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Read article: Real Colors training provides insights into how to work together more effectively for both youth and adults
Real Colors training provides insights into how to work together more effectively for both youth and adults
Blue, green, gold, and orange represent more than just colors in the crayon box. In the Real Colors temperament program they signify distinct...
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Read article: Making family mealtimes happen
Making family mealtimes happen
With many families in back-to-school busy mode, it can sometimes be difficult to enjoy having meals together. However, research shows that having...
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Read article: Ideas for youth to explore and connect with nature
Ideas for youth to explore and connect with nature
Spending time in nature is beneficial to our health and well-being. It can improve our mood, make us feel more relaxed, help us be more active, and...
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Read article: Tips for a fun family night in July
Tips for a fun family night in July
It’s hard to think about the 4th of July without visions of flags and fireworks appearing.  The holiday event is rich with traditions that help...

News Releases

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Summer presentations continue for Ogle Carroll Ag Literacy Coordinator
OREGON, Ill. - Agriculture in the Classroom is a statewide educational program with lessons offered to Kindergarten through 8th grade. Its goal is to help students, teachers, and the public gain greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society. The program is presented at...
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Abbie Phillips hired as new Tazewell 4-H coordinator
PEKIN, Ill. - There aren’t many careers that allow for people to use their swine showing skills, equestrian experience, and enjoyment of crocheting and growing houseplants all in the same role. Thankfully, Abbie Philips has found the perfect career for her with the Tazewell 4-H program. ...
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Get Up and Dance! Exploring creative outlets for movement
DIXON, Ill. - Looking for a fun, approachable way to incorporate movement into daily life? Get Up and Dance! Youth ages 8-14 will learn basic dance skills through games and activities that will help increase physical activity, promote a healthy lifestyle, and decrease potential...

Videos

School and Community Gardens Learning Module

Bring the garden into the schoolyard with our online School and Community Gardens Self-Paced Learning Modules. A school garden can be many things, from a pollinator garden, to a sensory garden, or a bulb garden. Our online learning modules focus on vegetable gardening while we take you on a...

Staff

Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey

Acting Director of 4-H Youth Development/Senior Program Lead, Positive Youth Development
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Susan Sloop

Extension Specialist Youth Development Health & Wellness