Online volunteer training from home!
Our volunteers can easily access the training and support they need to make a difference in the lives of Minnesota youth. This series of dynamic, interactive 30-minute online training modules will help volunteers build their volunteer skills and knowledge from home.
- Log into 4HOnline and look for "Trainings" on your personal profile page.
- If you're new to 4HOnline, or for detailed instructions, check out this user guide (PDF)
- These trainings are only available to screened adult volunteers; click here to learn more about becoming a 4-H volunteer
- Scroll down to learn more about the available trainings
Creating a welcoming 4-H environment: Engaging, encouraging, and respectful
The 4-H learning environment
4-H project leaders: Where the action starts
Managing 4-H clubs: A guide for club leaders
County financial practices
4-H chaperone policies: A guide for 4-H adult chaperones
Online course offerings
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.
When young people join a 4-H program they join for fun - but learning is the result. They learn about life skills, communications, problem solving and decision making through their projects and activities. What they learn through 4-H will help them in future careers and relationships.
4-H has a large range of projects - and for members, projects can be the most important part of 4-H. 4-H’ers plan their projects, and once they're complete, share their learning and accomplishments in various ways in their community. But a project is just a way of learning independence, generosity, mastery and belonging. 4-H volunteers guide young people in this process. That’s an important duty.
Club leaders have a very important role. You are a mentor, a motivator for young people, an organizer and coordinator with other adults in your club, and a liaison with the larger 4-H organization in your area. Extension staff designed this module to help with some of the typical management issues in 4-H clubs and bring all these pieces together to build an environment where young people thrive and grow.
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 Coordinator/Director.
Roles, expectations and best practices when chaperoning young people on trips, retreats and at events.
Physical and emotional safety is part of a high-quality youth development 4-H program. There is good research that shows what makes some youth programs better than others, and we in Minnesota 4-H apply this research to our program. In order for youth to have a quality experience, 4-H volunteers must first ensure that young people feel safe and supported.
4-H clubs often wish they had more members. What is often overlooked, is keeping the members they already have. Keeping youth in 4-H doesn't just happen. Youth programs that actively engage members in meaningful ways keep them coming back. If they're not engaged, they may find that their time is better spent elsewhere.