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TAYLORVILLE — Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth program for the University of Illinois Extension and the largest out-of-school youth organization in Illinois. Pictured are several members of area 4-H Clubs. Front row from left are: Adele Zucco, Caroline Hedden, Molly Zucco, Cara Eggimann, Charlee Ryan, Connor Eggimann, Brylee Goff, Lucy Merano, Henley Bliler, Layne Bliler; Middle row from left: Isaac Blakley, Payton Eyman, Caitlin Lauwerens, Maybel Repscher, Maleah Repscher, Payton May, Abigail Wamsley, Lily Fleigle, Charlotte Grundy, Deacon Shanks, Abby Erlenbush; Back Row from left: Zacharia Cotter, Kelsie Hunt, Macy Richards, Benjamin Wamsley, Kyle Jackle-Hugh, Calum Shanks, Brant Hedden.
TAYLORVILLE — 4-H members in Illinois will join the 6 million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8. Clubs around Illinois celebrate this week by highlighting the remarkable 4H youth in their communities and showcasing the incredible experiences that 4H offers young people.
Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth program for the University of Illinois Extension and the largest out-of-school youth organization in Illinois. 4-H youth development programs in Christian County challenge youth to “learn by doing” with fun, hands-on activities. Kids can learn, practice, and demonstrate new skills while exploring the interests that are important to them.
In 4-H, youth are brought together in clubs, led by caring adults, who welcome them as a part of the larger 4-H family.
“4-H is building the future. The experiences that our members have now – through their 4-H project work, community service, and leadership opportunities – are helping them become better communicators, teachers, leaders, community servants, and future members of the workplace. 4-H is a place where all youth can explore and learn about things that interest them with others just like them, too,” stated Sara Marten, Extension 4-H youth development educator.
In 4-H, members learn about topics that interest them through projects. That could be anything from learning how to cook, build a robot, or care for the environment. Members can explore these topics through 4-H experiences such as community clubs, special interest clubs, workshops, and more.
Illinois 4-H members range in age from 8 to 18. Youth who are 5 to 7 years of age may join 4-H as a Cloverbud member. New members can get more information by emailing Alexis McDowell, Christian County 4-H youth development program coordinator, at email@example.com or calling Christian County Extension at 217-287-7246.