Illinois 4-H is empowering and preparing all Illinois youth for success by providing opportunities where they learn, practice, and demonstrate skills needed for home, career, and global citizenship.
Illinois 4-H impacts the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programs. We provide 4-H programs in every county in Illinois. 4-H programs are offered in big cities, small towns, and rural communities, as well as on U.S. military installations. One in every 14 Illinois youth age 5 to 18 participated in a 4-H program during 2015.
Illinois 4-H participation is diverse
Illinois 4-H membership is growing
- 4-H Club membership grew by 11% in 2015. (2,676 more members in 2015 over 2014)
- 4-H Club membership grew in all types of residencies from farm to city.
- 4-H Club membership in cities grew by 39% in 2015.
- There were more than 10,000 first year members in 2015, and 17% of those first year members came to 4-H as teenagers. Nearly 1,800 first year members were teens.
- The number of first year members grew by 20% in 2015.
- There were 2,042 separate 4-H clubs in the state in 2015.
- There were 313 more clubs in 2015 than in 2014, an 18% growth in the total number of 4-H clubs.
4-H appeals to all ages
- 24% of 4-H club members are in high school, a 7% increase over 2015
- 30% of 4-H club members in 6th – 8th grade, an 8% increase over 2015
- 31% of 4-H club members in 3rd – 5th grade, a 6% increase over 2015
- 12% of 4-H club members are K-2nd grade, a 48% increase over 2015
- 3% of 4-H club members are out of high school.
- 36% of 4-H club members are teenagers (13-18) 9,554 members are teens.
4-H members studied 300,000 different projects
- 67,000+ animal science projects
- 47,000+ STEM-related projects
- 46,000+ environmental stewardship projects
- 29,500+ healthy living projects
- 22,000+ creative arts projects
- 5,200+ shooting sports projects
- 8,000- robotics projects
More adults are volunteering with 4-H
- There were 4,195 4-H club leaders in 2015, a 10% increase.
- There were 895 first-year club leaders in 2015, a 17% increase.
4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in Illinois, challenging youth to “learn by doing” with fun, hands-on activities that teach skills for living.
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