Local Volunteer Attends Training for New 4-H Leaders

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Twenty Adult 4-H volunteers and staff participated in training on Saturday, November 10th at the Carson Community Center in Carson, Iowa. They spent the day learning tools to understand and work successfully with youth as 4-H Club Leaders, Project Leaders and Clover Kid (K-3) Program Leaders with the Iowa 4-H Program. Attending the training from Cass County was Janice Steffen, current Cumberland Clover Kids leader. There were also volunteers in attendance from Fremont, Harrison, Mills and West Pottawattamie County 4-H Programs.

 The training was a six hour program that focused on building positive youth development skills in young people that help them become strong communicators, connected in their community, able to step up in leadership roles in the club and strong decision-making skills.. Participants learned to identify and create the eight essential elements of the 4-H program, including: caring adults, safe environments, inclusive settings, and providing opportunities for mastery, service, self-determination, planning for the future and engaged learning.   The training was split to focus on 4th-12th grade 4-H clubs and K-3rd grade Clover Kids groups.  Leaders of 4-H clubs also learned about planning club meetings, helping youth set goals and best practices for vibrant and active clubs for young people. Clover Kids leaders also learned about planning age-appropriate lessons, curricula available and behavioral management. 

 The training was led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Youth Program Specialists Jane Hayes-Johnk, David Seilstad, and Clover Kids Volunteer Leader, Kim Wise from Avoca.

This training was one of many training scheduled around the state for new and continuting volunteer leaders. For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Iowa 4-H program, or upcoming training events please contact Susan at the Cass County Extension office, or your local Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Office. 

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