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Jamie Boas
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564

Susan Houska
Community Worker, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
210 South Market Street
Monticello, IL 61856
Phone: 217-762-2191
FAX: 217-762-2703

Piatt County 4-H

Piatt County 4-H

What Is 4-H?

4-H is the youth audience of the University of Illinois Extension. 4-H is open to youth ages 8 to 18 years old by September 1 of current year. Members participate in individual or group learning experiences related to over 200 project areas. Youth learn skills for living.

What Is Cloverbuds?

The Cloverbud 4-H Program is open to youth ages 5 to 7 years old. The youth participate in hands-on, non-competitive learning activities related to 4-H project areas.

What Is a 4-H Project?

The major way that 4-H members "learn by doing" is through their 4-H projects. A 4-H project is a series of experiential learning activities planned by the member and a leader or helper. The projects involve setting goals, learning new skills (subject matter skills and life skills), and evaluating progress, all in a challenging and fun format. 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

Piatt County 4-H Facts

  • There are 9 clubs in Piatt County reaching approximately 150 youth.
  • More than 20 4-H volunteer leaders.
  • More than 600 youth are 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 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 programming for youth through hands-on curriculum and activities
  • Teacher training

Some of the following topics are available:

  • Embryology
  • Welcome to the Real World
  • Walk in my Shoes
  • Character Counts
  • Polite Is Right
  • Operation Safe Kids
  • Illinois Birds
  • Illinois Trees
  • Butterflies
  • Food & Nutrition