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Illinois 4-H prepares youth to solve Illinois' problems by producing the leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, stewards, and builders we need. 4-H builds good leaders by giving them safe environments to practice all the skills needed to be successful leaders. 

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youth ziplining
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Who can join 4-H?

4-H is the place for all Illinois kids and teens ages 5-18 where you belong and are part of a community!

What is 4-H?

Illinois 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in Illinois, where youth “learn by doing” with fun, hands-on activities that teach skills youth can use now and in the future!

What do you do in a 4-H club meeting?

Meetings are so much more than just meetings! Members are given the opportunity to learn and practice decision-making in group situations. 4-H members attend their club's meetings, and their grown-ups are encouraged to come as well ... 4-H is a family affair! Members plan and carry out what they want to do as a group.

A club meeting has four parts with definite activities in each part and meetings are run using parliamentary procedure.

  • Opening: Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge
  • Business: Roll call, secretary's report, treasurer’s report, committee reports, old business and new business
  • Education: Program, demonstrations, talks and guest speakers
  • Fun: Recreation, songs, skits, refreshments and entertainment

Is 4-H in my county?

There are 4-H clubs in all 102 counties in Illinois! Find your local Extension office!

Did you know?  4-H members are…

5x

more likely to say they'll graduate from college

2x

more likely to say they want a career in science

3x

more likely to say they exercise and are active

4x

more likely to say they help their communities

2x

more likely to say they achieve academically

2x

more likely to say they are active in school

*As reported from a 10-year 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development.