As a University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator, Laura Holland has a passion for connecting youth and families with community resources and opportunities. As an EPC for metro McLean County and Unity Community Center, Laura’s work focuses on 4-H youth development programming in the local metropolitan area, Unity Community Center’s after-school enrichment program, other youth-serving organizations, community groups, and 4-H clubs. Laura joined Extension on the McLean County and Unity teams in July 2016. Her areas of focus are centered on positive youth development research principles and include youth leadership, 4-H Teen Teachers, college and career exploration, civic engagement, and service-learning.
Laura graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Educational Services. Her field of study included special education with an emphasis on Deaf and Hard of Hearing education. She is also a veteran of the United States Army National Guard where she completed certification in communications.
Before her career with Extension, Laura volunteered at Unity Community Center as a tutor and program leader. During her volunteer time, she assisted students through academic support and led weekly programming in American Sign Language and Deaf culture.
Volunteering and Certifications
Due to her passion for youth leadership and community connection, she has since volunteered her time with For A Better Tomorrow’s Youth Global Citizen (YICU) program on their steering committee and as a project mentor. She has also organized and participated in the non-profit fair of their annual Kite Fest and YICU events. She currently participates in community outreach and support through CeMaST, Child Care & Youth Programming Coalition, and leveraging partnerships with other community resource organizations.
Laura is a certified facilitator of MCAN Poverty Simulation and Real Colors Training.
For A Better Tomorrow's Youth Global Citizen Program (YICU), Youth Advocate Award
National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA)’s, Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming Award for the North Central Region