Volunteer Management – Orientation
The process of orienting volunteers to the expectations of the 4-H youth development program and their volunteer role. This includes new volunteer training and support.
Staff Development Tools:
- Wisconsin Youth Protection and Volunteer Orientation Materials and Resources This site includes a variety of resources and tools for staff development and volunteer training. It was developed by Wisconsin.
Volunteer Training Materials:
- Illinois 4-H Overnight Chaperone Orientation This site is a self study unit for volunteers serving in overnight chaperone roles for 4-H members. At the completion of the quizzes, the volunteers may print out a certificate and the local Extension office and the State 4-H Office receive notification of completion. This site was developed by Illinois and is part of the University of Illinois Extension web site.
- Illinois Volunteer Orientation Online Course All new volunteers are encouraged to complete this session on line. They are also encouraged to make an appointment to visit their local Extension office to meet the staff, tour the facilities, receive a glossary and role description related to the role they hope to fulfill. The course was developed by Illinois.
- Indiana New 4-H Volunteer Orientation Are you a new 4-H Volunteer? This series of six modules provides you with a basic overview of the 4-H Program. Included are video lessons, files with the lesson plans included, and a written quiz to test your knowledge on each module. Experienced volunteers are welcome to explore these modules too!
- Indiana 4-H Mentor ManualThe Mentor Manual provides an overview of the 4-H program and positive youth development philosophy. Included are reflection questions that allows this to be used as an interactive training tool in person or virtually. This can serve as an effective orientation resource for new volunteers and a good refresher for more experienced volunteers.
- Iowa Volunteer Orientation Videos – Orientation is an important part of new volunteer onboarding. These videos give an overview of the Iowa 4-H program and can also be used with prospective new volunteers.
- Iowa New Volunteers Orientation and Training – There are two resources to support orientation for new volunteers over 90 days. The staff guide to county orientation and training serves as a guide for staff as they work with the volunteer on the volunteer orientation and training checklist.
- Michigan Volunteer Handbook Volunteer Handbook This MS Word format publication is designed as a customizable template for Michigan 4-H county staff to fill in their local information and share with volunteers. Included are answers to many frequently asked questions about the 4-H program policies, procedures, volunteer and staff roles, club structures, recognition, events and programs, resources and more. (Staff: fill in highlighted areas of the publication with your local information. The cover art can be customized to indicate your county location.)
- Minnesota 4-H Volunteer Orientation – online or print document. Orientation is part of the volunteer screening process in Minnesota and an excellent introduction to 4-H for new and prospective volunteers. Participants will learn how volunteers fit into the larger picture of 4-H and the University of Minnesota, and review our philosophy, policies and procedures. From this site the orientation can viewed via online video, print document, or podcast.
Resources From Outside the North Central Region: