The Right Spirit: 4-H Promotes Entrepreneurship

Omaha World Herald, December 11, 2009

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln 4-H program has won national recognition for teaching entrepreneurship to middle and high school students, a well-deserved acknowledgement of its effectiveness.

The 4-H ESI program -- shorthand for EntrepreneurShip Investigation -- received the Cathy Ashmore Leadership and Advocacy Award from the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Investigation. The award is given for outstanding efforts in entrepreneurship education in this country and around the world. 

The ESI curriculum was developed by Nebraska 4-H and circulated in 33 states and several foreign countries. The idea, according to Nancy Eberle, who works with the program for UNL, is to encourage young people to think about entrepreneurship and help them start a business; promoting rural revitalization is also on the agenda.

The Ashmore award is the program's second: Earlier this year, ESI was honored by the National Assocation of Community Development Extension Professionals for excellence in community development programming.

As we've emphasized before, nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship is cruical to the Midland's future, both in urban areas and rural communities. 

Congratulations to the 4-H program and all of the people involved in making ESI such a success.