York County 4-H Blast

December 8, 2017

Omaha Fashion Week 4-H Collection

Over the last 10 years, Omaha Fashion Week has grown to the nation’s 5th largest fashion event. In addition to supporting more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region, Omaha Fashion Week supports young fashion designers by providing mentoring, educational opportunities, and a professional platform to showcase work.

Nebraska 4-H is once again partnering with Omaha Fashion Week during their Spring Showcase. OFW Student Night will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 and will exclusively feature student designers, including a 4-H collection. This collection will consist of 10 to 12 garments from across the state. Each garment will be modeled by the 4-H member who made it. In order to create a complete and dynamic collection, interested 4-H members are invited to apply to participate in the show. The 4-H collection will be curated based on the selection criteria as listed below.

Student Night Details:

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Where: Omaha Design Center (near TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha)

Hair and Make-up will be scheduled for all models starting at 2:00 p.m.

Runway rehearsal will take place at 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and will end around 9:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event are free to students who show their Student ID or are $10 for non-students. For more information about Omaha Fashion Week or to purchase tickets to this night or the entire week, visit http://omahafashionweek.com

Selection Criteria:

  • Participants must be current 4-H members.
  • Garments must have been exhibited at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.
  • Garments should be fashion forward, runway appropriate and display high-quality construction.
  • Creativity and attention to detail are highly scrutinized in garment selection.

To Apply:

Complete the following application form: https://go.unl.edu/ofw2018

Applications are due December 15th.

Ag Innovators Opportunity

In 2018, 5,000 youth from across these states will participate in the “Monarch on the Move Challenge”, an educational activity focusing on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture, specifically as related to monarch butterfly habitats. The Monarch on the Move Challenge will engage youth as researchers as they simulate the needs of a caterpillar identifying the many factors that play a role in their reproduction and survival. Then, using given land plot samples, teams will design effective agricultural practices that promote biodiversity. Teams will be challenged to provide evidence to support their strategies. When possible, learning venues will engage participants in a seed planting, exemplifying how everyone can contribute to biodiversity which, ultimately, helps secure food production for a growing world population.

In Nebraska, we are looking for 20 teens (we can take more) to help us teach this program across the state to reach our state goal of 1000 youth. Let Megan or Tanya know if you would like to participate!

ESI Capitol Contest

We are excited to announce the 2018 ESI Capitol Contest to be held at the Nebraska State Capitol on January 17, 2018.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our young entrepreneurs to share what business ideas they have developed, talk with Legislative officials, tour the capitol, receive special recognition from the legislative body and perhaps go home with a cash prize from the competitive event!

Look over the attached Contest Rules and Information. As soon as possible, please share this information with your aspiring young entrepreneurs and their families and teachers. Due to space limitations, only 18 students or student teams will be accepted to compete on the 17th.

Please note, the deadline for application is December 15. Application is available online at https://go.unl.edu/g4mg

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Volunteer Opportunities for FIRST LEGO League

Have you heard of FIRST LEGO League? FIRST LEGO League introduces students in Grades 4-8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

The FIRST LEGO League program is well underway for the 2017-2018 "HYDRO DYNAMICS” Season. In this season’s challenge, the human water cycle describes the ways people find, transport, use, and dispose of water in order to meet a specific need or desire.

For the Project teams will need to:

  • Identify a problem within the human water cycle.
  • Design a solution that makes this problem better.
  • Share the problem and solution with others.

So are you interested? Because we would love to have you volunteer for one of our events! More information can be found at https://4h.unl.edu/first-robotics/volunteer.

2018 Ag Leaders Scholarships

If you can answer yes to the following statements, you are eligible for the AKSARBEN Ag Leaders Scholarship:

  • I am a High School Senior, graduating in the Spring of 2018.
  • I am planning to attend a fully accredited 2 or 4 year college/university in the Fall of 2018.
  • I have participated in the AKSARBEN Stock Show for 3 years or more.
  • I have never participated in the AKSARBEN Buyer's Club Purple Ribbon Auction.
  • I have not received any previous AKSARBEN scholarships.
  • I have never been disqualified for any reason from the AKSARBEN Stock Show.
  • I have an interest in a career in an agriculture related field or professional career in rural communities.
  • I understand I am only eligible for one $2,000 scholarship award.

Application Deadline is December 31, 2017. Click here to fill out the application form. http://www.aksarben.org/p/scholarships/agleadersscholarship/301


2018 Lamb Challenge Applications are due December 1, 2017. If you are interested in being a part of the Lamb Challenge Program, download an application here: http://www.aksarbenstockshow.com/p/events/competitions/lambchallenge

Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference

The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will be held Feb. 22 – 23, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Kearney, Neb.

The Women in Agriculture Conference is one of the longest-running women’s conferences of its kind in the country. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Growing our future, valuing our traditions.” Over 30 concurrent workshops will be hosted over the two-day event that focus on production risk, market risk, financial risk, human risk and legal risk.

Ten $62.50 scholarships (half registration fee) are available to Nebraska FFA, 4-H or Community College students. Students receiving a ½ scholarship are expected to pay the remainder of the registration cost during the registration period, or find a local sponsor.

Applicants will need to prepare a 3,000 character essay on "Why do you want to attend the Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference? How will you use the information in your future studies/career?"

TO APPLY CLICK HERE: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2gdxBcTI8sDQggB

Hotel rooms and additional travel expenses are not covered by these scholarships. The application is now open. Applications must be submitted online by midnight Friday January 19, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than January 26, 2018.

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