County 4-H Programs Offer Skill Development in a Positive Environment for Kids and Teens
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2013
Celebrates National 4-H Week
CHARLES, Ill. – DuPage, Kane and Kendall County 4-Hers will join the 7 million
other youth currently in 4-H worldwide to celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 6 to
12. 4-H offers skill development in a
positive environment through many venues in each county in Illinois.
"4-H Youth Development programs provide hands-on learning activities
for youth in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties, across Illinois and throughout
the country," said Deanna Roby, University of Illinois Extension Educator for
the tri-county area. "Programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills,
and there are many different ways to experience 4-H in your county."
year in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties, more than 1,200 youth participated
in organized 4-H community clubs, special interest (SPIN) clubs and other clubs,
led by more than 800 trained volunteer leaders. Youth development programs also reached more
than 13,000 children and teens through school programs, afterschool activities
may join 4-H community clubs and explore more than 100 different project areas
to study while building leadership, teamwork, decision-making and communication
skills. Or, 4-H participants may instead choose to focus on a specific project
area through a special interest, or SPIN club," Roby said.
clubs provide episodic learning opportunities in areas such as robotics,
photography, gardening, visual arts, and nutrition, just to name a few.
may also participate in 4-H short-term projects through camps, school or afterschool
youth organizations. Some of these popular groups teach youth about science and
technology, caring for the environment, preparing for a career, making healthy
choices or other priority issues which build a person's life skills, said Roby.
4-H Provides Positive
"Last year, 4-Hers in your county were part of a
survey to measure the value of the 4-H experience," said Dr. Denise Oberle, Illinois
4-H Program Leader. The results showed 4-H has a positive influence on the
participants in both character and career development.
"4-Hers said that they feel welcomed at their 4-H
club meetings and feel that adult leaders care about them," Oberle said. "And,
nearly all of the members surveyed stated 4-H helped them develop independent
life skills and prepared them for their future and possible careers."
Many 4-Hers perform service projects, which benefit
their community, and more than 90 percent of those surveyed could list ways to
make a difference in their communities, Oberle said.
"Nearly all of our graduating seniors reported they
learned skills through 4-H they can use in a future job," Oberle added.
county in Illinois has a 4-H program operated through University of Illinois
Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18, and Cloverbud
clubs allow children ages 5 to 7 to get a taste of the 4-H experience.
new program year just began, and new clubs are forming in your community now.
more information on the 4-H program in your county, visit
web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk/ or call your local Extension office
in – DuPage County at 630-955-1123, Kane County at 630-584-6166, or Kendall County at
Youth Development programs provide hands-on learning, and focus on leadership,
citizenship and life skills. 4-H is part of University of Illinois
Extension. University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs
and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality
of life, develop skills and solve problems. University of Illinois Extension provides equal
opportunities in programs and employment.
Source: Deanna Roby, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, firstname.lastname@example.org