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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
358 Front Street
Galva, IL 61434
Phone: 309-932-3447
FAX: 309-932-3454
cgeitner@illinois.edu

Angela Richardson
Program Coordinator, 4-H Metro/Military
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
arichar@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.

4-H Youth Development

University of Illinois Extension's 4-H program prepares today’s youth to be tomorrow's leaders.  into the future. We are one of the few organizations across our communities that have leadership opportunities for youth from elementary through high school.  Programming includes Teens as Teacher, Teen Hunger Ambassadors, Community Club Leadership, Teen Federation, Leadership Squad, QC Teen Leadership Academy, Speaking for Illinois 4-H, Extension Council Teen Representatives, Expansion and Review Committees, encouraging youth to take on leadership opportunities at the local, state and national level, and learning Parliamentary Procedure.  Extending knowledge, changing lives. 

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

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