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Our Illinois 4-H Story 

Across the state, 4-H members and volunteers are impacting their communities. They are creating innovative solutions to complex problems. They are compassionate for those in need, respectful of those who came before, and generous with their time, talents and resources. They are the faces of Illinois 4-H. Read their stories here.

10 Things For Which 4-H Members Give Thanks

We asked 4-H members and leaders the things for which they were thankful. Their answers make us smile during this time of Thanksgiving. READ MORE

Mission: Feeding a Growing World

When your survival depends on feeding a growing world population, who better to call than a 4-H alum who has spent his professional career working to maximize crop outputs on every acre. READ MORE

Cheers to the Green & White

October 1 starts the biggest week in 4-H, National 4-H Week. 4-H membership is 6 million strong across the country, with more than 25 million alumni. READ MORE

Life Lessons Are Everywhere

BRANDT believes so much in the future of agriculture, the Illinois Ag company put the icons of the two greatest youth development organizations, 4-H and FFA, on the hood of its race car. READ MORE

Google and 4-H ... and Russell

Google made quite a splash at the Illinois State Fair. But, as good as that announcement was, it only got better when a 4-H member named Russell took center stageREAD MORE

Failures Don't Have to Be Failures

I hope that our kids continue to find the bravery within to pursue their dreams and use their failures as opportunities to reinvent their course of action. READ MORE

Remember What Matters at the 4-H Show

It’s about respecting your competitor and respecting the rules of the game and knowing the minute you stop either one, you’ve lost. READ MORE

5 Lessons Every 4-H Members Know

Lessons come wrapped in all types of boxes. Here are five lessons every 4-H member knows. READ MORE

4-H Teen is author, developer, philanthropist

Some members do 4-H projects, then there is Anthony Warmack's version of a 4-H project. For years, he has made environmental sciences his passion. READ MORE

Raise Your Hand

As part of the Raise Your Hand call to action through June 30, 4-H is asking the millions of 4‑H alumni across the nation, including 4-H alums in Illinois to 'Raise Your Hand' and pay it forward in support of providing the hands-on learning that empowers kids across America. READ MORE.

We're Listening

We've kept 4-H a secret much too long. Effective organizational communication is a two-way street. We know we must learn to listen more and talk less if we want to develop meaningful relationships with clients. READ MORE.

A Champion for Illinois 4-H

A woman of remarkable grace and dedication, Lila Jeanne tirelessly campaigns with her time, talent, energy and financial resources to the advancement of Illinois 4-H, 4-H Memorial Camp, 4-H House, University of Illinois, and Illini Sports, said Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director. READ MORE

When 4-H Really Matters

Life Changing. It isn't a term I use lightly or often. It loses its power when used carelessly, yet today, today, I can use no other word to describe Josiah's 4-H journey than life-changing.Josiah just won the Illinois State 4-H Air Rifle Shoot held Saturday in Bloomington, but that isn't why his life is changed. His life is changed because of 4-H, one simple year of 4-H. READ MORE

Volunteers are Key

You wouldn't think it would work. The shooting sports program is one of the fastest growing projects in Illinois 4-H. There's just one hitch; in order to participate, youth must take the project as part of a 4-H club experience. And, to be a 4-H shooting sports club, a club needs at least two certified instructors.To be certified, adults must attend a full weekend training, and for most, at their own $125 expense. They go through background checks and reference checks. Once approved, they spend countless hours in all types of weather giving their time to bring the sport to youth. See why it really shouldn't work? READ MORE