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Emily Schoenfelder
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472
eschoe@illinois.edu

Janis Blout
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development - Fulton County
University of Illinois Extension
15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542-9468
Phone: 309-547-3711
FAX: 309-547-3713
jblout@illinois.edu

Joli Pierson
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development - Mason County
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308
FAX: 309-543-6239
jkpierso@illinois.edu

Cathy Ludolph
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development - Peoria County
University of Illinois Extension
4810 North Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61614-5928
Phone: 309-685-3140
FAX: 309-685-3397
ludolph@illinois.edu

Katharine Girone
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development - Tazewell County
University of Illinois Extension
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472
girone1@illinois.edu

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H is the youth education program of University of Illinois Extension. 4-H is a welcoming, respected organization where kids learn new skills, meet new people, and have lots of fun. 4-H is open to youth ages 8-18 as of the beginning of the 4-H year. The current 4-H year runs from September 1 through August 31. Cloverbud membership is open to those ages 5-7, available in some counties. For information on 4-H in your county, contact the 4-H Program Coordinator in your county.

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  • 4-H Ceremonies
    Discover scripts for common 4-H ceremonies.
  • Incubation & Embryology
    Teacher's guide for the 4-H Incubation and Embryology project including lesson plans, activities, and background resources.
  • Illinois 4-H Foundation
    The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations that supplement state and county 4-H programs
  • Illinois 4-H State Fair Online
    Contribute to a collection of videos and maps on the internet that show the broader public what 4-H youth are learning and doing in their communities.

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  • Quality Assurance and Ethics
    Starting in 2013 all 4-H members enrolled in a livestock project area are required to complete the Quality Assurance and Ethics training to maintain their livestock enrollment and be eligible to exhibit at the local fair and/or state fair.

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