December 4, 2013
It certainly has been a whirlwind kind of fall with winter rapidly approaching! We have been so proud of our 4-H members who have gone above and beyond our expectations!
Jonathan Schroeder was selected to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia for his outstanding accomplishments in 4-H! We hope he had a great time there!
Two teens were recently selected to be part of the Illini Summer Academies planning for 2014. Those selected from Rock Island were Shelby Ledbetter and Koushhik Kumar. What a great leadership opportunity this is to serve on a state planning committee!
Tyson Schulte, Rock Island County, and Carson Hank, Mercer County were on the state 4-H Livestock judging team that recently placed first the North American International Contest in Louisville, KY in November! They have spent many, many hours preparing for this event this year and for many years. Many thanks to their coach, J.D. Schulte for his time and effort in preparing youth for livestock judging!
The Teens as Teachers and Teens as Nutrition Leaders, led by Diane Baker, 4-H Youth Development Educator, have had many teaching opportunities this past summer where they learned from current nutrition staff. This fall several clubs were led by these youth in robotics, biotechnology and healthy living.
We had five youth who attended the Speaking for Illinois 4-H training held in November in Moline: Sarah Callahan, Courtney Wiedenmann, Sidney Roling, Maya Chavez and Asrielle Allen. These youth are available to speak with groups about 4-H and our stakeholders when needed.
Lastly, at the County Board meetings in Henry, Stark and Rock Island, 4-H members told their 4-H stories and shared their experiences. The public speaking skills of our youth are tremendous!
We are so proud and excited about the many opportunities we have through 4-H! If interested, we would be happy to get you involved!
October 7, 2013
4-Hers in the county will join the 7 million other youth currently in 4-H in celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 6-12. 4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and are assisted by more than 13,000 volunteer adult leaders.
Last year, 4-Hers in this county were part of a survey to measure the value of the 4-H experience. Dr. Denise Legvold, state 4-H program leader, said the results showed 4-H has a positive influence on the participants.
"4-Hers said that they feel welcomed at their 4-H club meetings and feel that adult leaders care about them," Legvold said. "And, nearly all of the members surveyed stated 4-H helped them develop independent life skills and prepared them for their future and possible careers."
Many 4-Hers perform service project which benefit their community, and over 90 percent of those surveyed could list ways to make a difference in their communities, Legvold said.
"Nearly all of our graduating seniors reported they learned skills through 4-H they can use in a future job," Legvold added.
Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program operated through University of Illinois Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18. The new program year began Sept. 1, and new clubs are forming in this community now.
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