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Jodi Heberling
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248

4-H Christian County

4-H Christian County

What Is 4-H?

4-H is the youth audience of the University of Illinois Extension. 4-H is open to ALL youth ages 8-18 years old by September 1 of current year. There is much misconception that 4-H is for farm kids. Time have changed and so has 4-H. With over 200 project areas to choose from every hobby and skill can be sharpened through 4-H. Life skills are learned in 4-H. Family involvement is highly recommended in the 4-H program. We have 10 clubs meeting at different times and locations, it is important to find a club that meets your needs and time schedule.

Who are Cloverbuds?

The Cloverbud 4-H Program is open to youth ages 5-7 years old by September 1 of current year. The youth participate in hands-on, non-competitive learning activities related to 4-H project areas. The Cloverbud program provides a great way to provide inter action with other children, making new friends and learning neat stuff.

What Is a 4-H Project?

The major way 4-Hers learn is through their 4-H projects. Completion of a 4-H project takes a series of experiential learning activities planned by the member and a leader, parent or helper. Projects involve setting goals, learning new skills (subject matter skills and life skills), and evaluating progress, all in a challenging and fun format. Public speaking is a real asset of 4-H. Most clubs require a member to give a talk or demonstration about one of their projects at some point during the year. This experience is priceless for building self-confidence.

4-H members may select projects that reflect their areas of interest.
Clubs also can focus on a particular project area of interest such as:

  • Mechanics & Technology
  • Home & Family
  • Animal Science
  • Food, Nutrition & Health
  • Community Involvement & Global Awareness
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Personal Development
  • Plants & Soils

Christian County 4-H Facts

  • 10 traditional 4-H clubs in Christian County reaching approximately 250 youth.
  • Over 80 4-H volunteers.
  • More than 2200 youth enrolled in 4-H School Enrichment programming.

4-H Emblem

Four-Leaf Clover with a white "H" on each leaf.

4-H Colors

Green & White

4-H Motto

To Make the Best Better

4-H Pledge

"My head to clearer thinking
My heart to greater loyalty
My hands to larger service
My health the better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world."

4-H School Enrichment

The Youth Development program of the University of Illinois Extension also provides:

  • School Enrichment Kits

Some of the following topics are available:

  • Embryology
  • Walk in my Shoes
  • Polite Is Right
  • Illinois Birds
  • Illinois Trees
  • Butterflies
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Our Flag
  • Entomology