Tools for Volunteer Leaders
The success or failure of any club depends largely on how the program is organized. The more care and thought put into a program, the greater the probability of a successful 4-H club.
Any 4-H club meeting should provide a balance of fun, business, and learning. When planning your club activities be sure to:
- Provide a role for each member
- Meet needs of all participants
- Share responsibilities
- Ensure a balanced program
- Provide for good communication
- Provide opportunities to practice planning skills
- Avoid calendar conflicts
Resources for Volunteers
15-20 Minutes should be allotted for the business meetings. Group discussion following basic parliamentary procedure allows for 4-H youth to build their leadership skills.
The program activity is the educational component of the club meeting. Youth are invited to share their project work, invited speakers and tours are all good program ideas. This portion of a club meeting should be limited to 40-50 minutes.
One skill that all 4-H youth and volunteers can benefit from is sharing their 4-H Story. Creating a good elevator speech to tell your story is a good activity to use at the end of every 4-H Year.
Remember to break up activities with fun brain breaks to keep youth engaged, and after a program always thank your volunteers and guest presenters.
Fun is a large part of the 4-H experience. Be sure to allow 15-20 minutes of every club meeting for group building through recreational and social time. Healthy snacks, recreation and fun are an integral part of every club meeting.
The Innovative Program Grants, made possible by the the Arkansas 4-H Foundation and the 4-H Alumni Association, awards counties and clubs up to $200 per year for financial support of 4-H educational or community service projects. Priority is given to projects that teach youth skills and/or provide a service to the their communities.
Applications due to the 4-H State office every APRIL 1st. Please contact your county extension agent for more information.