More than 200 teens packed cars and busses for a rally on the University of Illinois campus to commemorate the beginning of the 4-H year. New in 2017, the event was a celebration of the importance teen members are to 4-H, said Alvarez Dixon, U of I Extension 4-H youth development specialist. “We want to engage youth so they see all the opportunities available to them,” Dixon said. “We know that teens are tempted to drop out of 4-H in their early adolescence, so this event provided a chance for us to show them all the reasons they should stay in 4-H.”
The rally was also a way to introduce potential students to U of I. ACES Dean Kim Kidwell challenged the teens to investigate all the university has to offer.