4-H members learn 'superhero' leadership skills
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February 10, 2014
"There's a superhero in all of us, according to Deb Stocker,
University of Illinois Extension Specialist in 4-H Youth Development. More than
100 seventh and eighth grade youth learned ways to sharpen those "superhero"
leadership skills at the 2014 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference held
Feb. 7 and 8 at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel in Decatur.
With the theme "Saving the World Through Leadership," the
young people learned that they can begin to change the world by taking action
in their local 4-H clubs and their local communities, Stocker said.
Rod Stoll, Farm Credit Illinois public relations vice
president and Illinois 4-H alum, inspired the 4-H members to keep improving
themselves, stretch their possibilities, live in genuine gratitude, serve
others and keep a young-at-heart attitude.
"Remember, you're a work in progress and you're going to
make mistakes," Stoll said. "Embrace opportunities to stretch yourself by
connecting with people who are not like you."
He encouraged the 4-H members to find ten things each day to
be thankful for and live in genuine gratitude as they strive to be of service
to others. "As 4-H members, we are all about serving others," Stoll said.
An energetic, enthusiast champion for 4-H, Stoll asked the
4-H members what they would take away from the conference, and the junior high
attendees' answers showed wisdom and insight gained from the workshop lessons.
"I want to be the leader other people don't want to work to be," wrote one
attendee. Another responded "I learned to take a piece of knowledge from everyone
"I learned the power of teamwork is greater than anyone's
power on their own," wrote one participant, while others focused on leadership:
"Leadership is nothing without listeners;" and "Leadership can't be forced on
The conference was taught by members of the Illinois 4-H
Youth Leadership Team, a team of uniquely-trained high school and college-aged
4-H members and young adult 4-H alumni. A portion of the conference expenses
was covered by the Illinois 4-H Foundation.
4-H: Illinois 4-H strives to help youth learn skills for living. University
of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois.
Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 200,000 youth each year through
sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming.
Source: Debra Stocker, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, firstname.lastname@example.org