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Tessa Hobbs-Curley
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
3022 W Jackson
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-837-3939
FAX: 309-833-3019

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

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Our Mission

To help youth learn skills for living.

Our Values

Because we value youth and their families, we believe in:

Life-long learning

  • empowers people to voluntarily help themselves and others.
  • stimulates skill development for life long living.
  • builds leadership skills for betterment of self, family and community.
  • improves the quality of life today and for future generations.
  • focuses on individuals and relationships.

Research-based education

  • responds to youth needs.
  • maximizes community assets.
  • promotes collaborations and builds partnerships.
  • fosters individual and community ownership.
  • mobilizes skills and talents of volunteers.
  • teaches life skills through hands on experience.


  • recognizes individual uniqueness.
  • encourages participation regardless of economic, social or familial background, cultural status, religion, age, ability or gender.
  • provides multiple perspectives.
  • identifies the importance of each family regardless of its composition.
  • creates a positive environment for program involvement for all.

Questions? Contact Tessa Hobbs-Curley, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development at

Featured Websites

Additional Websites

  • 4-H Overnight Chaperone Orientation
    The purpose of this web site is to provide training for individuals who will be responsible for the health and safety of 4-H youth development participants at overnight events and activities.
  • Illinois 4-H
    Lots of useful information about current projects, fun things to do and special 4-H opportunities.
  • Illinois 4-H Foundation
    The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations that supplement state and county 4-H programs

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