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 Becky Needham, 4-H EPC

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great holiday break, and we look  forward to a great year in 2021! Check in on the Extension events page to see what 4-H events are coming up soon. Be sure to connect with us by following us on Facebook. Information is also updated on the 4-H website on a regular basis.

4-H Online is ready for all members to enroll/re-enroll! A Family User’s Guide has been created to help walk families through the process. All are encouraged to utilize 4-H Online for enrollments; however, paper forms will be available to individuals who do not have access to the internet.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me at (618) 993-3304 or girtman@illinois.edu.

- Ramona Girtman, Williamson County 4-H Extension Program Coordinator

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Join us and be a part of the Illini Summer Academies Teen Production Team! Help us plan and lead this summer, state-wide, virtual event! For more information on what the Teen Production Team does and, how to apply, please click on this here.

Interviews will be a part of the application process! Applications are due by Friday, January 8, 2021. For more information, contact Roxana Cejeda at (217) 333-0910.

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The Illinois 4-H Foundation offers scholarships to assist youth in attending Illini Summer Academies. Trail Blazers Scholarships are provided to make college exploratory experiences accessible to all youth by encouraging participation of scholars who are under-represented in certain career fields and who may find the cost of attendance to exploratory programs a significant challenge. For more information on requirements and how to apply, please click here.

Applications are due by Friday, January 22, 2021. For more information, contact Roxana Cejeda at (217) 333-0910.

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Interested in sharing your 4-H story for a 4-H Alumni profile?  We are seeking 4-H alumni to share their 4-H story to be highlighted on our social media accounts for a "Member Monday" 4-H profile! Share your 4-H Story today!

Do you have news to share with the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association?  Moved - New Address? Did you get a new job?  Married?  Promotion?  New Baby?  A recent death of a 4-H alum?  Share your 4-H News and stay connected!


Register to participate in the 4-H Volunteer Café Conversations Illinois 4-H recently launched a platform for 4-H Volunteers from across Illinois to meet virtually and discuss topics of interest and share both ideas and challenges. Volunteers will gain access to tools and techniques to support their volunteer efforts, strengthening 4-H club and member learning experiences. 4-H will address two topics during each Café Conversation, so come with your ideas, questions, and since this is a Café Conversation, feel free to bring a snack as well! Upcoming conversation dates:

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021; 7 PM
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021; 7 PM

Save the date for a fun evening of networking with Illinois 4-H alumni for a virtual trivia night on Feb. 4 at 7 pm via Zoom. Trivia night will be hosted by Hambone Entertainment, and trivia questions will cover a wide range of knowledge, including history, sports, pop culture, and of course, 4-H! Teams will be randomly assigned at the event to encourage new connections and networking. Watch for registration information on the Illinois 4-H alumni website

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At the National 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science, high school students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security, and sustainability. Students will work with each other and experts in the agricultural community in this collaborative, hands-on educational setting. The summit will be an opportunity to meet like-minded peers from across the country, learn more about career opportunities, and network with professionals in the field of Agri-science. As a cornerstone of the experience, participants are challenged to identify and develop action plans that address agriculture issues in their community. For more information, click here or contact Mark Becker

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With eSports becoming one of the largest growing tech industries in the world, with annual revenue of $1.5 billion with an expectation to reach $2.2 billion by 2023, it is time that our youth become poised and ready to meet the demands of this growing field.

Are you at least 12 years old and own a computer or gaming system? This year Illinois 4-H released a pilot curriculum focused on the growing field of electronic sports or eSports, and we would like to pilot it with you! As a pilot, we hope to modify the curriculum based on the youth's feedback and input. Under the direction of Illinois 4-H Computer Science Innovator Eric Li, youth will be virtually guided (using Zoom) through the eSports Pilot curriculum, learn the basics of the eSports field, and learn about the hardware and software that makes eSports possible. In addition, youth will play and practice their favorite games as a team and potentially compete in one or more eSports competitions through the Spring and Summer.

Registration for this opportunity will open on December 1 and close on January 15, with meetings beginning the third week of January. Schedule and goals will be determined/presented in the first meeting with plans on meeting at least twice a month (and more frequently before competitions). 

Interested youth can register through this link. For questions or comments, please contact the Illinois 4-H STEM Team.


If you are curious as to what college or career is right for you, plan now to join us and discover new possibilities at the Illini Summer Academies (ISA)! At ISA you can expect a fun and exploratory experience featuring a virtual academy session and a variety of new workshops and fun virtual activities. For questions, contact Illinois 4-H.


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