Club Management Resources

4-H 101 Online

Description: The 4-H 101 Online volunteer training series was contracted by the Navy Child and Youth Programs to provide their workers with necessary training to effectively operate 4-H Clubs on each Naval Installation. Each of the 16 sessions provides basic information about the 4-H Youth Development program, including a quiz.

Link to training (will need to create an account before beginning) or contact Steve McKinley

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: approximately 2.5 hours

Authors: Steve McKinley, 4-H Extension Specialist

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County Financial Practices: A guide for county financial teams

Description: Understanding the policies and procedures in place to protect county Council or Federation 4-H financial resources is vital to protecting those resources and, more importantly, to creating a quality learning experience for the youth treasurer. This module covers those policies and procedures, including the respective roles of the youth treasurer, adult treasurer and program staff.

Link to training or contact Becky Harrington

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Length of training: 30 minutes

Authors: Marcia Woeste, Jan Derdowski, Eric Vogel

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Creating a Welcoming 4-H Environment

Description: Being part of a group, where youth feel welcomed and respected is a priority in 4-H club and group environments. A welcoming environment results in young people who are actively engaged and feel valued. This training covers four parts of a welcoming environment: safety, support, interaction, and engagement.

Link to training or contact Becky Harrington

Length of training: 30 minutes

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Authors: Barb Piehl and Judith Conway

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Engaging Teens/Older 4-H Youth

Description: Attention to making youth programs fun, interesting, welcoming and encouraging to young people in our 4-H Youth Development programs is important but not enough. This session, co-developed and delivered by youth and adult volunteers, will provide insight, tools, and resources volunteers can use to more effectively engage and meet the needs of teen members, a common challenge in youth programs.

Contact Becky HarringtonRachelle Vettern, or Kandi O’Neil

Additional Resources

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Authors: Becky Harrington, University of Minnesota; Kandi O’Neil, University of Wisconsin; Brenda Shafer, University of Minnesota; Rachelle Vettern, North Dakota State University

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Ensuring a Safe 4-H Environment

Description: Ensuring learning environments are safe for young people and adults is very important, and yet many elements crucial to ensuring safety are either overlooked or not tended to. This training covers physical and emotional safety, the identification of potential risk in learning environments, and planning for and dealing with emergencies.

Link to training or contact Becky Harrington

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Length of training: 30 minutes

Authors: Heidi Haugen and Eric Vogel

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Keeping Youth in 4-H

Description: Keeping youth in 4-H doesn’t just happen. Youth programs that actively engage members keep them coming back. This training will cover ways to create a supportive, interactive and engaging environment that retains young people in the 4-H program while volunteers think about strategies to impact their own group setting.

Link to training or contact Becky Harrington

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Length of Training: 30 minutes

Authors: Trish Sheehan, Becky Harrington, Brian McNeill

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Managing 4-H Clubs: A Guide for 4-H Clubs Leaders

Description: Managing and leading a 4-H club or group is an important volunteer role within our organization. This training addresses the role of the 4-H club leader, the 4-H program planning process and how to engage youth and other adults in it.

Link to training or contact Becky Harrington

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: 30 minutes

Authors: Becky Harrington, Trisha Sheehan, Anita Harris

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New and Emerging Curriculum

Description: This e-Forum session contained three parts: Get Connected in Your 4-H World (volunteer resource identification); 4-H Science (STEM curriculum options); and Community Service Learning (involving 4-H members in giving back to their communities)

Link to training or contact Steve McKinley or Rachelle Vettern

Additional Resources

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Length of training: 120 minutes

Authors: Rachelle Vettern, North Dakota State University Dixie Sandborn, Michigan State University Steve McKinley, Purdue University

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New 4-H Volunteer Orientation

Description: The Indiana 4-H New Volunteer Orientation includes six online modules designed to provide new volunteers with the basic information they need to know about the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program. Included with each module is a quiz, providing feedback for the volunteers.

Link to training or contact Steve McKinley

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Length of training: approximately 45 minutes

Authors: University of Minnesota Extension Steve McKinley, Purdue University 4-H Extension Specialist

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4-H Program Management: 2011 NCR Volunteer e-Forum

Description: This session has two topics: Keeping Your Cool While Working with Youth and Reducing the Risks of 4-H Club Meetings. Participants will explore various, useful techniques that can be used when working with youth. They will also identify potential risks, what risks can be managed, and acquire resources for those decisions.

Link to training or contact Pat McGlaughlin

Additional Resources

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Length of training: 110 minutes

Authors: Pat McGlaughlin and Sheri Seibold, University of Illinois Vicki Schwartz and Brenda Young, Ohio State University

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Using Technology to Enhance Your 4-H Experience

Description: Technology can be a great tool to support better communication and learning with 4-H participants. This session will share some easy ways that technology can help 4-H leaders be better connected with youth participants.

Link to training or contact Kari Robideau

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Length of training: 2 hours

Authors: Rod Buchele, KSU; Mark Light, OSU; Molly Frendo, MSU; Kari Robideau, UMN

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You’ve Got Parents! Now What??

Description: This e-Forum session provides recommended practices for effectively involving 4-H parents into the 4-H Program with their children

Link to training or contact Pat McGlaughlin or Steve McKinley

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: 90 minutes

Authors: Pat McGlaughlin, University of Illinois Steve McKinley, Purdue University Mary Jo Williams, University of Missouri

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