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Jennifer Peterson
Youth Development Educator
University of Illinois Extension
358 Front Street
Galva, IL 61434
Phone: 309-932-3447
FAX: 309-932-3454

Tracy Fowler-Pestle
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
2106 SE Third Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338

Teresa Kirwan
Program Coordinator, Ag Literacy & 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
2106 SE Third Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338

4-H Positive Youth Development

4-H Positive Youth Development

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4-H: Build a Better World

Illinois 4-H prepares youth to solve problems by producing the leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, stewards, and builders we need. 4-H builds good leaders by giving them safe environments to practice all the skills needed to be successful leaders. Illinois 4-H is increasing its efforts to prepare youth with skills needed in the workforce, inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs and channeling youth to college experiences and mentors who can guide them towards a productive path.

Illinois 4-H Homepage
Get all the news, register for programs and more at the state 4-H page!


Join a 4-H Community Club where you'll attend a monthly meeting with other kids. Meetings are fun! You get to pick what you like and work on projects in 200 different areas like sewing and cooking, rockets, video making, computers, scrapbooking, water ecology YOU select projects that interest YOU and share what you learn with others. You'll have a chance to give back to your community through service projects. 4-H members have lots of fun at their county fair where you'll show your projects for ribbons, recognition and the chance to advance to state!

4-H also offers a variety of Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs SPIN clubs usually run for 6 weeks and each one covers a special topic such as Archery, Robotics, Sewing, Cooking, Shooting Sports, and more! Check our website program registration often to see and register for SPIN Clubs.

If you are brand new to 4-H and want more information, fill out this form.
New 4-H Member Interest Form

To enroll in 4-H for the upcoming year (September 1 - August 31) follow these instructions:

  • Go to
  • Set up a family account.
  • Enter the information about your family household.
  • Select your projects online. Change your mind? No problem; just sign in, click your change and start learning something new.

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To find out more about our 4-H programs contact the 4-H Program staff in your county:

  • Stark County 4-H: Jennifer Peterson (309) 932-3447 email:
    Stark County 4-H meetS at 3:30 pm the 2nd Sunday of the month at the Wy-Hi Community Center. 


If you would like to help start a new 4-H Club, consider becoming a 4-H Volunteer! Giving just a few hours a month, you can help inspire the next generation of leaders! Fill out this form and we'll set up a time to meet with you!  4-H Leader Volunteer Interest Form

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