Competent, caring adult volunteers are an Essential Element of the Iowa 4-H program. Volunteers contribute their time and talents to 4-H and in return 4-H has the responsibility to provide them with the positive youth development knowledge and skills they need to effectively work with youth.
“My intimidation of working with youth was eliminated. I realized I had knowledge to give about things I never considered before.”
~ 4-H volunteer
The link for new volunteer training is in the red box at the bottom right.
Annual Training for Volunteers
Volunteers who are club, project, or Clover Kid lead or assistant lead volunteers are required to attend an annual training that strengthens their positive youth development knowledge and skills. Training occurs in each county and is designated as the annual training module.
Volunteers: watch your county website or county newsletter for information about one of these upcoming trainings for 2013-2014.
Video about e-Forum
Monday, November 18, 2013: You’ve Got 4-H Parents! Now What?? (how to engage parental support for your program)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013: Engaging Teens and Older Youth
Tuesday, January 14, 2014: Using Technology to Enhance Your 4-H Experience
Monday, February 3, 2014: Exploring the Science of 4-H Projects
Training for New Volunteers
County based volunteer orientation and training is crucial to volunteers being successful in their “home” counties. Each county has some unique aspects of the 4-H program that volunteers need to learn about. County Extension staff, Youth Committee members, experienced volunteers, and the regional youth program specialist form the county team who are the essential frontline trainers and mentors for new volunteers. This county based team builds the relationships and support systems which will make volunteers successful.
Regional new volunteer training is designed for new 4-H volunteers committing to a long term experience working with 4-H youth as club, project, Clover Kids – both leaders and assistants. Volunteers committing to these roles are required to attend a multi-region new volunteer training within the first 12 months of being screened and approved as a 4-H volunteer.
The 6 hour training is designed to give new volunteers a better working knowledge of positive youth development, the Iowa 4-H Equation, and tools that will help them be more confident and capable in their roles working with youth. The training includes breakout sessions for Clover Kid volunteers and club/project volunteers. Volunteers who attend receive a notebook of positive youth development resources and information. AmeriCorps members are welcome to attend!
Training dates and locations for New Volunteer Training for 2013-2014 Club Year are posted below. Link to registration form click HERE. Note: Region 1 is offering two full training on two different dates. Region 5 is splitting their training into two trainings that are three hours each on two different dates. Starting times for all training vary.
Oct 12 Region 4 REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR THIS LOCATION
Oct 19 Region 13 Altoona, Polk Co. Extension Office 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Oct 26 Region 14 Oskaloosa, Mahaska Co. Extension Office 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Oct 26 Region 19 RESCHEDULED - date to be determined
Nov 2 Region 17 Carson Community Center 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Nov 2 Region 15 Williamsburg, Iowa Co. Extension Office 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Nov 26 Region 5 RESCHEDULED Sioux City, Midtown Family Comm. Ctr, Part 1, 5 - 8 p.m.
Nov 9 Region 9 Waterloo, Hawkeye Community College 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Nov 16 Region 7 Ft. Dodge, Webster Co. Extension Office 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dec 7 Region 16 CANCELLED: please register for Cedar Rapids. Davenport, Scott Co.
Dec 7 Region 10 Cedar Rapids, Linn Co. Extension Office 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dec 7 Region 12 CANCELLED: Carroll, Carroll Co. watch for rescheduled date
Dec 10 Region 6 Pocahontas, Pocahontas Co. Ext. 305 N Main, Part 1, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Jan 18 Region 18W REGISTRATION CLOSED
Jan 23 Region 6 WEATHER reschedule: Storm Lake, BV Co. Part 1, 6-9 pm
Jan 25 Region 2 Algona, Kossuth Co. Extension Office 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Feb 1 Reg 18E19W Osceola, Clarke County Fairgrounds 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Feb 1 Region 8 Nevada, Story Co. Extension Office 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Feb 8 Region 11 Dubuque, Dubuque Co. Extension Office 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Feb 11 Region 6 Storm Lake, Buena Vista Co., AEA Office, Part 2, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Feb 22 Region 3 CANCELLED Cerro Gordo Co.
Feb 27 Region 19 Bloomfield, Davis Co. Ext. Office, Part 1 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
March 1 Region 20 Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co. Extension Office 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
March 18 Region 5 Le Mars, Plymouth Co. Ext. Office, REPEAT Part 1 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
March 12 Region 19 Bloomfield, Davis Co. Ext. Office, Part 2, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
March 29 Region 16 Davenport, Scott Co. Ext. Office, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
April 1 Region 5 Sioux City, Woodbury Co. Extension Office, Part 2, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
April 5 Region 1 Sheldon, NW IA Community College 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Risk Management Training
Helping maintain a safe environment for members, families, volunteers, and staff is a priority for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Volunteers are required to participate in Risk Management Training. The training is offered either through a face to face training in each county or online. Go to Risk Management Training to access the training webpage for additional information.
Winter 2013 Experiential Learning: Do-Reflect-Apply!
“Learn By Doing” is an integral part of 4-H, but there is more to Experiential Learning than just “doing”. Supportive, caring volunteers help youth move beyond the “doing” to reflect on and apply the learning experience to similar or different situations. By practicing and utilizing the Experiential Learning model, volunteers are able to help youth look back at their experience critically, determine what was useful or important to remember, and apply the new information to real life situations.
Volunteers and staff work together to make sure Experiential Learning is included in 4-H programming – whether it is a club meeting, a camping trip, an afterschool program, a Clover Kids program, a project workshop, or any other fun, learning experience designed for and with 4-H youth.
At the Winter/Spring face to face 2013 training, volunteers will learn the basic principles of the Experiential Learning model, participate in a fun hands-on learning experience they can replicate in their clubs or groups, and practice the reflect and apply questions that help youth learn from their experiences. Volunteers will receive a set of colorful cards on a keychain that contain questions that can be used in the Experiential Learning model as well as Inquiry. Check with your county office for training dates!
Experiential Learning training handouts to use in your club
Experiential Learning model
Float or Sink data table
Break out ideas
Build Your Best Boat - use this experiment in your club!
More about sinking, floating, boats, and ships!
Alternative Online Training - Winter/Spring 2013
The face to face training for the Experiential Learning module is very hands on and involves water. Since water and computers don't generally mix - the online version of the Experiential Learning module is quite different from the face to face training. The interactive online learning modules provide the basics for volunteers and staff to increase their knowledge and skills to target learning outcomes, provide reflection on that learning and integrate the application of it into all activities.
Begin your training by printing out the Experiential Learning model, the Learning Guide and the Evaluation. Watch all three modules linked below and answer the questions in the Learning Guide handout. Complete the training by answering the questions in the evaluation. Return both the Learning Guide and the Evaluation form to your County Extension office to get credit for completing your training and to pick up your Experiential Learning model keyring!
Experiential Learning model
Watch all three videos and answer the questions in the Learning Guide. Each video takes between 10 - 15 minutes. Note: when you get to the welcome page of each video and it says "Click on the option you prefer" please click on the box that says "No" and below says "No thanks! I just want to get started." You will be asked to type in your state and email.
Module 1 Learning & Doing
Module 2 A Question of Curiosity
Module 3 Making Learning Stick