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4-H invests in leadership opportunities with new youth development educator in Southern Illinois

URBANA, Ill. – Illinois 4-H strives to unlock the potential in every young person, helping them to dream, plan, design, build, and achieve. Around the state, University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development staff guide the next generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

In February, Illinois Extension welcomed a familiar face, Kara Boozer, to serve as 4-H youth development educator in Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties.

“We are very excited to have Kara transition to a 4-H educator,” says Jordee Koehler, Illinois Extension county director. “She brings years of experience with youth development to help us deliver positive youth programs in our five-county area.”

Boozer will provide leadership to the youth and development program that supports 4-H clubs and special interest groups, as well as educational events in Southern Illinois. She is looking forward to providing youth programs that focus on leadership development by working with area schools.

“I hope to provide new opportunities to underserved areas that we have struggled to reach,” Boozer says.

Kara first worked with 4-H as a program coordinator. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, livestock, and program planning.

Kara graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and Animal Science. She completed her master’s degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in Agriculture Education.

Boozer is based in the Marion County office and can be reached at or (618) 548-1446.

University of Illinois Extension educators and specialists connect every county in Illinois with university research through in-person and distance-learning programming and other educational outreach. They work to provide businesses, families, and agricultural producers with the practical tools and resources needed to solve problems.

WRITEREmily Steele, Media Communications Coordinator, Illinois Extension

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions.

ILLINOIS 4-H is the flagship youth development program of University of Illinois Extension. 4-H grows true leaders, youth who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow. The hands-on approach in 4-H gives young people guidance, tools, and encouragement, and then puts them in the driver’s seat to make great things happen.