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Ways to Volunteer
There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of young people through 4-H. We can help you find a role that matches your unique interests, availability and schedule.
Lead a club: Some clubs have members who explore several different areas of interest - we call these projects. Other clubs focus on a shared interest or single project. As a leader of either kind of club, your role is to encourage and guide youth in their explorations, and use your skills to help kids explore and discover what matters to them so they can make an impact today and in the future. Help them set goals, foster a sense of belonging and independence, inspire a generous spirit, and master skills that will prepare them for their future.
Teach a skill: All of us have something we enjoy and do well, from gardening and programming robots to cooking and crafting. There are many different ways for you to share that skill, from teaching one-time workshops to organizing a club devoted to your area of specialty.
Judge projects: 4-H allows members to demonstrate their project learning several different ways. Members present an exhibit, speech, or performance to showoff their learning. Judges provide valuable critique and offer encouragement and concrete suggestions for improvement.
Plan or help at an event: Several activities are held to help members learn about topics of interest. Volunteer support for the planning of these events ensures local needs are met and adequate supervision is provided.
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Our Promise to You... it's our mission! Illinois 4-H will foster belonging, independence, generosity and mastery in all youth it reaches. Illinois 4-H will create opportunities for youth to use their skills to influence and impact others Illinois 4-H will equip youth with skills and experiences for success Illinois 4-H will target its youth education programs to address Illinois issues
4-H began more than 100 years ago. The secret to our success? ... As kids change, we change. We’ve ADDED MORE PROJECTS to the foundation of agriculture-related projects... things like robotics, environment, aerospace. We’ve EXPANDED THE ROLES teens may explore ... things such as teaching, mentoring, and advocating for causes they support. We’ve EXPANDED into metro areas and adjusted 4-H to fit the lifestyle of active metro audiences. We’ve ENGAGED kids in more hands-on learning and stayed true to our belief of "Learn By Doing."