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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!

4-H Soup Cook-off
Mercer County 4-H invites you to join us on Saturday, March 9 for a soup cook-off at the Aledo Fire Dept. to benefit the Mercer County Sheriff's Search and Rescue program. Taste a variety of homemade soups and vote for your favorite one! Dine in or carry out from 5 - 7 pm. Panera Bread and Whitey’s Ice Cream will also be served.


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:

Henry County 4-H: Teresa Kirwan (309) 582-5106 email:

Henry County 4-H Club listing
Here's a list of the 4-H Clubs that meet in Henry County.

Rock Island County 4-H: Tracy Fowler-Pestle (309) 582-5106 email:

Rock Island County 4-H Clubs
Rock Island County 4-H Clubs listed by city

Mercer County 4-H: Tracy Fowler-Pestle (309) 582-5106 email:

Mercer County 4-H Club listing
Listing of the 4-H Clubs that meet in Mercer County

Stark County 4-H: Jennifer Peterson (309) 932-3447 email:
Stark County 4-H will hold a kick off meeting on Sunday October 14 at the fairgrounds in Wyoming, IL. From 1:30 - 3:30 there will be games and bounce house followed by the meeting. Then the rest of the year the club will meet at 3:30 pm on 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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