Urban Extension: A Professional Development Offering

University of I l l inois 4-H

Illinois State Cooperative Extension Services

How the Illinois Extension is positioned at the national, state, regional, and city levels:

Illinois Extension is the “flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois’ 102 counties — and far beyond.” Illinois 4-H benefits from program leadership that sees the value in diversity of ideas and experiences at all levels of the organization. Staff are encouraged by leadership to try things that have never been done and to take calculated risks. The state leadership team now consists of specialists with backgrounds in urban as well as rural communities. There are several projects currently in development that are being designed to increase the engagement of urban communities and adolescent youth across the state. Our state program leader actively seeks out partners from a variety of sectors that have the capacity to spark engagement of new audiences in 4- H. How the Illinois State CES address the multitude of issues and priorities in their community through educational programming: Illinois 4-H adjusts program promotion and delivery methods to attract minority and under-served audiences through several programs.

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In one of them Illinois 4-H hosts a summer multi-day event called 4-H Illini Summer Academies (ISA), where high school youth stay on campus and engage in hands-on learning facilitated by a campus-wide array of academic departments. The program is designed to give youth a high-fidelity glimpse into the college experience and aims to achieve the following objectives: • Career Field Exploration – Youth have the opportunity to choose between many career fields, including animal science, human development, public health, engineering, journalism, food science and biology, and exploring the academic preparation required to succeed in the profession(s) of their choice.


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