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New University of Illinois Extension Educator builds connections and community for local youth

Andrea Farrier

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 staff encourage and guide the next generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs through 4-H experiences.

Andrea Farrier is now in the role of 4-H youth development educator, serving DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties. Previously serving as a 4-H program coordinator, Farrier continues to connect with tri-county families and partners. In addition, she plans to create new ways to meet families where they are and develop research-based educational programs to address emerging local needs.

“Andrea brings enthusiasm and experience to help lead youth programming and partnerships in our tri-county unit,” says Deanna Roby-Vorgias, Illinois Extension County Director. “As Educator, she remains committed to growing relationships and awareness so we can better serve our diverse communities.”

A 4-H alum and parent herself, Farrier knows the rich benefits of positive youth development experiences.

“To me, 4-H means a lifetime of community and learning,” she said. “It was a place where I formed long-lasting friendships, as both a youth and adult, and built skills I still use today. More importantly, it gives my child, and thousands of others, a way to grow and explore without fear of failure.”

“4-H allows young people to try and thrive in a safe, supportive environment,” Farrier says. “There are many ways to engage in 4-H, from clubs and workshops to after-school programs and special events.” Farrier shared that she is especially passionate about helping kids and teens find pathways to personal development and prepare for the future.

“Young people can experience a sense of belonging, explore their interests, foster a sense of community, and practice generosity, all while building confidence, life skills, and independence,” Farrier says. “I love being a part of something that can make a daily impact for years to come.”

Prior to her time with Extension, Farrier worked for 13 years in the agriculture industry and education, both formally and informally. She has earned a master’s degree in agricultural leadership, education, and communications from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University. She can be reached at or 630-584-6166.

SOURCE: Andrea Farrier, Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator serving DuPage, Kane, and Kendall Counties

WRITER: Rosie Ralston,, 630-553-5823

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.