Last year, over 200 young people in Clinton County were involved in 4-H community clubs and special interest clubs where, assisted by volunteer adult leaders, they learned about careers, leadership and citizenship. Another 830 youth were involved in 4-H through school, after school and community-partner organizations. Clinton County 4-H members are joining the more than 6 million 4-H members across the nation in celebration of National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8.
During National 4-H Week be sure to listen for 4-H members promoting 4-H on WGEL. You will see 4-H window displays put up in local businesses throughout the county, and 4-H members will be wearing their 4-H t-shirts to school.
“4-H’s learn-by-doing philosophy encourages youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently, said Liz Miller, University of Illinois Extension Youth Educator for Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington Counties. “4-H grows confident kids who tackle issues that matter most in their communities.”
Illinois 4-H members prepare for their future by studying careers related to their 4-H project. “They choose from more than 100 projects to study,” said Miller. The topics range from rocketry, GPS, computer game design, and public speaking to photography, animal science, nutrition, and more.
“The project work builds a youth’s leadership, communication, organization, and decision-making skills,” said Miller.
Learn more about joining 4-H by contacting University of Illinois Extension in Clinton County at 618-526-4551.