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Sharon Lounsberry
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
420 S. 7th St., PO Box 138
Petersburg, IL 62675
Phone: 217-632-7491
FAX: 217-632-2425

Amy Rebbe
Community Worker, 4-H and Youth
University of Illinois Extension
700 S. Airport Drive
Springfield, IL 62707
Phone: 217-782-4617
FAX: 217-524-6662

Carissa Akpore
Extension Educator, Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
980 N. Postville Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: 217-732-8289
FAX: 217-735-5837

Sangamon & Menard County 4-H

Sangamon & Menard County 4-H

4-H is open to boys and girls ages 5-18 regardless of religious, ethnic, economic and social background. 4-H can be found in rural and urban areas. It helps develop leadership skills and is a fun opportunity to learn new skills. Most 4-H clubs meet once a month. 4-H clubs have cloverbuds, members, and leaders.

Cloverbuds is a unique program that builds confident kids that is specifically designed for youngsters ages 5-7. Cloverbuds uses hands-on learning activities to help kids explore art, plants and animals, science, and the enviorment. Kids also engage in group activities that promote personal develpment, healthy lifestyles, and a sense of citizenship.

As a Cloverbud, children will attend fun-filled meetings that include a learning activity, recreational period, and snack time. A trained volunteer leads the meetings with help from parents. Parents help with special events, refreshments, and transportation.

4-H members are ages 8-18. They can enter in and show a variety of projects. There are a variety of other fun activities available, including camp, conferences, and competitions.

4-H leaders are adult volunteers who lead clubs. They can be parents, grandparents relatives, or people who simply enjoy working with youth.

For information about joining a 4-H Club in your area, contact us:

University of Illinois Extension
Sangamon-Menard Unit
700 S. Airport Dr.
Springfield, IL 62707


Email Sangamon County office

University of Illinois Extension
Sangamon-Menard Unit
PO Box 138
Petersburg, IL 62675-0138


Email Menard County office