Volunteers attend training to be 4-H club leaders
Thirteen volunteers participated in training on Saturday, March 1, at the Henry County Extension Office to become club leaders with the Iowa 4-H Program. There were volunteers from Des Moines, Henry, Louisa, and Washington counties. Washington County is happy to welcome Whitney Gibbs and Cody Schneider to its official leader list for the 2014-15 year after this training.
The training was a six-hour program that focused on positive youth development. Participants learned characteristics of the 4-H eight essential elements of a caring adult, safe environment, inclusive setting, and providing opportunities for mastery, service, self-determination, planning for the future and engaged learning. The training was split to focus on fourth- through 12th-grade 4-H clubs and kindergarten through third-grade Clover Kids groups. Leaders of 4-H clubs also learned about planning club meetings, helping youth set goals and best practices through a panel with current volunteers. Clover Kids leaders also learned about planning age-appropriate lessons, curricula available and behavioral management.
For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Iowa 4-H program, please contact your local Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Office.