Teaching, growing and making a difference

(Photo by Vicki Jedlicka, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)
(Photo by Vicki Jedlicka, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)

Investing in our youth is an investment in our future!

In 2018, growth continued in the Lancaster County 4-H program, with a 7% increase in numbers of youth reached. Tufts University research shows youth development programs, such as 4-H, reduce the likelihood of youth engaging in risk/problem behaviors such as underage drinking, bullying and vandalism. One study confirmed 4-H youth are leaders, achieve higher marks in school and contribute to self and society — all helping to strengthen the communities where they live.

This past summer, Lancaster County young adults were given opportunities to assist with implementing 4-H programs. Six teens were hired to reach underserved youth through the “Teens as Teachers” (new in 2018) and “Food Smart Families” programs. They gained teaching and leadership experience.
New partnerships continue to leverage Extension’s reach to the community. This past year:
• Four partnerships were formed with Lancaster County cultural and literacy centers. As a result, 332 New Americans received critical knowledge of nutrition and healthy living in America.
• Another new partnership resulted in funding which will allow the Raising Healthy Nebraskans school enrichment nutrition program to serve three additional grade levels.

Extension continues to provide responsive, innovative and trusted information to make a difference in our community.

—Karen Wobig, UNL Extension Educator & Unit Leader