University of Illinois Extension

Debra Stocker
Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
State 4-H Office
801 N. Country Fair Drive
Suite E
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217.333.0910
FAX: 217-333-9287

Debra Stocker

Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development

Debra Stocker is an Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development with University of Illinois Extension. She joined the State 4-H Office in March 1991 after more than ten years in county positions with University of Illinois Extension. Her county positions included both Home Economics and Youth responsibilities. She currently provides leadership for the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, youth leadership activities and programs including Speaking for Illinois 4-H, Legislative Connection, National 4-H Conference, Citizenship Washington Focus, and the Illinois 4-H Recognition program. Her expertise includes youth voice and leadership, team-building, recognition and awards, and event management.

Deb was instrumental in the formation and development of the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team. Since 1999, she has served as an advisor to this statewide group of older 4-H members and recent 4-H alumni who provide event and promotional support to the University of Illinois Extension 4-H program. This group is responsible for the creation, design, and implementation of the Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference and the Speaking for Illinois 4-H (SFI4-H) program. Deb coordinates the Youth Leadership Team's efforts by providing registration and logistical support for these two statewide programs.

Deb's focus on Teen Leadership and Youth and Adult Partnerships led to her involvement in the design of the Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership competencies; she is currently working on the development of curriculum pieces for several of those roles. Her responsibilities also include coordinating the Illinois National 4-H Conference delegation and providing support for Legislative Connection and to volunteer coordinators of the Citizenship Washington Focus trip.

Deb has been involved with the Illinois 4-H Recognition program since its inception in 1984 when she was a member of the original design team. In her current position, she manages numerous recognition items and the state 4-H award selection process. She also provides requested trainings to both staff and volunteers in the 4-H Recognition program. Deb is responsible for coordinating the National 4-H Congress trip for Illinois delegates. She also works with the Illinois 4-H Foundation, Inc. and other volunteer groups to coordinate the Illinois 4-H scholarship programs.

Deb has served as an active member of the NAE4-HA Programs Committee Youth Empowerment task force, serving as co-chairman and chairman of this group. She has also served on the National 4-H Congress Design Team for several terms, serving at various times as chairman of Operations, Facilities, Programs, and Headquarters Committees. Deb also served one year as an assistant coordinator for National 4-H Conference, working with registration and event facilitation. She has been an active member of the Illinois Extension Professionals for Youth Education (IEPYE) for 30+ years, serving on the Board for several years and President of the organization in 2014-2015. She has most recently been selected to a 3-year term as the Coordinator for the National 4-H Conference Collegiate Facilitators.

Deb received her M.E. degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Educational Technology and her B.S. degree in Home Economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.

Her professional affiliations include: National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA); Illinois Extension Professional for Youth Education (IEPYE); and Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP). She has received the Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service Awards from NAE4-HA; Outstanding Teen Program and various Communication Awards from IEPYE; and two Outstanding Program - Team Awards from University of Illinois Extension.

Program Offerings

Youth Leadership Development

Youth & Adult Partnerships

Team Building

Illinois 4-H Recognition Program

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