Illinois 4-H members join 6 million young people across the country to celebrate National 4-H Week October 3-9.
Illinois clubs celebrate by showcasing outstanding 4-H youth in their communities and showcasing the incredible experiences 4-H offers young people.
Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth extension program of the University of Illinois and the largest after-school youth organization in Illinois. 4-H youth development programs are available in every county in Illinois. The program challenges young people to “learn by doing” through hands-on and fun activities. Children can learn, practice and demonstrate new skills while exploring the interests that are important to them.
In 4-H, young people come together in clubs, run by caring adults, who welcome them as part of the big 4-H family.
“Our goal is that, whatever your interests or talents, this 4-H program is one where you feel welcome and have a sense of belonging,” said Lisa Diaz, Assistant Dean and Director of 4- H. “4-H is a place where all children can channel their gifts and achieve their personal goals in a fun and welcoming environment. “
In 4-H, members discover topics that interest them through projects. It could be anything, learning to cook, building a robot, or taking care of the environment. Members decide what they want to learn and do as they explore their project area.
“Letting young people guide and decide what they want to explore allows the project to adapt at its own pace and gives children important skills in setting and achieving their goals,” said Diaz. “We make learning fun by allowing children to learn by doing hands-on experiences. “
Although the program has its roots in agriculture, 4-H has expanded to cover many other interests of the program.
“Our agricultural roots remain strong and that will always be part of our program, but parents and kids may not realize that there is more to 4-H,” says Diaz. “We are continually working to reflect population demographics, diverse needs and social conditions across the state and will continue to do so. Ultimately, we want every child in Illinois to feel like they have a child. house in 4-H. “
Illinois 4-H members range from 8 to 18 years old. Young people aged 5-7 can join 4-H as a Cloverbud member. The cost to join 4-H for the year is $ 20.
New members can get more information by completing an interest survey at 4h.extension.illinois.edu/find-out-about-4-h.
Meet local University of Illinois extension staff – as well as 4-H volunteers and 4-H clubs – at three open house events in October. Families can learn about 4-H programs and upcoming opportunities, and young people can do hands-on activities with 4-H Teen Science Ambassadors. It is not necessary to register:
• DuPage County: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, October 7, DuPage County Fairgrounds, Building 5, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton;
• Kendall County: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Thursday, October 7, at Kendall County Fairgrounds, Smith 4-H Hall, 10826 Route 71, Yorkville;
• Kane County: 5 pm to 7 pm Thursday, October 14, at the atrium of the Kane County Fairgrounds Prairie Events Center, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.
For more information, visit go.illinois.edu/2021KickOff4Hdkk.
In addition, local 4-H programs welcome several SPIN clubs, or special interest clubs, this fall.
Find these upcoming opportunities at go.illinois.edu/4HdkkFall2021:
• “Explore 4-H SPIN Club”: an interactive online club for 8 to 12 year olds to discover some of the projects that 4-H has to offer and develop different skills while having fun.
• “Try-County Cloverbuds”: an online group for 5-7 year olds to learn new things while playing and “try out” a variety of hands-on activities.
• Farmette in Action Club SPIN: A special interest club for 8 to 18 year olds to learn and discover a small farm with horses and goats; hosted in Hampshire, Illinois.
• 4-H Teen Science Ambassadors: A special interest club for ages 12-18 interested in STEM-related topics, who then learn and conduct activities for youth and their communities. He meets online and hosts in-person events in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in events or clubs, contact your local 4-H team at (630) 584-6166 or [email protected] Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs. The University of Illinois Extension’s in-person programs and events incorporate appropriate safety guidelines, such as face coverings and physical distancing.
Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth development program at the University of Illinois Extension and administered by the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. 4-H trains real leaders, young people who are empowered for today’s life and prepared for a career of tomorrow. The hands-on 4-H approach gives young people advice, tools and encouragement, then puts them in the driver’s seat to do great things. Independent research confirms the unprecedented impact of the 4-H experience, showing that young people are four times more likely to contribute to their community; twice as likely to make healthier choices; twice as likely to be civically active; and twice as likely to participate in STEM programs.