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Our Illinois 4-H Story

Help us give that 'first look' to Illinois students

Do you remember your first time on the University of Illinois campus? Sure you do. There's something about walking on the quad for the first time that stays with a person.

Illinois 4-H wants to be that 'first look at campus' for Illinois young people, and we do it through our Illini Summer Academies. This year we set a new record … 310 kids in 16 different academies of study. We're just about evenly split between incoming high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

They arrive June 26, and we need your help showing off U of I for four days. We need tour guides on June 26 & 29. We need overnight chaperones (financial compensation available) from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

During the day, you're free to be on your own or attend any of these 16 academies: Aerospace Engineering, Ag Mechanization, Animal Science, Anthropology, Astrobiology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Digital Fabrication and Informatics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Entomology, Human Development & Family Studies, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Plant Science & Ag Business, and Vet Med.

Be the person who gives these students their first look at the campus you love so much.


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.