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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

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

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

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.


  • 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

When you support University of Illinois Extension you are preparing today’s youth to be leaders today and into the future.  4-H’s highly qualified staff and volunteers provide youth multiple experiences over time to prepare them to be contributing leaders as adults in their communities.  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. 

 When you support University of Illinois Extension you contribute to our future workforce development and healthy living.  With multiple avenues to prepare youth for workforce development we are unique with many different experiences which prepare youth for their futures through our Teens as Teachers program, Career Club, College Visits, Welcome to the Real World and Build My Future curriculums and Illini Summer Academies.  We are the only organization to offer comprehensive healthy living education to youth at no cost and our tie to nutrition resources from the United States Department of Agriculture through our 4-H Food Smart Programs and 4-H Health Jam with teens trained to teach these programming efforts.  Extension knowledge, changing lives.            

 When you support University of Illinois Extension you contribute to sustaining and supporting current programming.  Our traditional programs offer youth the opportunity to experience positive youth development with Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery through community clubs, Military Kids Camp, 4-H Military Clubs, 4-H Volunteer Support and Training and Fiscal Management.  We build and reach new audiences through summer day camps, community clubs, Special Interest clubs, after school programming and recruiting new volunteers.  In addition, we are one of a very limited number of organizations offering hands-on science in out of school time for youth with limited financial resources with 4-H Science After School, 4-H Farm to Table, Tech Wizards, Robotics, Eco Camp, Click2Science and Science Night for Girls.  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

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

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Additional Topics

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