|2/6/2013 10:09:00 AM|
4-H House at U of I opens up to non 4-H members
Sorority built on affordable, cooperative living now open to more leaders
Urbana, Ill. — When 4-H House was established at the University of Illinois 78 years ago, the founders created an affordable place for young women leaders to grow and develop skills for the real world. Today, the house still operates under the same principles and now even more women can take advantage of this unique experience.
Due to a recent by-law amendment, 4-H House changed its requirements to allow young women with 3 years of experience in a broad range of leadership activities to apply and live in the house. 4-H House will host its next interviewing weekend on March 9-10 for interested women.
“We’re broadening the scope of great women to join our sisterhood,” says Laura Child, a junior at the University of Illinois and Interviewing Chair for 4-H House. “Teamwork is a big part of our house and we’re ready to share that with women who bring diverse leadership skills to the table.”
4-H House operates as a cooperative, meaning its members share in the work needed to make the house function: cooking, cleaning and general maintenance. The shared work reduces house expenses, making 4-H House an affordable option compared to dorms or other student housing. In fact, 4-H House currently saves members 64 percent compared to dorm living.
“We have a strong focus on scholarship and well-balanced college life, which adds up," says Childs. “The relationships we build are life-long, and our strong network of alums and reputation for competent, on-the-job leadership skills make 4-H House a good addition to a resume.”
High-school seniors, current University of Illinois students and Parkland Pathway students are encouraged to apply to live at 4-H House. For more information, visit 4HHouse.com or contact Laura Child at 217-344-4784.
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