Positive Youth Development Resources

Chaperone Policies and Procedures

Description: This training module covers roles, expectations and best practices when chaperoning young people on trips, retreats and at events.

Link to training  or contact Becky Harrington

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: 35 minutes

Authors: Kia Harries, Carrie Olson, Deb Hadley, 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

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

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

Additonal Resources

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: 90 minutes

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

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: 30 minutes

Authors: Heidi Haugen and Eric Vogel

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Essential Elements to Positive Youth Development Online Training

Description: The training is designed for adult volunteers and youth leaders. The modules are 7-10 minutes in length. All four modules can be completed in 30 – 45 minutes. There is a brief introduction and summary. Following each module is a short feedback survey. Volunteers and youth leaders who take the online modules will have an opportunity to:

• Learn about each element in relation to different age youth from kindergarten to high school.

• Consider how what you can develop life skills in youth

• Build on what you know to foster the growth of these elements in young people

Link to training or contact Kandi O’Neil

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: 30-45 minutes

Authors: Ellen Andrews, Green County 4-H Youth Development Educator Jason Hausler, Dunn County 4-H Youth Development Educator Jill Jorgensen, Kewaunee County 4-H Youth Development Educator Kayla Oberstadt, Winnebago County 4-H Youth Development Educator Kandi O’Neil, Associate State Program Director/Volunteer Leadership Specialist Melinda Pollen, Brown County 4-H Youth Development Educator Amber Rehberg, Wisconsin 4-H Educational Program Specialist Linda Robson, Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator Meg Sage, Sauk County 4-H Youth Development Educator Jennifer Swensen, Adams County 4-H Youth Development Educator Dawn VandeVoort, Door County 4-H Youth Development Educator Marie Witzel, Dodge County 4-H Youth Development Educator Educational Design Consultant: Eric Vogel, with support from Monica Lobenstein, Interim Curriculum & Instructional Design Specialist Contributing Author: MaryBeth Wohlrabe, Outagamie County 4-H Youth and Family Development Coordinator Narrators: Kaylee Coel, Brown County 4-H Alumni Frank Ginther, Pierce County 4-H Youth Development Educator Eva Terry, Milwaukee County 4-H SySTEMatics Coordinator Lukas Wymer, Green County 4-H Intern Photography: National 4-H Council, www.4-H.org Briget Nusbaum, Green County 4-H Volunteer Dodge County 4-H Leaders

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Indiana  4-H Youth Development Council Handbook

Description: Basics of operating an effective 4-H Youth Development Council (county governing body for 4-H program). Includes sections on organizational overview, structure, functions, and key people. Training materials for virtual or face-to-face instruction are provided.

Link to Handbook or contact Steve McKinley

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Length of training: approximately 4 hours

Authors: Steve McKinley, Indiana 4-H Volunteer Development Committee

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4-H Learning Environment

Description: This training covers non-formal learning environments, the experiential learning model, age-appropriate learning experiences, how to effectively guide learning, and how to recognize the elements of high-quality youth development experiences.

Link to training or contact Becky Harrington

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: 30 minutes

Authors: Anne Stevenson, Rebecca Harrington, Kari Robideau, Brenda Shafer

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4-H Project Leaders…Where the Action Starts

Description: 4-H offers young people a large menu of projects, and for our members, projects are the most important part of 4-H. Members plan them, carry them out, and look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in various ways for the community. This training will address the knowledge, skills and resources volunteers need to be successful in their project leader roles.

Link to training or contact Becky Harrington

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: 30 minutes

Authors: Becky Harrington, Anne Stevenson, Brenda Shafer, Kari Robideau, Joe Courneya

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The Heart of Community

Description: This e-Forum session provides methods for volunteers and youth to collectively engage in positive contributions to their home community

 Link to Part 1 and Part 2 of training or contact Caty JohnstonPat McGlaughlin, or Rachelle Vettern

Additional Resources

View Training Handouts in Google Drive

Length of training: approximately 77 minutes

Authors: Cathy Johnston, University of Nebraska Pat McGlaughlin, University of Illinois Rachelle Vettern, North Dakota State University

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