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College & Careers

Illinois 4-H is inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs and career-ready youth with skills to succeed.

Food Access

4-H is helping youth understand where their food comes from and creating opportunities for them to lead change as they advocate for more food-secure communities.


Before we can save the world for future generations, Illinois 4-H believes we should be saving the world for this current generation.


4-H builds good leaders by giving them safe environments and many opportunities.


Illinois 4-H is teaching young people about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
Young girls engaged in learning activity through 4-H.Youths doing activityYoung girls down by river4-H Award WinnersGroup of youths from a 4-H program.

Illinois 4-H Foundation

Hot day, hot competition at state 4-H livestock judging contest

With a heat index exceeding 105 degrees Monday, it might have been easy to get distracted during this year’s Illinois 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest. Despite the heat, 175 4-H members showed up to the University of Illinois campus physically and mentally prepared to tackle eight classes of live-animal evaluation, as well as question classes and three sets of oral reasons.

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