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Illinois 4-H seeks talented leaders for new Illinois 4-H Alumni Advisory Committee

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URBANA, Ill. — National 4-H Week 2023 begins Oct. 1 and celebrates the nation's largest youth development organization. 4-H began in 1915 in Illinois with the first 4-H club, the Union Pig Club, in Macoupin County. Today the organization celebrates 108 years of 4-H youth development programming and the lasting impacts on millions of youth that are now considered 4-H alumni.

The Illinois 4-H Alumni Association was established in 2016 to create a lifelong, statewide community of 4-H alumni and provide increased opportunities for meaningful engagement to increase awareness, pride, participation, volunteerism, and philanthropic commitment to Illinois 4-H. 

The Illinois 4-H Alumni Association seeks talented leaders to serve on a new Illinois 4-H Alumni Advisory Committee to represent a diverse alumni population, increase alumni engagement, recognize alumni accomplishments, and support the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association's strategic goals.  

“The Illinois 4-H Alumni Advisory Committee will be comprised of nine regional directors, three young alumni directors, two student ambassador representatives, one Collegiate 4-H ambassador, and a liaison to the 4-H Alumni Staff Advisory committee,” said Tina Veal, University of Illinois Extension 4-H alumni and constituent engagement manager. “We look forward to engaging 4-H alumni to continue to create a lifelong connection and to support the next generation of leaders.”

For more information about the Illinois 4-H Alumni Advisory Committee expectations and to download the nomination form visit:

The completed application form must be submitted electronically no later than November 15, 2023 with a resume attached and two letters of recommendation.  The Illinois 4-H Alumni Advisory Committee will launch in the Spring 2024.

The Illinois 4-H Alumni Association continues to seek to identify 4-H alumni who were "Illinois 4-H Grown" to join the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association at and share their stories and how 4-H has impacted their lives.

For information on joining 4-H or the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association, contact your local Extension office or Tina Veal at the Illinois State 4-H office at

SOURCE: Tina Veal, 4-H Alumni & Constituent Engagement Manager, State 4-H Office,

WRITER:  Tina Veal, 4-H Alumni & Constituent Engagement Manager, State 4-H Office,

About Illinois 4-H: Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth development program of University of Illinois Extension and administered through the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. 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. Independent research confirms the unparalleled impact of the 4-H experience, demonstrating that young people are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

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, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.