Celebrating National 4-H Week


National 4-H Week is held every year during the first full week of October. 

This year Oct. 2-8, 2022 is National 4-H Week. 4-H is part of each Land Grant University System across our Nation. During 4-H Week and beyond, we celebrate our amazing members and tireless volunteers.  The power of the 4-H program, empowering nearly six million young people across the United States with skills to lead for a lifetime. The Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development program works towards the outcomes of the Nebraska 4-H strategic plan. Each year, Nebraska 4-H measures the success in reaching these outcomes. More than 1,000 youth from across the state contribute their responses to a mixed methods study. The results and participant comments shared in these reports illustrate the impact Nebraska 4-H is making in the lives of young people. Some of the impacts include:

• 2,650 Nebraska high schoolers who took part in the Next Chapter Nebraska college-readiness program. 93 % of the Next Chapter Nebraska participants shared that 4-H has helped them make decisions about college. 

• Teams of youth develop unique business concepts around a given widget which is used as inspiration for a product or service during INVENTURE Day. Teams move through the INVENTURE Factory, completing challenges and working together to develop their business idea.  71% of the youth who participated shared that activities completed during INVENTURE Day helped them understand the process of creating a business.

In Nebraska, one in three age-eligible youth participate in 4-H. Through 4-H, these young people gain experiences that help them become creative thinkers, skilled employees, and good citizens. Nebraska Extension not only brings 4-H to Nebraska; it brings an array of University resources and research by partnering with schools, after-school programs and youth organizations to provide curriculum and educational content.  As a result of this involvement, the next generation of Nebraskans are ready to enhance our workforce and become responsible community leaders.

 For more information on Nebraska 4-H contact your local Nebraska Extension Office. 


 October Calendar

Oct. 1:  Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium application deadline.

Oct. 1-14: 4-H Online website shut down (Tentative).

Oct. 2-8: National 4-H Week.

Oct. 3-7: Take Home Projects ready for pick up

Oct. 8: 4-H State Rodeo.

Oct. 10: Columbus Day Observed, Extension Office closed.

Oct. 14-16: 4-H Foundation Trail Ride – Halsey, Nebraska.

Oct. 15: Make it with Wool Contest Entries DUE.

Oct. 15: Shooting Sports Leader Update Session – Ashland.

Oct. 15-16: Shooting Sports Shotgun leader Certification and Ambassador Workshop – Ashland.

Oct. 17: 4-H Online website open for 2023 Enrollment (Tentative)

Oct. 22: Shooting Sports Leader Update Session – Nebraska City.

Oct. 22-23: Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop – Nebraska City.

Oct. 31: Clover Kid Meeting Registration due.