4-H Club Leader
Starting with the club or group, volunteers make everything happen. Club volunteers provide overall leadership to club or group organization, overseeing the structure and operation and serving as the club’s contact with Extension staff and other 4-H volunteers. Project and activity volunteers help members plan and conduct projects and group activities.
Club volunteers help with tasks that take place repeatedly throughout the year and with tasks that can be completed in a short time period. There are roles working directly with 4-H’ers and others that support the club behind the scenes. The most successful clubs encourage each member’s family to take on volunteer roles, each contributing what it can in a unique way.
Help 4-H club members grow and reach their fullest potential by supporting them to conduct meaningful, educational experiences. Inform and encourage members, parents and other volunteers to actively participate in appropriate 4-H opportunities that lead youth to become:
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Develop a caring relationship with members.
- Become an advisor, guide, and mentor.
- Take time to listen and visit casually with each young person.
Create a safe environment for members.
- Help youth feel welcome and safe from physical or emotional harm.
- Encourage participation and welcome the ideas of youth and parents.
- Ensure adequate supervision at all club functions
Provide opportunities for youth to feel capable and experience success, developing self-confidence
- Help youth find resources to explore projects and activities.
- Provide meaningful learning experiences.
- Model and teach that failure or frustration is part of learning experience.
- Be fair and consistent in enforcing rules and giving feedback.
Provide opportunities for youth to value and practice service to others.
- Encourage youth to consider the feelings of others.
- Encourage youth mentoring each other.
- Allow youth to choose their service projects based on what is important to them and their community.
Provide opportunities for youth to make decisions.
- Provide opportunities for youth to feel they have impact over their lives.
- Allow youth to make decisions about how the club functions and its activities.
- Engage members in creating a yearly club activity calendar.
- If club members choose to have officers, help the officers learn their responsibilities, how to run meetings, develop committees and plan and conduct activities.
Create an inclusive environment.
- Involve members in developing club programs, project work, community service, social events, and participation in county, district, and state 4-H events.
- Serve as a primary communication link between the office/county 4-H professional and the club.
- Help members with enrollment.
- Follow-up with members who miss meetings.
- Continually provide feedback to members. Give them advice and praise.
- Have members provide feedback to you. Ask members how you can help them even more than you are now.
Keep up-to-date and trained.
- Read 4-H newsletters and literature from the Extension office and keep members, parents, and other advisors informed.
- Be aware of 4-H projects available, help members select projects, and encourage parents to support their child’s project work.
- Participate in new volunteer training.
- Participate in once a year required volunteer trainings.
- Sincere interest in the safety and well being of youth.
- Ability to teach and motivate youth while nurturing self-esteem, decision-making skills, responsibility, and leadership in youth.
- Successfully pass through Child Protection and Safety Policy screening process.
- Ability to organize information and materials and delegate responsibility.
- Ability to work and communicate effectively both verbally and written.
- Ability to motivate parents and other volunteers to assume leadership positions.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision from professional staff.
- Interest in working with other volunteers and professional staff in an educational setting.
- Willingness to follow the philosophy, policies, and procedures of Iowa State University Extension & Outreach 4-H program.
- Extension agrees to provide orientation and training that will help the volunteer meet the needs of members, leaders, and parents.
- Provide appropriate educational materials.
- Offer professional assistance.
- Provide appropriate recognition and awards.
- County Extension Council following successful application and screening process
Responsible to and receives counsel and guidance from
- County 4-H Staff
- 4-H Youth Program Specialist
Length of Commitment
- 1-2 years
4-H Club Meeting Outline (.doc)