Projects to preserve and promote the environment are underway in Nebraska all during October as part of National 4-H Month. Cheryl Entriken, a 4-H coordinator, says the club’s been producing positive results for Nebraska’s youth for more than a century — in areas like wildlife, forestry, camping and fishing.
Entriken says: “We have young people involved in practically every area. We’re using our young people as team leaders, as partners, with our adults. This is what’s helped make our program as strong as it is.”
Young people in every one of Nebraska’s counties are involved in 4-H, which is also the nation’s largest youth organization. Entriken says, “Seeing our young people being able to share their knowledge and their skills with younger 4-Hers has really, really made an impact, because they’ve been wonderful role models and examples and have encouraged younger members to get involved in our program and to excel also.”
There are more than 122-thousand 4-H members in Nebraska, along with 22-thousand adult volunteer leaders. Nationwide, 4-H membership tops six-million. The 4-H program has been around since 1901.