What does it take to be a 4-H or 4-H Clover Kids club leader?
Leader Time Involvement:
At least six hours of program/meeting time with Clover Kids per year (Sept.—May or June)
Prep time for meetings can be 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the activity or project
Required volunteer training (see below)
Plan and facilitate age-appropriate activities for K-3 grade children with minimal supervision from professional staff
Promote learning, interest and participation in the program for members and parents
Communicate with 4-H staff as well as Clover Kid families about monthly meetings, county events, payment of fees and enrollment through 4HOnline, etc.
Comply with all aspects of Iowa State University’s Child Protection and Safety Policy and Iowa State University’s mandate to be non-discriminatory
Satisfaction of helping children develop skills that will help them throughout their lives
Opportunities for continuous personal growth
Appreciation from youth and parents who love the program!
New Volunteer Training. To be completed within 1 year of becoming a new leader. Consists of 3 hours of face-to-face training in addition to 1 hour of pre-work.
Yearly State Required Training. Training that strengthens one’s positive youth development knowledge and skills. New topic each year. Normally 2 hours in length.
County Specific Training. Held in early fall to give leaders the tools to have a great 4-H year.
What volunteer opportunities are there with Dallas County 4-H aside from being a club leader?
Are you talented in photography, woodworking, cooking, technology or any other skill you'd be willing to share? We're always looking for people to host a learning workshop for our 4-H members! We also have opportunities to volunteer during the county fair. Contact us for more information: (515) 993-4281 or email@example.com.
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Choosing to be a Clover Kid leader is a fantastic volunteer opportunity! The kids are so much fun! In this age group, there is such a variety of things you can do and they are so eager to learn new things. You can do just about anything! I think I learn just as much as them sometimes... There is excellent support through the ISU Extension Office and always the resources you need to succeed with your group. --- Shelby Greenslade, Clover Kid club ler
When you see the eyes light up as members discover they have achieved something they didn’t think they could do; when one member takes what he or she has learned, begins to teach a younger member; when you can see the growth in a shy member who entered the club three years ago and today is able to get up in front of people to explain something or take on a leadership role and mentor other members, you can begin to understand why it is such a joy of being a local 4-H leader.” --- Lorna Grow, Sugar Grove Sunshine 4-H Club