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Our Illinois 4-H Story

Show us your 4-H green

There's a new campaign to grow 4-H membership to 10 million kids by 2025. Grow True Leaders also aims to collect the names of 1 million 4-H alumni. Can we count on you?

Whether your 4-H experience was speaking to legislators, whipping up a nutritious meal, leading your 4-H club meeting, spending summers at the county fair, or teaching STEM experiences, we want to hear your story so it inspires the next generation of True Leaders.

Here's all it takes:
Step 1: Go to and register as an Illinois 4-H alum.

Step 2: Any time you want to show others what 4-H has done for you, use the hashtag #thats4H. That's Illinois' exclusive tag for everything we do.

Step 3: All year long (but especially April 10-17), use all your social media platforms to give "shout outs" to your friends who are examples of True Leaders. Be sure to use both the #TrueLeaders and the #thats4H hashtags. If you're okay with it, use geolocation to show you're part of the Illinois team! Need ideas? Your shout out may read "#TrueLeaders like @Kaity teach showring etiquette to today's #4H members. #thats4H"

Step 4: Watch April 12 for an announcement by 4-H spokesman Jennifer Nettles during the National 4-H Youth Rally in Washington D.C.

Step 5: Follow @Illinois4H on Facebook and Twitter.


Judy Mae Bingman, University of Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager

Judy uses powerful words and photography to tell the Extension story. She is a skilled communication strategist and storyteller with demonstrated success in building teams and creating strong organizational brand identities that deepen Extension’s impact among key audiences, build brand loyalty, strengthen employee talent, and expand public engagement. She is a frequent conference presenter at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference and helps Extension staff across the nation tell compelling stories.