4-H is making a difference in the lives of young people acrossthe state. As we celebrate Nebraska 4-H Month we look at the benefits ofparticipating in 4-H.

      What is 4-H?

      4-H is a community of young people, ages 5-19 across America who arelearning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H empowers youth to reach their fullpotential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. In Nebraska,1 out of every 3 young people are taking part in 4-H and reaping the benefits.

      What are some of the benefits of being in 4-H?

      4-H'ers gain subject matter knowledge, while learning life skills. Lifeskills such as

      • Critical thinking,
      • Problem solving;
      • Respecting self, others, and the environment;
      • Communication;
      • Serving others;
      • Choosing healthy lifestyles; and
      • Managing change and challenges can be gainedthrough being in 4-H.

      What can youth do in 4-H?

      What is soexciting about 4-H is the affiliation of the University of Nebraska. Youthbenefit from fun researched-based educational programs. There are over 150projects for youth to choose from. Ranging from rockets, to livestock, to homeenvironment to computers. There is really something for everyone.

      In Kearneyand Franklin Counties we are just starting a Robotics/Lego League club foryouth to learn more about science, engineering and technology. We have shootingsports for those youth who would like to learn more about gun safety and bbguns, archery and trapshooting. Youth are taking part in service learningopportunities. There are programs for all ages.

      Counties do workshops,celebrations, County Fair, Citizenship Washington Focus Conference, clubmeetings.

      What is going on during Nebraska 4-HMonth?

      This is the time that we see 4-H Clubsgetting reorganized for the year. It's atime for us to recruit new members, while celebrating what a difference 4-Hmakes in the life of young people as well as adults. We have over 10,000volunteers in Nebraska who work with young people. So this is a great time tothank those volunteers and supporters for the work they do as well.

      There are also lots of different activitiesgoing on this month that varies from county to county. Some are doing specialdiscovery nights or family nights to introduce 4-H to young people. Others aredoing special promotions for 4-H and community presentations.

      For more information on being a part of4-H, call your local extension office.

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