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Make food donations part of your back-to-school routine

As summer turns into fall, it is important to adapt donations to the changing needs of those who will receive them. The return of school lunches and the reduced pressure placed on refrigeration systems to preserve food will be boons for families struggling with food insecurity, but it is important...
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What Illinois House Bill 3814 means for 4-H youth

Illinois 4-H creates nearly 180,000 experiences for 4-H youth between the ages of 5-18 in all 102 Illinois counties. And 4-H empowers young people and creates a pathway of experiences for youth to explore topics that spark their interest whether that be in agriculture, STEM, community service, or...
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Engaging youth in conservation: Changing strategies

Last spring I was on the Urbana-Champaign campus at the University of Illinois and heard that familiar “honk” of a Canada goose. I was nowhere near any water source that I knew of, but I know what a momma goose sounds like when she is rounding up her brood to march them to a destination she thinks...
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What does the 4-H pledge mean? A youth leader's perspective

Did you know the University of Illinois Extension 4-H program reaches nearly 100,000 youth between the ages of 5-18? 4-H empowers young people and creates a pathway of experiences for youth to explore topics that spark their interest whether that be in agriculture, STEM, community service, or...
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National Safety Month bike safety tips

Summer days are filled with fun outdoor activities that include biking!  I remember riding my bicycle to visit friends, go to softball practice, and head to the local swimming pool. My bike was not only transportation for me – it made me happy.  Physical activity, like bike riding, is one of the...
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How Teen Teachers can spark a career path

You may ask what is the 4-H Teen Teacher program? The University of Illinois Extension offers a 4-H Teen Teachers program for High School youth across Illinois. In this program, 4-H Teen Teachers develop leadership and teaching skills as they train, plan, and implement hands-on learning...
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Eight mental health self-care tips for youth

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Did you know that 7 in 10 teens struggle with feelings of overwhelm, stress, anxiety, and depression? One way to help manage these difficult emotions is to practice self-care. Self-care is simply taking time to do something every day to help you relax, manage...
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Tina Veal

4-H Alumni & Constituent Engagement Manager