Leader Information

Upcoming Events and Information

New Volunteer Training

The New Volunteer Training will take place in two locations and your volunteers may attend either but they will need to register. Any leader in the last 12 – 24 months who has passed their screening but not attended a NVT needs to attend during NVT week in October.
Saturday, October 18 – Altoona, IA - Polk County Extension Office 9 AM – 3PM
Tuesday, October 21 – Pella, IA – Central College Roe Center Rm. 135 from 6:15 – 9:00 pm (Part 1 Overview)
Thursday, October 23 – Pella IA – Central College Roe Center Rm. 135 from 6:15 – 9:00 pm (Part 2 – Clubs/Clover Kids)
There is ample parking available on the west side of the Roe Center which is located at 1104 University ( West 3rd and University) in Pella
Scheduling at the college is an attempt to try a central regional location.
The timing allows a volunteer a few attendance options. He/ she may attend an all day session on Saturday, OR attend the morning session on Saturday and the evening on Thursday, OR attend both evening sessions.
If you can’t make one of these sessions please let us know and we will check into surrounding counties that might be holding another training session.

Club Leader General Information

Starting with the club or group, volunteers make everything happen. Club leaders provide overall leadership to club or group organization, overseeing the structure and operation and serving as the club’s contact with Extension employees and county-unit volunteers. They involve and coordinate activities of other volunteer roles that support the group. Project and activity leaders help members plan and conduct projects and group activities.

Clubs can use help with tasks that take place repeatedly throughout the year and with tasks that can be completed in a short time period. There are jobs working directly with 4-H’ers and others that support the club behind the scenes. The most successful clubs encourage each member’s family to take on volunteer roles, each contributing what it can in a unique way.


Help 4-H club members grow and reach their fullest potential by supporting them to conduct meaningful, educational experiences. Inform and encourage members, parents and other volunteers to actively participate in appropriate 4-H opportunities that offer the best chance for their success.

  • Develop a caring relationship with members.
  • Become an advisor, guide, and mentor.
  • Take time to listen and visit casually with each young person.
  • Create a safe environment for members.
  • Help youth feel welcome and safe from physical or emotional harm.
  • Encourage participation and welcome the ideas of youth and parents.
  • Ensure adequate supervision at all club functions
  • Provide opportunities for youth to feel capable and experience success, developing self-confidence
  • Help youth find resources to explore projects and activities.
  • Provide meaningful learning experiences.
  • Model and teach that failure or frustration is part of learning experience.
  • Be fair and consistent in enforcing rules and giving feedback.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to value and practice service to others.
  • Encourage youth to consider the feelings of others.
  • Encourage youth mentoring each other.
  • Allow youth to choose their service projects based on what is important to them and their community.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to make decisions.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to feel they have impact over their lives.
  • Allow youth to make decisions about how the club functions and its activities.
  • Engage members in creating a yearly club activity calendar.

If you choose to have officers in your club, help them learn their responsibilities and train them to run their meetings, develop committees and plan and conduct activities.

  • Create an inclusive environment.
  • Involve members in developing club programs, project work, community service, social events, and participation in county, district, and state 4-H events.
  • Serve as a primary communication link between the office/county 4-H professional and the club.
  • Follow-up with members who miss meetings.
  • Continually provide feedback to members. Give them advice and praise.
  • Have members provide feedback to you. Ask members how you can help them even more than you are now.
  • Provide club management and communication.
  • Read 4-H newsletters and literature from the Extension office and keep members, parents, and other advisors informed.
  • Be aware of 4-H projects available, help members select projects, and encourage parents to support their child’s project work.
  • Secure club organization materials from the Extension office.
  • Complete enrollment forms and other paperwork as requested by the county Extension office.
  • Participate in volunteer training.
  • Participate in twice a year required volunteer development trainings.
Qualifications/Skills Needed
  • A sincere interest in the safety and well being of youth.
  • The ability to teach and motivate youth while nurturing self-esteem, decision-making skills, responsibility, and leadership in youth.
  • Successfully pass through Child Protection and Safety Policy screening process.
  • The ability to organize information and materials and delegate responsibility.
  • The ability to work and communicate effectively both verbally and written.
  • The ability to motivate parents and other volunteers to assume leadership positions.
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision from professional staff.
  • A sincere interest in working with other volunteers and professional staff in an educational setting.
  • A willingness to become familiar with the philosophy and guidelines of the Iowa State University Extension, Iowa 4-H program, and the county 4-H program.
  • Extension agrees to provide orientation and training that will help the volunteer meet the needs of members, leaders, and parents.
  • Provide appropriate educational materials.
  • Offer professional assistance.
  • Provide appropriate recognition and awards.
Appointed by
  • County Extension Council following successful screening process
Responsible to and receives counsel and guidance from
  • County
  • Youth
  • 4-H Youth Program Specialist
Length of Commitment
  • 1-2 years

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