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.

“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  upcoming training for 2014-2015.

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 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 2014-2015 Club Year are posted below as each Region identifies dates and locations. Link to registration form (not yet available). Starting times for all training vary.


Oct 18       Region 13           Altoona, Polk Co. Extension Office 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oct 21       Region 14           Location TBD, PART 1, 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 23       Region 14           Location TBD, PART 2, 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Nov 15      Region 7             Fort Dodge, Webster Co. Extension Office 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Dec 6        Region 16           Muscatine, Muscatine Co. Ext. Office, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Jan 10      Region 4              Location TBD
Jan 17      Region 10           Monticello, Jones Co. Extension Office 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Feb 7        Region 8             Nevada, Story Co. Extension Office 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Feb 28      Reg 18E/19W    Osceola, Clark Co. Events Center 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
March 7    Reg 20                Burlington, Southeastern Comm. College 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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.

2014 - 2015 Annual Training: The Heart of Belonging!

The Heart of Belonging! is an interactive, hands on training that will help volunteers create a fun, safe, inclusive environment for all youth. “Belonging” is identified as a basic 4-H youth need and supportive, caring adults guide youth in creating an environment that is welcoming and engaging for all.
During this training, 4-H leaders will learn how to guide youth in developing a list of club or group expectations that welcomes and accommodates all youth, will learn how to support youth with special needs, and discover resources to help them in their role as caring adults. In addition, volunteers will learn new activities to take back their clubs and groups to foster positive behavior and belonging.
Watch the space below for resources to view before the training and use after the training.
Learn about Tim's Place! A restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that specializes in Breaksfast, Lunch, and Hugs!  Tim's Place is the only restaurant in the US owned and operated by a man with Down's Syndrome.
Inclusion Activity Plans for Meetings - Wisconsin 4-H
4-H Pledge in American Sign Language (open with Adobe Reader to remove overlay)
Inclusive 4-H - University of Wyoming Extension

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