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Our 4-H Impact


Organizations lack leaders skilled in strategic planning, change management, idea sharing, listening, and emotional intelligence. This skill and knowledge gap impacts all industries.


For many 4-H members, the leadership path starts in their local club, and youth gain speed in their leadership journey after attending one of the many Illinois 4-H camps and conferences. The conferences are diverse in their training and appeal. The fundamental 4-H ideal of “learn by doing” encourages youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently.


Illinois 4-H improves youth life skills, such as communicating, decision making, and goal setting.

"Since we are the future, we want to share knowledge, ideas and experiences while helping others grow."

~Carina Engst, McLean County Youth Leadership Team Member

2 teen boys outside building
Girls build tower of toothpicks and marshmallows
Teens work on group project