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Diane Baker
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development-Metro & Military
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
bakerd@illinois.edu

Cheryl Geitner
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
cgeitner@illinois.edu

Tracy Fowler-Pestle
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development, Mercer
University of Illinois Extension
2106 SE Third Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338
fowlerpe@illinois.edu

Allison Hupfer
Extra Help, Program
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
ahupfer@illinois.edu

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

General information can be learned about 4-H youth development on this page. To learn more about a specific county, please click on their web site!

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.

Diversity

  • 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.

What's going on in 4-H?

So many events and activities are happening for youth to participate in!  We have the QC Teen Leadership Academy, 4-H Federation, Leadership Development, Teens as Teachers, Council and Committee representatives, Horse Bowl and Hippology and lots of SPIN Clubs!  Check our web site on a regular basis to keep up with all of the events!

Questions? Contact Cheryl Geitner, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development at cgeitner@illinois.edu

Featured Websites

Illinois 4-H Hablando de los Árboles con el Dr. Árboles Who Wants To Be a Parliamentarian Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification 4-H Program Planning 4-H Volunteer Courses

Additional Websites

Local Resources and Information

Please click a category to view the included resources.

Additional Topics

Nutrition and Wellness Horticulture Community and Economic Development Commercial Agriculture Environment and Energy Stewardship Local Food Systems and Small Farms Family Life