Volunteer Training

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. Leaders who participated in the training told us:

Learned from presenters and also from experience of other members
Being able to connect with others
Became more aware of situations I hadn't though of before - gained a new perspective of things
Good interaction and wonderful ideas and suggestions from other leaders


2015 - 2016 Annual Training: Find the Heart of 4-H!

Volunteers who are club, project, or Clover Kid leaders, SESS leaders or assistant leaders 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.
This year leaders will be invited to participate in the 2015 North Central Region Volunteer e-forum and connect with the best as leaders discover resources to be caring adults, opportunities to incorporate citizenship and helping youth develop their leadership skills.
Volunteers: watch your county website or county newsletter for information about  upcoming training for 2015-2016.
4-H volunteers will learn about creating an inclusive club environment as they work with club members, Clover kids or Shooting Sports members.
The HEART of Belonging
Learn how to guide youth in developing a list of club or group expectations that accommodates all members, to support youth with special needs, and discover resources to help you in your role as a caring adult. Leave with activities that will help you foster positive behavior, belonging, and inclusion in your club!
Thursday, October 8, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Citizenship is the foundation of the 4-H program and leaders will learn about incorporating citizenship for Clover Kids activities, club members in community or special interest groups.
The HEART of Community
Volunteers in this session will be prepared to help youth find their voices as they become actively engaged in their communities. The session will include resources and models to incorporate mastery, belonging, generosity, and independence as you include citizenship activities in 4-H settings. 
Thursday, November 5, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Learn how you can work with youth of all ages and start encouraging leadership skill development.
Encouraging the HEART of Leadership
Young people do not magically become leaders at age 13! Leadership is nurtured from their first 4-H experience. You’ll receive tools to help inspire youth of all ages to discover and develop independence and mastery.
December 3, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
December 8, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Training for New Volunteers

County based volunteer orientation and training is crucial to volunteers being successful in their “home” counties. Each county has unique aspects of the 4-H program that volunteers need to learn. 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 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 Kid leaders and assistants. Volunteers committing to these roles are required to attend a regional 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 2015-2016 Club Year are posted below as each Region identifies dates and locations. Link to registration form HERE. Starting times for all training vary.
Sept. 20 Region 16             Clinton County Extension Office, DeWitt 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct. 10    Region 13            Polk County Extension Office, Altoona 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Oct. 17    Region 9              Black Hawk County 9:30 am - 3:30 pm- CANCELED (will be rescheduled)
Oct. 24    Region 1              Northwest Iowa C.C. Building H Room 519, Sheldon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Nov. 2      Region 5              Midtown Family Community Center, Sioux City, Part 1 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Nov. 7      Region 15            Johnson County Extension Office, Iowa City 9:00am – 3:00 pm
Nov. 7      Region 2              Palo Alto County Extension Office, Emmetsburg 9:00am – 3:00 pm- CANCELED
Nov. 7      Region 7              Webster County Extension Office, Fort Dodge 9:00am – 3:30 pm- CANCELED
Nov. 14    Region 10            Linn County Extension Office, Cedar Rapids, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nov. 14    Region 17/18      Carson Community Center, Carson, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dec. 12   Region 20            Lee County Extension Office, Donnellson 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Jan. 9      Region 4              Dair Center, NICC Campus, Calmar 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Jan. 19    Region 13            Polk County Extension, Altoona, Part 1 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jan. 23    Region 3              Cerro Gordo County Extension Office, Mason City 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Jan. 26    Region  13           Polk County Extension, Altoona, Part 2 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
Jan. 30    Region 13            Winterset, Madison County Extension 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Feb. 6      Region 11            Jackson County Extension Office, Maquoketa 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Feb. 13    Region 8              Story County Extension Office, Nevada 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Feb. 25    Region 19            Davis County Extension Office, Bloomfield, Part 1 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb. 27    Region 14            Mahaska County Extension Office, Oskaloosa, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
March 3   Region 19            Davis County Extension Office, Bloomfield, Part 2 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
March 12  Region 18/19     Clarke County Fairgrounds Event Center, Osceola 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Risk Management Training for new volunteers

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.

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