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
Annual Statewide Training
2016-2017: Youth Engagement Strengthens 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 learn more about engaging youth in intentional, meaningful ways. By creating opportunities for youth to make decisions, take on responsibilities, and contribute to improving outcomes for themselves and others, 4-H volunteers are providing opportunities for youth to build mastery in decision making skills as well as reinforce their work towards independence.
Youth Engagement Strengthens 4-H training objectives:
- Volunteers will gain an understanding of the importance of youth involvement.
- Volunteers will identify strategies that support positive youth adult partnerships.
- Volunteers will gather resources to aid in the engagement of youth.
- Volunteers will practice how to empower youth of all ages to make 4-H more engaging
Please read the first two articles and take the inventory before attending your county's training.
Youth as Partners
Building Vibrant Youth Groups
Please click the Inventory of Adult Attitudes and Behaviors below to access the online version of the inventory. Upon completion of the inventory, you will be provided three scores. Please bring your scores with you to the face-to-face training.
Inventory of Adult Attitudes and Behaviors
Online Training for Volunteers
We do offer some training opportunities online that volunteers can easily access anytime and as often as they would like from home.. These online training options help volunteers build their volunteer skills and knowledge when it is most convenient for them. To access our online training course, follow the information below.
- Click on this link Iowa State University Extension Courses to be taken to the online training course page.
- Under “Available Courses” (in the center column), click on the link for the course you want to take.
- After you click on the course, the login page appears where you will have two choices: a login if you already have an account (If you participated in a 4-H Volunteer online training previously, you do.) or an opportunity to create an account.
- If you need help with account log-in, want to know the computer requirements, or need assistance, click here for more information.
Some of our current online training options include The Heart of Belonging, Club Vibrancy, Experiential Learning, Parnet Involvement and more.
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 blended learning 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 will be delivered in two components. The first includes four online training modules that help create a baseline for 4-H volunteers. It is followed by a regional, three hour face-to-face training that will allow volunteers to apply some of their learning. AmeriCorps members are welcome to attend!
Training dates and locations for New Volunteer Training for the 2016-2017 include:
October 10: Des Moines- Eastview Community Center, 6pm-9pm
October 17: Waverly- 4-H Building, Bremer County Fairgrounds, 6:30pm-9:30pm
October 22: Fairfield- Jefferson County Extension Office, 9am-noon
October 22: Spencer- Clay County Extension Office, 9am-noon
October 22: Carson- Carson Community Center, 9:30am-12:30pm (specific to Clover Kids)
October 27: Muscatinve- Muscatine County Extension Office, 6pm-9pm
November 1: Marshalltown- Marshall County Extension Office, 5:30pm-8:30pm
November 9: Iowa City- Johnson County Extension Office, 6pm-9pm
November 14: Garner- Garner Education Center, 6pm-9pm
November 19: Osceola- Clarke Fairgrounds Event Center, 9am-noon
November 19: Cedar Rapids- Linn County Extension Office, 9am-noon
November 19: Fort Dodge- Webster County Extension Office, 9am-noon
December 1: Dubuque- Dubuque County Extension Office, 6pm-9pm
December 1: Waterloo- Black Hawk County Extension Office, 6pm-9pm
December 3: Monticello- Jones County Extension Office, 9am-noon
December 5: Maquoketa- Jackson County Extension Office, 6pm-9pm
Decmber 10: Bettendorf- Scott County Extension Office, 9:30am-12:30pm
January 7: Calmar- Dairy Center, 9am-noon
January 18: Red Oak- Fairgrounds Auditorium, 6pm-9pm
January 19: Sac City- Sac County Extension Office, 6pm-9pm
January 21: Nevada- Story County Extension Office, 9am-noon
January 21: Mason City- Cerro Gordo County Extension Office, 9:30am-12:30pm
January 26: Iowa Falls- Hardin County Extension Office, 6:00pm-9:00pm
February 6: Sioux City- Woodbury County Extension Office, 6pm-9pm
February 25: Corydon- Wayne County Extension Office, 9am-noon
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. All new volunteers will participate in an online Risk Management training module via 4-H Online. To access additional risk managment resources, visit the 4-H Risk Management webpage.
Online Resources for volunteers
Volunteers can aquire lots of support materials through their county extension office, on the 4-H website, or other online resources.
A list of current online resources for Club/Project and Clover Kids volunteers is available here.