No shortage of options in 4-H

February is an opportune time to get signed up
Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 12:11 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The month of February has, and continues to be, recognized as “Nebraska 4-H month” throughout the state, placing an emphasis on raising awareness to what 4-H offers children.

Anyone between the ages of five and 18 can get involved with 4-H and find a project, activity, or passion from agriculture, multimedia, STEM and more.

“If you have an interest we have a place for you,” Elizabeth Janning, the 4-H Youth Development Educator for UNL Extension, said. “If you’re interested in coding or robotics or computers we have that aspect of it.”

4-H is constantly expanding its areas of education to gain interest from every child, not just those involved in agriculture or showing animals.

One large benefit of the group, according to Janning, is the travel and educational opportunities 4-H offers children. Through a variety of scholarships and awards, children have the chance to travel to State Fairs, national conferences, conventions in Washington D.C. and receive scholarships for school. Each year the state sends 25 youth to 4-H Congress, which is near Washington D.C.

Although it’s never too late to get involved, Janning says now is the perfect time so youth can be offered every opportunity possible.

“Right now is the perfect time if they’re interested in getting signed up so then they can do summer workshops so that then they’re a part of the county fair,” Janning said.

Fees are not constant in 4-H however they do vary by county. For more information on getting involved people should contact their county’s extension office or can find more information here.

Friday, Feb. 19 was designated as “wear your 4-H shirt day” and the remaining Fridays in the month will also have a special task or designation. Soon there will also be “I belong” signs popping up in various counties to signify that 4-H is for everyone and everyone can belong.

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