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2023 4-H Leadership Conference: Discovering the Leader Within You!

Hey youth (12-18 years of age), are you a leader?  Have you wanted to learn how to be a leader?

On Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a youth leadership conference at the District 1 Police Station located at 1045 W. State Street, Rockford, Illinois. 

This conference is open to all youth in Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties.  Learn and engage with a variety of local adult and youth leaders in Winnebago County.  The conference is sponsored by a memorial in the name of University of Illinois Extension former employee, Tom Schingoethe.  Many of you may remember Tom as the county director of the Winnebago County office and when he became the Associate Director of the Northwest Region that would finish out his 40-year career with extension.

 A pizza lunch will be served.  Register at 

“Youth are going to come away with a lot of information on what inspires someone to get into leadership and to help their community; as well as learning from their peers on how to get started in leadership”, stated Kelly Lafferty, 4-H Youth Development Educator for University of Illinois Extension-Unit 1.  “Youth will be engaged and will learn from all sorts of leaders with different leadership skills—it’s really going to be a fun conference.”

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