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