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4-H Teaches Life Skills

By Brandy
The 4-H youth development program uses resources of the land-grant university and the time, talent, and dedication of Extension staff, screened and hardworking leaders and volunteers to teach youth life skills. Nebraska 4-H engages youth through 4-H programs and activities by building positive youth relationships between youth and adults and providing needed support for youth to develop their strengths. Through development of positive partnerships and development of strengths, 4-H programs in Nebraska are developing life skills that help youth become competent when they transition from child to adulthood. A skill is a learned ability and life skills are competencies that assist people in functioning well in the environments in which they life.
The life skills model for 4-H as developed by Hendricks (1998) is used in Nebraska. This 4-H framework incorporates the four “H’s” of the clover, head, heart, hands and health. The skills are grouped as they follow below:
HEAD. Thinking skills are as broken down as follows: Learning to learn, decision-making, problem solving, critical thinking, and service learning.
HEAD. Managing skills are as follows: Goal setting, planning/organizing, wise use of resources, keeping records, and resiliency.
HEART. Relating skills are as follows: Communications, cooperation, social skills, conflict resolution, and accepting differences.
HEART. Skills that promote caring include: concern for others, empathy, sharing, nurturing, and relationships.
HANDS. Skills that enhance giving are community service/volunteering, leadership, responsibility, and contribution to a group.
HANDS. Skills that promote working are: marketable/useable skills, teamwork and being self-motivated.
HEALTH. Living skills youth learn include: healthy life-style choices, stress management, disease prevention and personal safety.
HEALTH. Skills that teach youth a sense of being are: self-esteem, self-responsibility, character, managing feelings and self-discipline.
For more information on how to enroll in the 4-H youth development program, contact the extension office.
Crop Scouting Training
Industry representatives and corn and soybean growers wanting to learn how to better manage corn and soybean pests should plan to attend the Nebraska Extension crop scout training for pest managers program March 13 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.
Experts from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will provide in-depth information on topics including: factors influencing the growth and development of corn and soybeans; corn and soybean insect management; weed control management; identifying weeds - plant morphology; using a key to identify weed seedlings; and crop diseases and quiz.
Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available with 6 in pest management, 1 in crop management and .5 in fertility/nutrient management.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop is from 9 a.m-5 p.m.
Cost for this training is $165 which includes a resource book. For participants attending the training only (no resource book) the fee is $50.  Fees include lunch, refreshment breaks, workshop materials and instruction manual. Registrants should preregister to reserve their seat and to ensure workshop materials are available the day of the training session. Updated reference materials are included in this year’s take- home instruction manual.To register, visit For more information, contact Nebraska Extension at (402) 624-8030, (800) 529-8030, or e-mail Keith Glewen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..