4-H is a community of young people, ages 5-18 (as of January 1st of the current year), across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H is education for life that uses a learn-by-doing approach. 

Customizable Experience
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.

Lifetime Benefit
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 one’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.

Family Affair
4-H youth and their family members are encouraged to attend meetings together. Work on projects can take place at home – in the yard or around the kitchen table – with guidance from Mom or Dad, an older brother or sister, a neighbor, friend or other adult. 4-H members need the support and encouragement of their families. Growing together through 4-H enhances family strengths.

Strong Roots, Promising Future
For over 100 years, youth and adults have been working together – learning, doing, growing and serving. Today, 4-H in Nebraska reaches approximately one-third of our state’s youth. Educational opportunities have expanded over the years. 4-H has something to offer for everyone!

Affiliation of Research Institutions and Local Partners
In Nebraska, 4-H is provided through University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in cooperation with county governing boards, the University of Nebraska and the United States Department of Agriculture. UNL Extension staff and volunteers work together to deliver Thurston County’s 4-H program.

Organization Waiting to be Discovered by You and Your Family!
Become involved with the 4-H Program, as a 4-H youth or a volunteer, by contacting the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office in Thurston County at (402) 385-6041 or at thurston-county@unl.edu.

For additional information on 4-H, check out the following sites: thurston.unl.edu and 4h.unl.edu.