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Empowering Tomorrow: Innovative youth education programs offered in Lee County

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In the dynamic landscape of education, fostering a passion for learning among teenagers is paramount for their personal and intellectual growth. Recognizing the importance of providing diverse and engaging opportunities beyond traditional classroom settings, 4-H is thrilled to announce two opportunities tailored for teens in partnership with Sauk Valley Community College.

Through 4-H Mindful Mechanics, teens are encouraged to build positive relationships by expressing care, concern, and gratitude for others, build beliefs in themselves, practice self-discipline, self-control, and self-reflection, and serve others. The overall program aims to promote mindful practices that lead to improvements in managing one's goals, developing a sense of self, time management, stress management, and emotional regulation. Supplies are included.  Mindful Mechanics will take place Monday, March 18, 25, April 1, and 8 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. for youth ages 13 -19.

While our lives may be constantly on the move, and the convenience of having so much at our fingertips in digital form, there is a great deal of benefit to putting pen to paper.  Bullet Journaling presents benefits in helping organize life tasks, thoughts, and feelings, help identify stressors, help process emotions and intrusive or avoidant thoughts, gain insight and confidence, and promote empathy. Not only does bullet journaling allow for recording goals, achievements, thoughts, and reflections, but it can do so in a creative way! Supplies are included. Bullet Journaling will take place on Wednesday, April 3 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. for youth ages 12 – 19.

Both sessions will occur at Sauk Valley Community College, 173 IL-2, Dixon, IL 61021.  To register for either session visit Sauk's website Space is limited.  Questions regarding either session can be directed to Danielle Gapinski, 4-H Youth Development Educator, at 815-632-3611 or

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