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Adult Volunteer Opportunities in 4-H

Become a 4-H Volunteer!

If you are not yet an adult volunteer but are willing to share your time and talents to make a difference, 4-H needs you! The first step to becoming an adult 4-H volunteer is to complete the volunteer application process, plus the "Safety of Minors" training. 

Current Volunteers Must Re-Enroll for 2017-2018 the 4-H year!

Starting this fall, your enrollment as a 4-H volunteer will last for three years. This great news is worth repeating: Instead of having to re-enroll every single year, your enrollment as a 4-H volunteer will extend for a full three years. Hooray!

To begin the three year enrollment, each volunteer will receive a message from your regional office in early September about next steps. The re-enrollment period to continue in your volunteer role will be Sept. 16 - Oct. 31.

A three-year enrollment does not commit you to volunteering for three years, and you will still work with staff to determine your volunteer roles. However, we want to make it easier for you to get to your important work with 4-H members.  Thank you for all you do to empower youth with the skills they need to lead for lifetime!

Detailed information about online re-enrollment is available on the MN State 4-H website.  Youth, their parents and adult volunteers, as part of re-enrolling, will all be agreeing to the Minnesota 4-H code of conduct, which is available for review in it's entirety, along with other policy and authorization statements.

New online volunteer training module: "Ensuring a safe 4-H environment"

Ensuring that learning environments are safe for young people and adults is part of the foundation of a high quality youth development program.  A new online training module, "Ensuring a safe 4-H environment," is now available for Minnesota 4-H volunteers to learn and apply this crucial aspect to their own work with youth.

This training is geared toward club organizational leadership, project leaders, activity leaders, and chaperones.  It focuses on physical and emotional safety, the identification of potential risks in learning environments, and planning for and dealing with emergencies.  These are very serious topics, but rest assured that the training is highly interactive and enjoyable too!

The training module length is approximately 30 minutes and can be accessed by volunteers through 4HOnline any time—day or night.  Detailed information on how to access this information is available.  Like our other Minnesota 4-H volunteer online modules, 4HOnline will also automatically track participation when the survey is completed.  

Note that this module is different from the "Safety of Minors" training that was required of volunteers this summer.  While "Ensuring a safe 4-H environment" is not required, it is deemed "necessary" for facilitating learning experiences with youth in the above volunteer contexts.  Check out this training today!

 

Contacts

Kimberly Ferguson
Program Support Secretary
(763) 324-3499
fergu029@umn.edu
Anna Gilbertson
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(763) 324-3497
annag@umn.edu
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