The Illinois 4-H Alumni Association will host opportunities for 4-H alumni to network throughout the year.  We look forward for opportunities to connect with you and hear your 4-H stories!  Watch for upcoming events!

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Celebrate National 4-H Week!

National 4-H Week is an annual tradition for Illinois 4-H youth, clubs and families.  How can you support National 4-H Week as 4-H alumni?

Wear your 4-H Gear
Wear your favorite 4-H shirt, a 4-H pin, or green during National 4-H week, October 2-8, 2022.  

Change your social media profile
Share a photo of when you were a 4-H member as a profile photo, and share with others how 4-H has impacted your life!  Tag us with the hashtag #il4hstory 

Share 4-H Alumni Graphics on Social Media
Download "I Got My Start in 4-H" or "I am 4-H Grown" graphics for social media and post about your 4-H experiences and a favorite memory!

Tell a new family about how to join the Illinois 4-H program.
We often hear, "4-H is often the best kept secret".  Share about 4-H with prospective new members and their families. Connect them to the local extension office to learn how to join!

Use a ZOOM Background
Have an online meeting?  Share your 4-H pride by downloading and using a 4-H ZOOM background! 

Become a 4-H Volunteer 
As a 4-H alum, you might be looking for ways to reconnect with 4-H.  Consider giving your time to a local 4-H club or committee to help grow the 4-H program.  Contact your local extension office for volunteer opportunities.

Share Your 4-H Story
Illinois 4-H is seeking 4-H stories.  Share your 4-H story on social media during National 4-H week and with the Illinois 4-H program through the "What's 4-H Your Story" campaign or complete a 4-H alumni profile.

Send a 4-H "Thank You"
4-H taught us to give thanks.  Send a note to someone that impacted your life as part of the Illinois 4-H program.  Whether if you grew up in 4-H and remember someone that helped guide your or you are involved in a local 4-H program and see the impact of positive work in your county - thank a local staff member.

Encourage 4-H Alumni to Join the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association
Do you keep in touch with other 4-H alumni?  Help them stay connected to the Illinois 4-H program by registering as a 4-H alumni.  

Give Back
The Illinois 4-H Foundation and its donors believe more youth should benefit from a 4-H experience. We believe more youth of all backgrounds should have access to every learning pathway 4-H offers. We believe more youth, from farms and rural communities to cities and suburbs, should have experiences geared toward their community's culture. We believe 4-H volunteers should have more resources to use. Learn more about how to give financially to the Illinois 4-H program.

Graphics for Social Media

Zoom Background

4-H ribbons, pins, and teddy bear

4-H Alumni by the Decades 

Seeking Illinois 4-H History!
4-H Alumni! Come share your stories about growing up in Illinois 4-H during your 4-H decade!
Join us on the 4th Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted (*) from 7-8pm CST via zoom. 

Registration will be available each month prior to the event date and due one week prior to the online event to receive the online event link.

Pick Your Decade to Join!

  • 1940's - September 27, 2022 - completed
  • 1950's - October 25, 2022 - Register by October 21
  • 1960's - November 29, 2022*
  • 1970's - January 24, 2023
  • 1980's - February 28, 2023
  • 1990's - March 28, 2023
  • 2000's - April 25, 2023
  • 2011-Present - May 23, 2023

*different day of month

We will also be seeking photos of special memories, momentos, awards of each decade to share on a new Illinois 4-H History website to be developed.  We want to hear your 4-H stories! 

Past Events:

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Did you miss the Illinois 4-H Town Hall? What a wonderful evening of youth sharing how 4-H has impacted their lives, learning about youth leadership opportunities, and our leadership sharing about the Illinois 4-H program, Illinois Extension, and updates from the National 4-H Council Board of Trustees. We are fortunate to have outstanding leaders and staff in Illinois to guide the Illinois 4-H program and build our next generation of leaders.  

The Illinois 4-H Virtual Town Hall is now available online. We hope you will take the time to listen and learn about Illinois 4-H today and our plans for the future. We know you each have a passion for the Illinois 4-H program as an alumni or friend of the 4-H program, and you care about the next generation of youth and the impacts they will make on our communities and state. We hope you will continue to advocate and share your 4-H story! We have a lot to be proud of!