Compeer Financial, through its Fund for Rural America, has invested in University of Illinois Extension 4-H. A check presentation was made on Aug. 28 during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
Illinois 4-H youth development has provided the opportunity for youth to feel a sense of belonging, develop independence, practice generosity, and experience mastery. The 4-H movement supports young people from elementary school through high school with programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators.
“4-H creates an environment where the next generations of leaders can explore, learn, and grow,” said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist at Compeer Financial. “Creating these leaders and opportunities is essential for the future of Illinois and the rural communities served by Compeer.”
Compeer Financial’s $20,000 investment in Illinois 4-H this year helps in funding programs such as the state public speaking contest, as well as supporting core programs in the areas of food access, animal sciences, leadership, and environment.
“We appreciate that Compeer sees value in investing in the development of today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders,” says Shelly Nickols-Richardson, associate dean and director of Illinois Extension. “The goal of providing a pipeline of leaders and professionals into enterprises like Compeer Financial depends upon the continued ability to grow youth through 4-H.”
Kim Kidwell, dean of the College of College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at Illinois adds, “Compeer’s commitment to Illinois 4-H supports opportunities for youth to explore their interests, build their leadership skills, and make connections with new friends, mentors, and future employers. This continued support advances our work in youth development to help develop young people into future leaders of a better world.”
Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.