4-H — America’s largest youth development organization — is a community of youth learning in partnership with caring adults! Open to all youth ages 5–18, the Nebraska Extension 4-H youth development program emphasizes: STEM, agricultural literacy, leadership development, entrepreneurship, career & college success, and healthy living. In Lancaster County, 4-H programs engage nearly 25,000 youth annually through opportunities such as clubs, workshops, school enrichment programs, afterschool/out-of-school activities and camps. Lancaster County 4-H is a partnership between Nebraska Extension and the Lancaster County government.
The flagship of 4-H is the traditional club program where youth receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on leadership roles. Clubs have regular meetings and most clubs work on a variety of projects together. Independent members learn at their own pace with their family.
Most 4-H youth choose to showcase their completed 4-H projects at fair. The Lancaster County Super Fair has the largest county fair 4-H static exhibit display and 4-H horse show in Nebraska.
Lancaster County schools have integrated 4-H School Enrichment programs in their classrooms. These programs meet Lincoln Public Schools, Nebraska State and/or national education standards.
Lancaster County 4-H increases the quality and quantity of out-of-school programs by combining 4-H resources with community-based organizations and offering high-quality education and development experiences.