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Spotlight on 4-H Newsletters

Spotlight on 4-H Newsletters

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Nebraska’s “Spotlight on 4-H Newsletter” is written by extension staff for 4-H volunteers during the months of January through July. It is packed with information and resources to educate, inform and motivate 4-H members and families.





Spotlight on 4-H Newsletters


Spotlight on 4-H Index by Topic


April 2014:

  • Parental Involvement
  • What About Woodworking?
  • 4-H Interview Contests
  • Preparing Your 4-H Cat for the Show
  • Design Principles and Elements for Home Environment Exhibits
  • UNL - Learning Communities

March 2014:

  • 4-H Policy
  • Virtual 4-H Field Trips
  • Presentations/Multimedia Contest: The Show & Tell of 4-H
  • Fairy Gardens
  • Repurposed, Reclaimed! Upcycled, Upscaled!
  • UNL - Agronomy Opportunities

February 2014:

  • Clover Kids Resources
  • 4-H - Pledge Your Hands to Service
  • 4-H Public Speaking Contests
  • Animal Science and Record Keeping
  • New Clothing Projects!
  • UNL - Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship

January 2014:

  • Clover Kid Kaleidoscope
  • 4-H - Your Career Connection
  • Nebraska Diamond Clover Program
  • All “Ewe” Need to Know About Showing Sheep
  • A Space for Me...and Some Clover Kids
  • UNL - A National Leader

July 2013:

  • Empowering 4-H Teens
  • Community Service with a Food Twist
  • Keep it Safe at 4-H Club Meetings
  • Fun Science Project for your Non-Science Club Meeting
  • Baking it Easy: Bread in a Bag - World of Wheat Science
  • Developing Leaders for Tomorrow
  • Youth Corn Challenge
  • Focus on UNL--Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management

June 2013:

  • Diamond Clover Program Provides Focus for Your 4-H Year
  • Making Food for Me!
  • Decorate Your Duds Ideas
  • Become a Scientist for the Day: Be Part of the National Science Experiment
  • Ag Literacy & 4-H Meetings
  • Statewide Citizenship Opportunities
  • 4-H: Your Career Connection
  • Focus on UNL--Applied Science

May 2013:

  • Using the 4-H Emblem
  • Food, Culture and Heritage
  • Child Development & 4-H Outcomes
  • Environmental Science & Outdoor Skills
  • Bugged by Entomology!
  • 4-H Hands for Service
  • Connecting the Dots for Careers
  • Focus on UNL—Textiles and Fashion Design

April 2013:

  • The Ages and Stages of Clover Kids
  • Get Moving at Your Club Meetings!
  • Photography Portfolios
  • Animal Science — More Than Just at County Fair
  • Every Day is Earth Day...in Agriculture
  • Incorporating Older Youth at Club Meetings
  • Focus on UNL — Environmental Restoration

March 2013:

  • Four C’s to Successful Club Projects
  • Make Healthy Foods Fun for Kids
  • Clover Kid Fun is Just a Click Away
  • Kitchen Science
  • Food Security and Hunger Relief
  • 5 Steps to Organizing a Service Project
  • Making the connection: 4-H Contests and Careers
  • Focus on UNL — Special Education

February 2013:

  • 4-H and Volunteers
  • Prevent Food Allergy Reactions
  • Fads and Fashions
  • The Power of Wind
  • Popcorn — Let’s Get Popping!
  • Focus on Photography Portfolios!
  • 2013 Big Red Camps
  • Focus on UNL — Microbiology

January 2013:

  • Selecting 4-H Projects
  • 4-H Healthy Living Officer
  • "A Space for Me!" Clover Kids Project
  • Bringing Science into Club Meetings — the Scientific Method
  • Farm to Table in 4-H
  • Parliamentary Procedure at Club Meetings
  • Entrepreneurship

July 2012:

  • Your Thanks Can Go a Long Way
  • Preparing Vegetables for Exhibit
  • Decorate Your Duds
  • 4-H Career Connection
  • Preparing Clothing Exhibits for Fair
  • Animal Science Careers at UNL

June 2012:

  • Physical Activity at 4-H Club Meetings
  • Tips for Accessorizing your 4-H Fashion Revue Outfit
  • Age Appropriate Toys for Children
  • Kitchen Science
  • Seam Finishes
  • Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences at UNL

May 2012:

  • Understanding Competition in 4-H
  • Baking for People with Food Allergies
  • Child Development Strategies
  • Gear Up for Gear-Tech 21
  • The Art of Felting
  • Food Science and Technology Careers

April 2012:

  • Involving Busy Families & Communities
  • Can I Still Use MyPyramid?
  • Shopping in Style -- More Than an Excuse to Go Shopping
  • Clothing, Textiles, careers and style!
  • A Few Ins and Outs of Sewing With Wool
  • UNL College of Agricultural Sciences CSI Training

March 2012:

  • 4-H Introduces Diamond Clover
  • What’s In a Name? Know Your Cultivar!
  • A Quick Flash on 4-H Photography Project Changes!
  • Exciting Electricity!
  • Rethink Recycling
  • Biochemistry Careers

February 2012:

  • Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest
  • Choose MyPlate!
  • Digging Up Roots! [Genealogy]
  • Wind Energy is For Everyone!
  • Creativity in the Home
  • Fishing for a Wild Career at UNL!

January 2012:

  • Fast Track Volunteer Training
  • Recruiting 4-H Leaders
  • “Case by Case” 4-H Citizenship Project
  • Add Some 4-H Science to Projects
  • Simple Sewing Projects
  • UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

July 2011:

  • The Science of 4-H!
  • Interview Jitters -- Helping Teens with Communication
  • Projects with a Purpose: EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI)
  • Play with Your Food!
  • Finding a Balance with Time Management
  • Opportunities to Explore Animal Science Career Options

June 2011:

  • Understanding Facebook
  • 4-H’ers in the Future: How to Write a Resume
  • Principles of Design
  • Is it Safe? Food Safety and 4-H!
  • Guidelines for Cut Flower Exhibits
  • Food Technology for Companion Animals

May 2011:

  • @TEOTD [online acronyms]
  • 4-H Leadership and Citizenship Projects
  • Unique Batiks!
  • Portion Distortion!
  • Hop to Your 4-H Rabbit Project
  • Biomedical Engineering/Biological Systems Engineering

April 2011:

  • 4-H and Facebook
  • Junior 4-H leadership opportunities
  • Selecting patterns and fabrics for 4-H fair projects
  • Creative cooking!
  • Drug residuals
  • Turfgrass and landscape management

March 2011:

  • Career Choices – What Teens Need to Succeed
  • Teen Leaders as Clover Kids Mentors
  • Quiltless Quilt Exhibits
  • Baking with Whole Grains
  • Crops Projects Teach Careers!
  • Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management

February 2011:

  • Dealing with Bullies
  • Teen Leadership in 4-H Clubs
  • Sew, What’s New?
  • Dive Into Healthy Snacks
  • Simple Tips for Showing Swine
  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) at UNL

January 2011:

  • GEAR-Tech-21 Robotics Club info
  • Including Clover Kids in Clubs
  • Green By Design - Magazine Beads, Plastic Fabric, Recycled Dress
  • MyPyramid Focus on Grains
  • How do I pick a 4-H project?
  • 4-H at UNL

July 2010:

  • Focus on Fitness
  • Explore the Food World
  • 4-H’ers and Heritage
  • Rockets Blast Off
  • Corn to Cola, Soybeans to Soap
  • Your 4-H Pledge

June 2010:

  • Calming Jitters while speaking in public
  • Gifts in a Jar
  • Design Decisions
  • Technology in the Community
  • Beyond the Show Ring
  • Your Community and Your World

May 2010:

  • Time for Volunteering
  • Bake Sale Food Safety
  • Sewing Resources Online
  • Investigator Insectigator
  • Working with Animals, Families & Showmanship
  • The History of 4-H Clubs

April 2010:

  • Help Members Develop Skills for Resolving Conflict
  • Bread in a Bag
  • Online with 4-H Fun
  • The Power of Wind
  • Making Cents of Saving
  • The History of Head, Heart, Hands & Health - “My Hands to Larger Service”

March 2010:

  • Meeting Deadlines and Meeting Needs
  • Let’s Get Moving
  • Continuous Quilting
  • Edible Science
  • Food and Feed
  • The History of Head, Heart, Hands & Health - “My Health to Better Living”

February 2010:

  • Work and Family: Today’s Juggling Act
  • Recipe Makeover Magic
  • The 4 “Rs” of 4-H - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink
  • The Wild Side of WHEP – Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program
  • 4-H and Volunteering - Encouraging Others to Volunteer in 4-H
  • The History of Head, Heart, Hands & Health - “My Heart to Greater Loyalty”

January 2010:

  • 4-H Focus on Club Finances
  • Tablesetting Contest Tips
  • Stitching for Others
  • Photo Ops
  • 4-H and Volunteering - Youth Volunteering
  • The History of Head, Heart, Hands & Health - “My Head to Clearer Thinking”

July 2009:

  • Nebraska 4-H Clubs of Excellence
  • The Five C’s of County Fair
  • Sewing for Success - Getting Sewing Projects ready for Fair
  • Telling a Digital Story
  • Rabbit Showmanship
  • Winning Exhibits are Teaching Exhibits

June 2009:

  • Parents as Partners in 4-H
  • Food Allergies and 4-H’ers
  • Keeping 4-H Green
  • Science, Engineering & Technology
  • 4-H Foundation Trail Ride
  • Stress Free Fair Time

May 2009:

  • Creating Fun Club Activities
  • Make Meal Planning Perfect
  • Toy Safety Isn’t Just A Game
  • Position Yourself for Global 4-H Fun
  • Premier Exhibitors
  • Learn About 4-H Career Portfolios

April 2009:

  • We Are in 4-H, Now What?
  • Think Your Drink
  • What’s Your Quilt Quest?
  • Growing It Green with 4-H Gardening Projects
  • Showmanship Success Tips
  • Hands On 4-H Learning

March 2009:

  • Retaining 4-H Members
  • Kitchen Science That’s Good Enough To
  • Clues 2 Clothing Level 1
  • 4-H Rockets Take Off
  • Bucket Calf Basics
  • Nebraska 4-H Curriculum

February 2009:

  • Involving Families in 4-H
  • Keeping Youth in Motion
  • Invisible Zippers
  • ATV Safety
  • Dog Agility
  • 4-H and Leadership

January 2009:

  • Striving for Successful Clubs
  • Fast Foods
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Discover the Entrepreneur in Your 4-H’ers
  • Never “Boer-ing” Genetics
  • Clover Kids

June 2008:

  • Talking Your Way to A Purple
  • Family Mealtimes
  • Explore Your Heritage
  • The Final Press plus Other Pressing Tips
  • Herdsmanship – Working as a Team
  • Exhibiting Vegetables, Flowers and Crops

May 2008:

  • Citizenship Activity – American & 4-H Flag Etiquette
  • Taking the Mystery out of MyPyramid
  • 4-H Club of Excellence
  • Finishing Home Environment Projects for Fair
  • Livestock Learning Kits
  • Focus on First Aid

April 2008:

  • Focusing on Club Finance
  • Cheers to Your Health
  • Caring and Sharing Baskets
  • Decorate Your Duds Ideas
  • Setting the P.A.S.E. On Campus - Premier Annual Science Event and Life Challenge
  • Techie Tips

March 2008:

  • Communicating with Families
  • Learn About Nutrition by Reading the Label
  • Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence
  • Perfect Fit Measuring for Patterns
  • A Cut Above the Rest – The 4-H Meats Program
  • Exploring Your Environment

February 2008:

  • Caring for Character
  • Give Yourself a High Five for Five-A-Day
  • 4-H Fun is in the Bag
  • Set Your Sights on the New Visual Arts
  • Preparing for the Livestock Quiz
  • 4-H and the Environment

January 2008:

  • 4-H Introduces Diamond Clover Recognition Program
  • Let’s Get Moving: Helping Kids to Become Physically Active
  • A New Twist to Fast Foods
  • Selecting Fabrics for Quilting Projects
  • Livestock Skill-a-thon
  • 4-H Set Mission Mandate

July 2007:

  • Exploring Science Using the 4-H Horticulture Project
  • How Sweet It Is - How Much Sugar is in Your Beverage?
  • Welcome to Auto Town
  • 4-H Awards Applications
  • 4-H Pet Showman at the Nebraska State Fair
  • 4-H Activity Corner - College Credit at UNL for 4-H Interests

June 2007:

  • Explore Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum for Your 4-H Meetings
  • Healthy Eating for Healthy Clubs
  • 4-H – Good People Doing Good Things for Good Kids - Character Counts
  • 4-H Member Recognition
  • Showmanship Tips for Rabbits and Poultry
  • 4-H Activity Corner - Time with Grandparents – Improving the Health of Your Grandchildren

May 2007:

  • 4-H Teaches Through Technology!
  • Focusing on Foods - WHAT, WHERE AND WHEN TO DONATE
  • Possibilities with Posters!
  • Blooming Up Budding Gardeners!
  • Growing the 4-H Family - Recruiting New Members
  • 4-H Corner - Use of the 4-H Name and Emblem

April 2007:

  • Leadership and Citizenship
  • Focusing on Food Safety and Fundraising
  • Photography – It’s More than smile and say “cheese”
  • An Opportunity for Community Service
  • Pet’s Make Purr-fect 4-H Projects
  • 4-H Activity Corner - Youth Entrepreneurship – Farmers Markets

March 2007:

  • Take the Clover Challenge
  • Focusing on Foodworks
  • The Safety of Homemade Toys
  • Empowering Teens
  • Robotics
  • 4-H Activity Corner - Take A Leap, Discover 4-H and the Positive Impact on Youth

February 2007:

  • 4-H is Something to Talk About - 4-H Communications Event, Premier Presenter Contest, Multimedia Presentation Contest
  • Focusing on Fast Foods
  • Shop ‘Til You Drop – Shopping In Style
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • 4-H Activity Corner - Tips for Preventing Leader Burnout

January 2007:

  • Incorporating Animal Science Knowledge and Life Skills
  • Are Your YOUth in Motion?
  • Quilt Quest
  • Fun Meeting Ideas
  • Electronic Identification for Livestock
  • 4-H Activity Corner - Off to A Great Start

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