July 3, 2012
Yes, you can start planning for the new 4-H year already by promoting the next Speaking for Illinios 4-H Training!! It's been set for Saturday, September 29th in Winchester at the Scott County Extension Office.
As a reminder, Speaking for Illinois 4-H trains older 4-H members in advanced public presentation - how to solicit donations, provide reports to county boards, speak to state legislators, presentations for civic groups, etc. We train these youth to help YOU in the local Unit to spread the 4-H story and get the word out! Members receive a brief training in BIGM and the importance in including that type of data/information in talking about 4-H to stakeholders. Pam Weber, the legislative lobbyist for Extension Partners, provides informaton on putting together the member's 4-H story to share with legislators and county board members. As an extra bonus, SFI4-H youth are invited to help at the spring Legislative Connection event(s).
Start recruiting your older 4-H members this summer at your fairs and 4-H shows. SFI4-H trainees must be at least 14 years old to participate. Get them excited about sharing not only their own accomplishments, but those of the entire Extension program within your county and/or Extension unit.
Registration items are already posted to the 4-H Contacts Portal, including the link to the registration site. The Illinois 4-H website page (http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/leadership_sfi4h.cfm) is almost ready - the download materials are ready, but the link to the registration site is not updated yet. (Had a glitch this morning; hopefully it will be ready to go by Thursday!)
Speaking for Illinois 4-H is designed, sponsored, and taught by members of the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team -- Teens teaching teens! Get your teens involved now and you'll have help throughout the rest of the program year!