Youth Leadership 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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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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Encouraging the Heart of Leadership

Description: Young people do not magically become leaders at age 13. Leadership is nurtured from their first 4-H experience. Young people share stories of how adults encouraged the heart of leadership in them. Volunteers in this session will receive tools to help inspire youth of all ages to discover and develop independence and mastery.

Link to training or contact Becky Harrington

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Materials/Supplies: • 6 craft sticks per participant • Assorted fine-point markers (enough for each participant to have at least one) • 8.5” x 11” blank paper for each participant (1 sheet per person) • Pens or pencils for optional welcome activity; training handouts

Length of training: 90 minutes

Authors: Becky Harrington, Jill Jorgensen, Kandi O’Neil, Brenda Shafer

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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.

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Contact Becky HarringtonRachelle Vettern, or Kandi O’Neil

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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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: around 4 hours for full training; individual sections can each be completed in approximately 15 minutes

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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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