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Carissa Akpore
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
980 N. Postville Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: 217-732-8289
FAX: 217-735-5837

Erica Austin
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Metro
University of Illinois Extension
700 S. Airport Drive
Springfield, IL 62707
Phone: 217-782-4617
FAX: 217-524-6662

Sharon Lounsberry
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
420 S. 7th St.
Petersburg, IL 62675
Phone: 217-632-7491
FAX: 217-632-2425

Sangamon & Menard County 4-H

Sangamon & Menard County 4-H

How do I join 4-H?

Follow these easy steps to Join 4-H! 

The 4-H Year begins September 1, 2017! You can join throughout the year, however, as a new member you must be enrolled by March 1st, 2018 to participate in the annual 4-H Show. Youth must be between the ages of 8-18 (5 to 7 years for Cloverbuds) as of September 1, 2017 to sign up for the 2017-2018 4-H year 

  • Find a club: See the links below for clubs' contact information or contact the Extension office for enrollment information and for help finding a club in your community. Sangamon County: contact Kathryn Long at 217-782-4617  for Menard County: contact Sharon Lounsberry 217-632-7491
  • Attend a club meeting and with support from the leader(s) and Extension you will be on your way to deciding what and how much you do in 4-H.
  • Complete your online enrollment and sign up for projects. See the 2017 Illinois Clover with download below or by clicking here. Experience all that 4-H has to offer!   

A 4-H Community Club has a minimum of five members, ages 8 to 18, and at least one screened adult volunteer. These clubs hold regular business meetings at least six times per year and elect officer positions. 4-H members may participate in individual and group projects, workshops, judging contests, the 4-H fair, and other fun learning activities throughout the year. There are over 200 project areas to choose from. All 4-H curriculums are designed to include hands-on activities.

4-H SPIN (Special Interest) Clubs & Judging Teams: SPIN or Special Interest Clubs are clubs in which meetings surround one topic of special interest to the group. They are led by an adult volunteer who has a specific interest in that field. SPIN club members seek to improve upon their skills as they learn more about a specific area. SPIN clubs are offered throughout the year and range anywhere from Robotics to Shooting Sports, Livestock Judging, Photography, Cooking...anything!

The 4-H Cloverbud program helps build confident kids.  Specially designed for kids ages five through seven, the 4-H Cloverbud program gets kids excited about learning.  The 4-HCloverbud program uses hands-on learning activities to help kids explore art, plants and animals, science, and the environment.  They also engage in group activities that promote personal development, healthy life-styles, and a sense of citizenship.  Cloverbuds are given the opportunity to display their accomplishments in a noncompetitive environment during the annual 4-H Fair.