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Deanna Roby-Vorgias
County Extension Director
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610

Donna Nuger
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Metro
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development is a multi-faceted program that includes 4-H community clubs, special interest (SPIN) clubs, in-school and after-school learning opportunities, and other youth outreach activities for ages 8 to 18. 4-H also offers a Cloverbud program for youth ages 5 to 7.

These positive youth development programs provide the opportunity for youth to feel a sense of belonging, develop independence, practice generosity, and experience mastery.

In DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties, 4-H opportunities reached 16,026 youth during the 2016-2017 program year. Through 4-H, youth can explore more than 100 project areas or focus on a specific area of interest. 4-H Youth Development programs also provide positive opportunities for youth to help them develop leadership, citizenship and life skills.

A 2018 Local Youth Impact Survey Shows that as a result of their 4-H experience:

  • 94 percent of members report having a plan for reaching their goals
  • 95 percent say they learned things to make a difference in their community
  • 96 percent say they can listen well to others
  • 97 percent say they are willing to consider ideas of others, even if they are not the same
  • 97 percent feel comfortable making their own decisions
  • 95 percent say they can explain their decisions to others
  • 98 percent feel they have talents to share with others
  • 85 percent feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and opinions with others
  • 96 percent say they can resolve differences with others in positive ways
  • 84 percent have gained leadership responsibilities
  • 83 percent say they are confident speaking in front of others
  • 95 percent feel connected to a caring adult who is not their parent

To learn more about becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in your community, contact your local Extension office.

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