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.
The HEART of Community
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.
View the online recorded training via this webpage.
Encouraging the HEART of Leadership
Learn how you can work with youth of all ages and start encouraging leadership skill development.

View the online recorded training via this webpage.

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 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 have concluded.

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 here to access the online training (user log-in required. For help with log in, click here). 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.

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