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
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.
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.
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.