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Volunteer development

Volunteers make it possible for young people to become involved in youth programming by providing leadership and mentorship. Learn ways to implement and evaluate volunteer development in your youth program.

Reports & journal articles

Participant Comfort with and Application of Inquiry-Based Learning: Results from 4-H Volunteer Training

Produced by Extension: Heidi Haugen, Anne Stevenson and Rebecca Meyer
This article explores how a one-time training designed to support learning transfer affected 4-H volunteers' comfort levels with the training content and how comfort levels, in turn, affected the volunteers' application of tools and techniques learned during the training. 2016.

4-H Volunteer Online Training Evaluation

Produced by Extension: Shipi Kankane
This formative evaluation was commissioned by the statewide volunteer systems team to understand the value of recent investments by the Extension Center for Youth Development to design and implement a “suite” of online training modules for volunteers. The evaluation was designed to gather information about how volunteers who completed the modules perceive their OTM experience, their opinions about the usefulness of OTM, and the value that they received. 2014.

Development Strategies for Online Volunteer Training Modules: A Team Approach

Produced by Extension: Kari Robideau and Eric Vogel
Volunteers are central to the delivery of 4-H programs, and providing quality, relevant training is key to volunteer success. Online, asynchronous modules are an enhancement to a training delivery menu for adult volunteers, providing consistent, accessible options traditionally delivered primarily face to face. This article describes how Minnesota 4-H focuses on a team approach to the intentional instructional design process used to develop interactive and engaging asynchronous training modules for adult volunteers. The roles and responsibilities of the team members are described along with how this method expedites module development, increases quality, and minimizes costs. 2014.

North Central Region 4-H Volunteers: Documenting Their Contributions and Volunteer Development

Produced by Extension: Pamela Larson Nippolt, Sue Pleskac, Vicki Schwartz, Doug Swanson
Documenting volunteer contributions strengthens Extension partnerships with volunteers. A team of North Central Region 4-H volunteer specialists collaborated to conduct a study of 4-H volunteer contributions and impacts related to working with youth within the 4-H program. Over three thousand (3,332) 4-H volunteers from throughout the 12-state North Central Region completed the survey. Volunteers are critical partners to the success of 4-H, making it possible for millions of young people to have access to 4-H programs. 2012.
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