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Our Impact

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. 

Read Our 2020 Impact Report


Read Our 2019 Impact Report


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.