Sue Brooker and Toni Fusinatto are the new 4-H and Youth Development Program coordinators for the University of Illinois Extension in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties.
Brooker will work in the Bureau County Extension office located in Princeton. Fusinatto will work in the LaSalle County office located in Ottawa. The 4-H and Youth Development Program coordinators work to provide program support and volunteer oversight to the 4-H program in their respective counties.
Brooker is excited to begin her work in the 4-H program. She said, “4-H is a wonderful opportunity for the children in our communities to have a sense of belonging, increase independence, learn to value and practice providing service to others and engage in learning activities. The 4-H program has a wide range of projects and SPIN Clubs (special interest clubs) that I am excited to promote. I look forward to working with all the youth, families and volunteers in Bureau County to make a great program even stronger.”
Fusinatto is looking forward to sharing her skills with the 4-H program. She said, “Having more than 10 years experience in youth development programs, I am excited to expand the educational and innovative 4-H programs to reach youth who have not had opportunity to experience such positive programs. More than ever, our youth are in need of programs that provide the life skills necessary to build a sense of belonging, a level of independence and opportunity to see oneself as an active participant of their community presently and in the future while valuing the practice of serving others.”
To join a 4-H program near you, visit your local University of Illinois Extension office at 850 Thompson St., Princeton or by calling 815-875-2878.