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From planning and leading the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference, to walking the halls of the Illinois State Capitol talking to legislators, to representing Illinois 4-H at state and national events throughout the year, the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team provides an invaluable “youth voice” to our University of Illinois Extension State 4-H program. 

The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team involves 15-22 older 4-H members and recent 4-H alumni who coordinate and assist with various regional and statewide 4-H activities. Team members are involved in planning and implementing the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference; assisting behind the scenes with events such as Illini Summer Academies and Illinois State Fair; serving as the training team for the Speaking for Illinois 4-H program; and serving on various statewide 4-H committees and boards (i.e. Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee), among other duties.

The Youth Leadership Team offers older 4-H members and recent 4-H alumni an opportunity to give back to the 4-H program while further enhancing their leadership skills. The Team is actively involved in assisting the State 4-H Office in planning, implementing, and evaluating various 4-H events and activities; representing Illinois at National 4-H Conference; and serving as a youth voice of the Illinois 4-H Youth Development Program.

Current Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team members for the 2017-2018 4-H Year include:

     Hannah Barger, Pope County                   Grace Betz, Will County                    Joshua Cole-Brodnax, Rock Island County

     Lindy Couch, Henry County                      Ryder Flener, Hardin County             Krzysztof Gajda, Winnebago County

     Alex Hartke, Effingham County                 Taylor Hartke, Effingham County      Ethan Heidrich, Kendall County

     Justene Jennings, DeKalb County            Parker Karrick, Marion County          Paw Kaw Ku, Rock Island County

     Shelby Ledbetter, Rock Island County      Brittney Muschetto, Will County       Amareon Naudain, Sangamon County

     Charlotte Roberts, Lake County                Josh Rossi, Grundy County               Kaley Rouse, Stark County

     Grace Skelton, Logan County                    Beth Warden, Cass County              Anthony Warmack, Grundy County

      Isabella Warmack, Grundy County

Advisors: Deb Stocker, Extension Specialist - State 4-H Office; Erica Austin, Metro Youth Development Educator - Springfield; Brad Braddock, Marion Co. 4-H Volunteer