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4-H and Youth
ILLINOIS 4-H EMPOWERING & PREPARING YOUTH FOR SUCCESS
Illinois 4-H prepares youth to solve Illinois 'problems by producing leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, stewards and builders we need. Always has; always will.
COLLEGE & CAREERS: PRACTICING SKILLS EMPLOYERS WANT
At the current rate, there will be 3 million fewer workers than the labor market needs in 2018; 72% of jobs in 2018 will require a bachelor's degree or higher. Illinois 4-H is increasing its efforts to prepare youth with skills needed in the workforce, inspiring new generations of entrepreneurs and channeling youth to college experience and mentors who can guide them toward a productive path. 9 out of 10 youth in 4-H career programs say they feel CONFIDENT about finding a job, plan to GO TO COLLEGE or TRADE SCHOOL, know their ACTIONS AND DECSIONS will affect career choices and BELIEVE THEY will. Sangamon-Menard, Logan County, Sangamon Metro 4-H members participate in 4-H project work, Welcome to the Real World, Illini Summer Academies and 4-H STEM programming such as robotics clubs to practice skills that employers want.
FOOD ACCESS: GROWING & DISTRIBUTING FOOD IN COMMUNITIES IN NEED
Children can't learn if they're hungry. Although Illinois is a leading producer of agricultural commodities, one in five Illinois children experience hunger, nearly 750,000 of our Illinois youth. 4-H is helping youth understand where their food comes from, inspiring them to pursue interests in agriculture, and creating opportunities for them to lead change as they advocate for more food secure communities. In Sangamon-Menard, Logan County, Sangamon Metro 4-H teen teachers are volunteering to be teen teachers with the Illinois Junior Chef and Ag in the Classroom programs. Logan County 4-Her Reagan Tibbs is participating in the Illinois 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team and Sangamon Metro 4-H is participating in numerous meal packing events to address hunger in communities.
ENVIRONMENT: STWEARDING THE NATURAL RESOURCES
The Illinois Constitution states "The public policy of the State and the duty of each person is to provide and maintain a healthful environment for the benefit of this and future generations" The Illinois Department of Natural Resources supports 90,000 Illinois jobs and at least $42 billion of economic impact annually. Our very lives are inseparable from the health of our plant. Before we can save the world for future generations, Illinois 4-H believes we should be saving the world for this current generation. Sangamon-Menard, Logan County, Sangamon Metro 4-H members and families steward the environment by participating in I Think Green programming, 4-H Citizen Scientist, 4-H Memorial Camp and 4-H Shooting Sports.
LEADERSHIP: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL, GLOBAL ISSUES
What makes great leaders? Some would say practice. Good character is not formed in an instant. Instead, leadership skills are built by habit, by intentionally repeating practices until they become instinctive, natural and powerful. 4-H builds good leaders by giving them safe environments and many opportunities to practice all the skills needed to be successful leaders, including teambuilding, organization, cooperation, decision-making, and communication. Sangamon-Menard, Logan County, Sangamon Metro 4-H celebrates leadership through federation, ambassador, Speaking for Illinois, 4-H Neighbor to Neighbor programs/clubs.
HEALTH: INFLUENCING POSITIVE CHOICES FOR HEALHTY LIVING
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. If things remain as they are today, one-third of all children born in the year 2000 or later may suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives, while many others are likely to face chronic health problems. Illinois 4-H is teaching young people about the importance of health eating and physical activity. Specifically Sangamon-Menard, Logan County, Sangamon Metro 4-H is focused on 4-H Food Smart Families (IL Junior Chef). Sangamon Metro 4-H focuses on Health Jam which is a program that partners with community health professionals to teach young people how to keep their bodes health, engage in a variety of daily physical activity and make health food choices.
GET YOUR LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP TO THE ILLINOIS 4-H ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Once a 4-H member; always a 4-H supporter. We know that 4-H alumni share a bond. We're all family, and we don't want to lose track of our family members. Now, you can register online as a 4-H alum (from any state) and tell your story. Click over to go.illinois.edu/4Halumni.
Nakesha McCoy is the August volunteer of the month. Nakesha is employed for the state as a Human Resources Representative. Nakesha has been an AWESOME volunteer for 4-H this past year. Her nephew is currently a part of the Male Scholastic group. Nakesha has been a wonderful asset to our program. She was a Double Dutch Leader and she volunteered to judge at state fair. Whenever metro needs volunteers or an extra body Nakesha is there! 4-H is proud to honor Nakesha as the August volunteer of the month. Here are a few fun facts about Nakesha.
What is your Favorite Color? My favorite color is Green
What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I like to read and dance.
What do you like to do with your family? I like to do anything with my family. We all play board games, watch movies, go to the park and different arts and crafts.
What is a goal you would like to achieve? A goal I would like to achieve is to open a non-for- profit organization that focuses on helping individuals become more independent after life has taken them for a run.
Why do you choose to volunteer your time with 4-H? I choose to volunteer my time with 4-H because it has so much for children to learn and expand pass what they learn in school. It offers kids the opportunity to use their mind and focus on things that they like not just what is obligated.
In your opinion what is the importance of being involved and volunteering? In my opinion, the most important thing of being involved and volunteering is teaching my children that money isn't always the answer, sometimes just giving someone your time or a listening ear can be enough.
Is there anything else you would like to share? I'm just honored to be able to donate my time to a worthy organization. It has helped my nephew overcome some of his communication hurdles as well as helped my daughter gain some experience for her first job. I constantly speak highly of 4-H whenever I have the opportunity because as a child, I didn't have the opportunity to be involved and I believe I have more fun than they do.
August Metro 4-H Youth Spotlight
My name is Micah Vernando. I am in the 2nd grade and I attend Butler Elementary. I have been in 4-H for 2 years and I am in the Mustard Seed Cloverbud Club.
I enjoy 4-H because 4-H gives me something to do and I like learning about the different topics.
4-H has helped me with the meaning of community service. I have learned skills like Tying knots to make blankets to give to people at the nursing home.
If I had to give advice to someone joining 4-H I would say, to come to the meetings and be happy.
When asked if Micah had anything else to share he state:
"I like meeting all the new people and getting to have new friends. "