Competent, caring adult volunteers are an Essential Element of the Iowa 4-H program. Volunteers contribute their time and talents to 4-H and in return 4-H has the responsibility to provide them with the positive youth development knowledge and skills they need to effectively work with youth. Leaders who participated in the training told us:
- Learned from presenters and also from experience of other members
- Being able to connect with others
- Became more aware of situations I hadn't though of before - gained a new perspective of things
- Good interaction and wonderful ideas and suggestions from other leaders
Annual Leader Training
2019-2020: 4-H Prepares Youth for the Future
Volunteers who are club, project, or Clover Kid leaders, SESS leaders or assistant leaders attend an annual training that strengthens their positive youth development knowledge and skills. Training occurs in each county and is designated as the annual training module.
This year, leaders will consider ways they can help youth refine skills that will prepare them for the future while identifying ways to help youth explore, learn, practice, and experience possible careers. In addition, leaders will leave with tools and resources to support their work preparing youth for the future! Resources from the training are posted on the Volunteer Resources webpage.
The online version of 4-H Prepares Youth for the Future will be available via 4H Online around January 1. Contact your county youth coordinator if you need assistance accessing the online version of the annual leader training.
Training for New Volunteers
County based volunteer orientation and training is crucial to volunteers being successful in their “home” counties. Each county has unique aspects of the 4-H program that volunteers need to learn. County Extension staff, Youth Committee members, experienced volunteers, and the regional youth program specialist form the county team who are the essential frontline trainers and mentors for new volunteers. This county based team builds the relationships and support systems which make volunteers successful.
Regional new volunteer training is designed for new 4-H volunteers committing to a long term experience working with 4-H youth as club, project, Clover Kid leaders and assistants. Volunteers committing to these roles are required to attend a regional new volunteer training within the first 12 months of being screened and approved as a 4-H volunteer.
The blended learning training is designed to give new volunteers a better working knowledge of positive youth development, the Iowa 4-H Equation, and tools that will help them be more confident and capable in their roles working with youth. The training will be delivered in two components. The first includes four online training modules that help create a baseline for 4-H volunteers. It is followed by a regional, three hour face-to-face training that will allow volunteers to apply some of their learning. AmeriCorps members are welcome to attend! Sign up for a training today via the individual registration links below.
Upcoming Training dates and locations for New Volunteer Training for the 2020-2021 include:
August 29, Urbandale, 9:00am-12:00pm (max 10 participants)
October 5, West Des Moines, 5:30-8:30pm (max 15 participants)
Risk Management Training for Volunteers
Helping maintain a safe environment for members, families, volunteers, and staff is a priority for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Volunteers are required to participate in Risk Management Training. All new volunteers will participate in an online Risk Management training module via 4-H Online. To access additional risk management resources, visit the 4-H Risk Management webpage.
4-H Judges Training
Individuals interested in becoming a 4-H exhibit judge and current judges who would like a refresher or expand their areas of judging, should attend a regional judges training. Information for upcoming judges trainings and online resources can be found via Judges Training.
Online Resources for Volunteers
Volunteers can acquire support materials through their county extension office, on the 4-H website or other online resources. View a list of current online resources for Club/Project and Clover Kids volunteers.