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4-H Teen Teachers is just one of many leadership programs offered by Illinois 4-H.

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Illini Summer Academies

A four day event which gives High School Youth the opportunity to explore career opportunities at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. Youth who attend will explore the University of Illinois campus, study potential career opportunities, build their leadership skills, engage in fun activities and meet youth from across the state. This event takes place in June each year on the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana campus.

Speaking for Illinois 4-H

The SFI4-H program was developed to provide older 4-H teens an advanced leadership opportunity focused on utilizing and enhancing their public presentation skills. It was also designed to assist local Extension staff by providing them with a cadre of trained teens who can provide presentations to elected officials (i.e. county board members and state legislators), civic groups, and potential donors and supporters.

State 4-H Youth Leadership Team

The Illinois State 4-H YLT offers older 4-H members and recent 4-H alumni an opportunity to give back to the 4-H program while further enhancing their leadership skills. The Team is actively involved in assisting the State 4-H Office in planning, implementing, and evaluating various 4-H events and activities; reviewing 4-H curriculum; representing Illinois at National 4-H Conference; and serving as a "youth voice" of the Illinois 4-H Youth Development Program.

Legislative connection

Each spring, youth from the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team and Speaking for Illinois 4-H roster converge on the Illinois State Capitol for several days to meet with all Illinois legislators. The 4-H'ers spread the word on the benefits of the 4-H program and share their 4-H stories with elected officials.

4-H Great Debate

A two-day events for teens held in Springfield in the chambers of the Illinois House of Representatives. Participants learn about the legislative process and how Illinois government works, while debating in the House Chambers.

Citizenship Washington Focus

CWF is a week-long program that provides teen delegates with insights into the workings of our federal government. This fun and educational program is provided by the National 4-H Youth Conference Center; however delegation trips are sponsored by the 4-H programs in each state.

National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress provides a life-changing experience for youth to meet other 4-H members from across America, as they participate in educational workshops focusing on diversity, cultural experiences, leadership, team development, and of course having fun!