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Tabitha Welch
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7773
FAX: 217-347-7775
tkwelch@illinois.edu

Stacy Bare
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
223 W Railroad St
Flora, IL 62839
Phone: 618-662-3124
FAX: 618-662-3191
sgbare@illinois.edu

Patti Logan
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7773
FAX: 217-347-7775
logan1@illinois.edu

Sarah Luce
4-H Extension Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension
118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: 618-283-2753
FAX: 618-283-4932
sluce2@illinois.edu

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

Interested in becoming part of the largest youth organization in Illinois? We are here to welcome you to 4-H in Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties.

What Is 4H?

4-H is a national organization that helps young people develop knowledge and skills become productive citizens. It also helps them be more capable to meet the diversities and challenges of today's society. 4-H allows youth and adults to work together to design programs that will teach skills for living. 4-H upholds the theme of "learning by doing." 4-H reaches people in their own neighborhoods with delivery methods suitable to their needs. 4-H also helps provide a stronger bond between family members.

The University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Program is a voluntary, nonformal, educational program offered to all boys and girls regardless of race, color, national origin, place of residence, or handicap. The Illinois 4-H program is conducted by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. County and regional 4-H programs are directed by professional Extension staff who train and support the volunteers who work with 4-H members.

Young people in 4-H learn about citizenship, leadership, cooking, arts and crafts, mechanics, horticulture, agriculture, and other subjects. To teach young people about these subjects, the 4-H educational program uses the learn-by-doing method of instruction. The 4-H project, that each member selects according to interest and ability, is the program's cornerstone. A 4-H project is a practical, but challenging, planned course of activity centered around a specific subject. Projects involve setting goals and evaluating progress, and the skills and knowledge learned help members become more productive individuals and citizens.

4-H members participate in regular meetings with their local clubs. The individual members of 4-H clubs also complete projects on a variety of topics. Most of the 4-H clubs take part in annual fairs for each year. Because of the educational concepts and methods developed by pioneers, the 4-H program has stood the test of time. 4-H continues to grow in Illinois, expanding into villages, towns, cities, and suburbs. The Illinois 4-H program now reaches over 150,000 boys and girls, with about 30,000 adult volunteers helping over 4,000 clubs and groups.

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