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Michelle Cox
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288

Sabrina Huley
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288

Sandra Prez
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Metro
University of Illinois Extension
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288

Lake County 4-H

Lake County 4-H

The Mission of 4-H

To help youth learn skills for living.

We value youth and their families and believe in fostering a sense of lifelong learning.

Using research-based curriculum, we strive to:

  • empowers people to voluntarily help themselves and others.
  • stimulates skill development for life long living.
  • builds leadership skills for betterment of self, family and community.
  • improves the quality of life today and for future generations.
  • focuses on individuals and relationships.

Traditional 4-H Clubs

There are more than 400 youth in 25 community clubs, Cloverbud grouips, and SPIN (special Interest) clubs and school groups, throughout Lake County. Clearly 4-H is not just for rural youth. With over 150 project areas to choose from, the 4-H club experience gives boys and girls ages 8-18 an opportunity to explore topics of interest, make new friends, develop leadership and life skills, and contribute through community service. 4-H'ers also have the opportunity to partake in events on the county, state, national, and even international levels.

4-H Metro Programs

University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Metro Program is a national and international program administered by the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign focused on meeting the needs of the youth of Illinois' most populated communities by developing targeted innovative program models.

Over five hundred Lake County youth have participated in exciting new programs since the inception of 4-H Metro programming in 2013. Offering after-school programming with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 4-H leaders have engaged youth in robotics, video photography, GPS technology, cryptography and many more topics. 4-H continues its tradition at the Great Lakes and Glenview Naval Bases as well as its continued commitment to Boys and Cgirls Club youth in Lake County. With 4-H clubs now in more than a dozen schools as well as local public libraries and other youth-serving organizations, a new generation of 4-H youth is growing in urban Lake County.

Professional Development for those Working with Youth

As a provider of continuing professional development units, Extension offers a variety of trainings for those working with youth. Topics include: Social and emotional development, bullying, character education, incubation & embryology, science careers, workforce education for high school students, and more.

Local Issues Programming

In collaboration with local coalitions, governmental agencies, and private partners, Extension youth development brings the knowledge of the University to Lake county to address important youth issues such as social and emotional development, childhood obesity, as well as character and diversity education.

Volunteer Development

Volunteers are critical to Extension youth programming. Extension staff provides training and support to more than 100 volunteers who contribute thousands of hours each year to actively support both the traditional 4-H program and learning enrichment activities in Lake County. If you are interested in helping our youth as a volunteer, please contact Lake County Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

Did You Know?

SPIN clubs allow kids ages 8 to 18 with common interests or hobbies to meet as a club and share their special interest. Whether their passion is sailing, robotics, community theater, or just about any other topic, kids can gain knowledge and enhance their skills through a positive group experience. A SPIN club can be started with as few as one adult volunteer leader and five young people with an interest in a particular topic. While an adult leader provides expertise and guidance, club members take an active role in plannig and running their own activities.

Traditionally, 4-H programs have been community-based. SPIN clubs reach out beyond local communities to bring kids and families with common interests together. They are a great way to introduce young people to a specific hobby or interest they might not otherwise have a chance to develop.

Potential Clubs

  • Crime and Science Clubs
  • Fitness Clubs
  • Forces of Nature Clubs
  • Kitchen Science Clubs
  • Paper Crafts Clubs
  • Sewing Clubs
  • Spa and Relaxation Clubs
  • Theater Arts Clubs


Starting a SPIN Club Check list

SPIN Club Plan of Action Form

SPIN Club Expense Record Form

Time Log for volunteers

Wanted: SPIN Club Leaders

We are currently looking for people to share their skills with youth. If you know of anyone within your community who would be willing to teach youth their skills, please contact Sabrina Huley, 4-H Coordinator,

Are you interested in joining 4-H? Please call the Lake County Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

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