One out of every seven adults in the U.S. is a former 4-H member. Clinton County 4-H Clubs are accepting new members this month to grow that number even higher.
4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. 4-H youth programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills.
Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program which is operated through University of Illinois Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18. Youth 5 to 7 years of age may join the 4-H Cloverbud program.
There are several ways to participate in 4-H. Youth may join 4-H community clubs, coordinated by local certified adult volunteers. Each club decides how often it meets, the location of its meetings and the activities held during the meeting. Members may select from over 100 different project areas to study while they build leadership, teamwork, cooperation, decision-making and communication skills.
Youth may also choose to focus on a very specific project area and join a club specifically related to that one project. Robotics, tractors, gardening, shooting sports, and taxidermy, are just a few of the popular topics for special interest clubs.
One may also participate in 4-H through short term projects held during school or at after school youth organizations. Some of these popular groups teach youth about caring for the environment, preparing for a career, making healthy choices or other priority issues which build a person’s life skills.
Clinton County 4-H will host two enrollment events this month for returning members, or new members. The first event will be at the Clinton County Extension Office on October 18 from 3-7 p.m. The second will be on October 26 at the Clinton County Extension Office from 3 -7 p.m. The Clinton County Extension Office is at 1163 North 4th Street in Breese. This will be a great opportunity for families to learn more about 4-H and get enrollment taken care of at the same time.
The Illinois 4-H program fee is $20 per child, but due to local funding and donations, Clinton County 4-H members pay just $10 per child (with a $30 max per family, per year). Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. To learn more about 4-H and enroll your child in a local club, one may contact: Cheryl Timmermann at the Clinton County Extension Office at 618-526-4551.