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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.

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         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

Creating a welcoming 4-H environment: Engaging, encouraging, and respectful

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.

Creating welcoming environments video link

The 4-H learning environment

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.

Learning environment video link

4-H project leaders: Where the action starts

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 responsibility.

4-H Project leaders video link

Managing 4-H clubs: A guide for club leaders

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.

Managing clubs video link

County Financial Practices

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.


4-H chaperone policies: A guide for 4-H adult chaperones

Roles, expectations and best practices when chaperoning young people on trips, retreats and at events.


Ensuring a safe 4-H environment

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.

Youth taking part in different  activities: club meeting, hang gliding, using a circular saw, riding bumber cars.

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