4-H invites community to annual October kick off event

Each fall, Illinois 4-H kicks off a new 4-H year. On Oct. 7, the Kendall County program will host an open house event to celebrate.

The open house will feature events that include hands-on activities and the opportunity to meet volunteers and staff. This year, the 4-H Teen Science Ambassador group will present activities from the National 4-H STEM Challenge: Mars Base Camp.

“We welcome interested families to check out what 4-H is all about and meet staff, as well as volunteer leaders, who are the backbone of our program,” said Leilah Siegel, 4-H Youth Development educator with University of Illinois Extension. “4-H programs provide hands-on learning and opportunities for youth to feel a sense of belonging, develop independence, practice generosity and experience mastery.”

At the event, community members can view a 4-H project showcase. Through 4-H, youth can explore many areas of study, including animal sciences, creative arts, environmental sciences, health and nutrition, college and career readiness, global awareness, STEM and more.

The open house will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Kendall County Fairgrounds, 10826 Route 71 in Yorkville.

For information, visit go.illinois.edu/2021KickOff4Hdkk or fill out an interest survey at go.illinois.edu/info4Hdkk.

Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program, which is part of University of Illinois Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth ages 8 to 18, and the Cloverbud program is designed for ages 5 to 7. 4-H Youth Development programs focus on building leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Appropriate safety measures such as face coverings, physical distancing and hand-washing will be followed for in-person programs. If you have any questions or need a reasonable accommodation to participate, call 630-584-6166 or email uie-dkk@illinois.edu. Early requests are encouraged to allow time for meeting your access needs.