Experiential Learning: Do – Reflect – Apply!
On April 27th, 6:00p.m., at Bills Pizza and Smokehouse 4-H volunteers will gather to learn how to put the Experiential Learning Model to work in their clubs through a fun, hands on activity. “Learn By Doing” is an integral part of 4-H. But there is more to Experiential Learning than just “doing”. Supportive, caring adults 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.
This experience is part of Iowa State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development training for volunteers in Buchanan County. In Buchanan County we are fortunate to have so many caring and involved volunteers. Our volunteers help with things from supervising 4-H clubs to helping at our and surrounding county fairs.
Statewide training prepares 4-H volunteers who work with young people in non-formal educational settings to be more effective in promoting positive youth development through the 4-H experience. Effective volunteers provide the experiences and positive relationships that enable 4-H youth to become productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders, and successful learners now and in the future.
Buchan County Extension and Outreach along with Buchanan County 4-H is always looking for more volunteers to help influence today’s youth. Volunteers are not required to commit to a set number of hours. We can work with you to find a volunteer position that best fits your interest, even if that means not working directly with the youth. So if you are looking to volunteer one hour or one day a month we have something for you. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering free time please contact the Buchanan County Extension Office for more information (319) 334-7161.
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