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Enrollment Update
 
 
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4-H Online 2.0 is now available for our families to enroll for the 2020-21 4-H year. We know you may have questions, and we want to provide as many answers as possible, so please read this email carefully.  It includes very important information as some steps in the enrollment process may have changed.  Please review the helpful resources linked below and remember your county 4-H program coordinator is here to help.  Thank you for your patience!

 
 
Step 1: Project Selection

It is important to take the time and review all of your project options every year.  It is especially important this year as all projects need to be selected at the time of enrollment.  Utilize the resources below to find what sparks your interest!  Note: we recommend first-year members select 1 to 3 projects.

  • Learn about all the different projects 4-H has to offer with the Illinois 4-H Project Selection Guide. Projects are organized into eight larger areas: animal sciences, career and leadership development, civic engagement, creative arts, environment, food systems, healthy living, and STEM. If you can’t find the project you’re looking for, use this handy guide from 4-H DKK to help you locate your desired project in one of these eight sections. For example, clothing and sewing projects are located under the STEM category and plants and soils projects are found in the Food Systems category.
  • Found a project that sounds interesting but don't really know what it is?  Get a better idea of what a project is about and find some quick hands-on activities to do at home using Illinois 4-H Spark Sheets (available for about 50 different projects) and our local 4-H Try It Series, which includes both video and written instruction sheets for five different project areas.

As mentioned previously, all projects should be selected at the time of enrollment.  If necessary, project enrollment changes or additions can be done at a later date, but please understand you cannot make those changes.  Because of the new system, your local 4-H staff will need to work with the state office to do so, and this could take a significant amount of time. 

 
 
Step 2: Enrollment

Enrollment is now available and families may begin enrolling on Dec. 1, 2020.  Before you start, please read the instructions below, as they guide you through the enrollment process. 

For families with more than three youth enrolled that receive the family discount, please reach out to your 4-H program coordinator PRIOR to enrollment.  This must be done in order to receive the discount and cannot be adjusted after enrollment. 

If there any questions or issues, please contact your 4-H program coordinator for further instructions. Enrollment resources can be found here for future reference. TIP: Please have all projects selected at the time of the enrollment process.

Are you a new 4-H family? Start here:

Are you a returning 4-H family? Start here:

More resources will become availble in the coming weeks.  Please be on the watch for those!  We hope this process goes smoothly for you as a family.  Again, if there are questions, please reach out to your 4-H program coordinator for assistance.

 
 
Step 3: Assumption of Risk Form

Youth and volunteers need to sign a form to participate in 4-H and Extension activities.  This is only required to be signed one time in the 4-H career.  The form must be signed by youth and parent and the names must be printed/signed by hand.  The form can be mailed to the Extension office or scanned and emailed to your 4-H program coordinator. If you would like confirmation that this step has already been processed in previous years, please reach out for verification. 

 
 
Step 4: Project Book Ordering

After your family enrolls with your project choices, you may need to order project books for the 4-H year. Your enrollment confirmation will include more information about this simple step or families can access the link directly at https://go.illinois.edu/pubsrequest.

 
 

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new program.  Project Selection and Enrollment tutorial videos will be coming soon for extra assistance.  We understand there may be issues that arise while we process enrollments and we ask for your understanding.  As with everything this year, we continue to build our resiliency and skills in our new virtual world!  

Thank you and best wishes, 

DuPage, Kane, and Kendall 4-H Program Coordinators:

Andrea Farrier, farrier2@illinois.edu, 217.300.1369
Doris Braddock, dbraddoc@illinois.edu, 217.300.8664
Kim Eisnaugle, keisnaug@illinois.edu, 217.300.9092

 
 
 
 
 

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