4-H strives to change the lives of youth through project exploration, leadership, and teamwork to build the confidence needed to write their own futures. 4-H members are our leaders of tomorrow and beginning September 1, youth throughout Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties will be able to participate in 4-H clubs without having to pay an enrollment fee for the 2021-2022 program year.

  

Katie Buckley, 4-H Youth Development educator in McLean County believes this is an excellent chance for “youth who are unsure about whether or not 4-H is for them to take this opportunity to try it out.”

4-H is truly for everyone and youth can join a club any and all times of the year. The 4-H New Year begins for local clubs on September 1, so this is the chance to offer this exclusive opportunity for the three counties. This includes existing and new 4-H youth ages 8-18 and Cloverbud youth ages 5-7 by September 1, 2021. All members must be enrolled and have all paperwork turned in by October 31 to receive their fee waived. Fee waivers have always been available for families who have a limited income as well as families with more than three youth enrolled.   

4-H has been a long-standing youth organization that spans worldwide. Youth can explore a variety of project areas that fit their interests. Project areas range from animal science, career and leadership development, healthy living and nutrition, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts/ag, and math) to name a few.

"4-H has something unique to offer to all youth whether they are into robotics, computer science, cooking, or leadership. This program serves to empower youth and assist them in acquiring skills they will use the rest of their lives,” says Alcha Corban, 4-H Youth Development educator for Livingston, Woodford, and Unity Community Center. 

Take the chance and get involved in your local 4-H program where you too can learn how  to write your story. Visit go.illinois.edu/LMW4H for more information about what 4-H has to offer and how to get started in Livingston, McLean, and Woodford County 4-H. For questions, contact local 4-H staff at the Extension office at Livingston: 815-842-1776; McLean: 309-663-8306; and Woodford 309-467-3789.