University of Illinois Extension

Tessa Hobbs-Curley
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Henderson/ Knox/ McDonough/ Warren Unit
3022 W Jackson
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-837-3939
FAX: 309-833-3019

As a youth development educator, Tessa Hobbs-Curley works with youth, volunteer groups, community agencies, parents, and others to help develop life skills for youth. She focuses on leadership development, collaboration and partnership building, youth issue education, decision making, money management, health, and communications. Hobbs-Curley emphasizes high-impact, quality programs.

Hobbs-Curley graduated from Ashford University with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Social Science and a master's degree in Human Development Counseling. She is a member of professional associations including the National Association of Education for 4-H Agents (NAE4HA), Illinois Education Professional Youth Educators (IEPYE), the West Central Illinois Professional Counselor Association (WCIPCA), and the American Angus Association. She also has a certificate as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. In addition, Hobbs-Curley is a COLORS matrix instructor in which she helps individuals assess their own personalities and improve their communication skills, and she delivers Character Counts and Ethics in Sports Educations programs.

She joined University of Illinois Extension as an educator (4-H youth development for McDonough County). She currently serves as the youth development educator for the Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Warren Unit. As a youth development educator she provides overall leadership for the 4-H program.

She has been instrumental in the development of youth development resources including: Terrific Teachable Moments: Pre-K–2nd Grades; Terrific Teachable Moments: 3rd–6th Grades; Terrific Teachable Moments: 7th–12th Grades; Terrific Teachable Moments: Family Version; and Breaking the Code: Bullying Simulation. The Terrific Teachable Moments are quick lessons that teachers can use to address a positive and negative behavior. The lessons address Social Emotional Learning Standards and character-building in youth.

Included among Hobbs-Curley's awards and recognitions are 2007 Search for Excellence in Teen Programming, 2007 Communicator Award Team Piece, 2007 Communicator Award Education Team Piece, 2007 Achievement in Service, 2009 Distinguish Service Award, 2010 Educational Technology Award, 2011 NAE4-HA Educational Package Team Award. Her dedication to serving her community and working with her youth development team members has granted her these honors.

Program Offerings

Major program areas include:


Have you ever wondered how people can be so different? Gain an understanding of yourself and others during this interactive and fun personality/temperament training.

Character Education

Includes training for faculty and staff, introduction to specific curricula, and follow-up consultations with the school's character education committee. The six pillars of character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship) are covered in these lessons.

Welcome to the Real World - Experience what it is like to live on a given budget based on individual careers.

Walk In My Shoes - Understanding what it is like to experience life with certain limitations.

Wonderwise - Explore the wonderful world of science through hands-on activities and career exploration.

Other program offerings include RISK (Real Issues of the Sexual Kind), bullying prevention, Operation Safe Kids, Leadership Development through Community Action.

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