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Two local 4-H clubs were recognized at the state level for
their work in youth development. Rio Livestock of Knox County 4-H won a state
award for their work in community service while Cameron Kids of Warren County
4-H won in the area of Project Learning. These two clubs completed award applications
as a club and were selected as two of the thirty-eight clubs who received
awards across the state.
4-H is the largest out of school youth development program
in the United States organized by the University of Illinois Extension. The
program is made up of more than 1,600 clubs and over 26,650 youth. 4-H members
range in age from eight to eighteen with an option to join as a Cloverbud
member for those who are ages five to seven. Members of 4-H are able to master
a skill/skills while achieving a sense of belonging to the group, achieving a
level of independence, and developing a sense of generosity. With the help of a
caring adult volunteer, 4-H members thrive.
Rio Livestock and Cameron Kids 4-H clubs both encourage
their members to become resourceful, engaged citizens by engaging in community
service activities, welcoming new members, practicing leadership, and learning
new skills through a number of project areas. “We are extremely proud of these
two clubs. I know how beneficial 4-H is for youth and to see our clubs
recognized for the amazing work they do is incredible,” says 4-H Youth
Development Educator, Shelby Carlson.
Any youth, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or disability may enroll as a 4-H member. Those interested in joining 4-H can call their local county Extension office or visit https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/ to learn more.
***Report Courtesy of the University of Illinois Extension***