Become a Linn County Extension 4-H Volunteer

What do David Letterman, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Nettle (with the group Sugar Land), Herschel Walker, Reggie White, and NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson all have in common?  A caring 4-H volunteer leader. 

4-H is the only University research based youth development program.  4-H is for all youth in grades K-12 – no matter where you live.  Thanks to volunteers, Iowa 4-H’ers receive hands on learning opportunities in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math), Health Living, Art and Communication and Leadership and Citizenship – offered in a variety of ways.  4-H offers monthly club meetings, after school programs, special interest programs and camps.

Volunteering for Linn County Extension and Outreach can provide you with a wide variety of opportunities to encourage, educate and empower youth.  We need volunteers who are willing to share creative ideas, time, talents, and skills to support youth.  Help us empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.  Each of us plays a critical role in developing safe, nurturing, and supportive learning environments for youth to strengthen their assets and capacities in order to reach their full potential.

Our goal is to provide positive youth development learning experiences; hands-on learning experiences and healthy relationships between young people and adults. We focus on providing learning experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

We invite you to join us in that goal! Give Time. Guide Youth. Get Involved.  Complete this Volunteer Interest Form to get started and email it to: atorbert@iastate.edu or mail it to Linn County Extension, 383 Collins Road NE Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. What new and challenging volunteer role would you like to create and how can we support you?  Please share your ideas with us.  Contact Ann Torbert, atorbert@iastate.edu or 319-377-9839.

Volunteers guide youth/4-H members in becoming productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders, and successful learners. But just as important as what volunteers give is what they get back! In a recent survey, Iowa volunteers shared that:

“My volunteer experience has helped me both professionally and with my family. I seem to look at kids in a different light and try to encourage all to be the best that they can be.”

“I feel a great sense of excitement and pride when youth accomplish something they never thought they could do. It is wonderful to see kids work through a project and feel proud of what they can do. This keeps me volunteering in school and church, as well as the 4-H program. I believe youth can be encouraged to do great things.”

If you are a current volunteer – thanks for all you do!  And if you’re thinking about volunteering, we invite you to experience the satisfaction that comes from empowering youth to reach their full potential!

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