Closing: Volunteer Wisdom
Over the years seasoned volunteers have told us that success depends on a volunteer's ability to:
- Motivate young people. Youth vote with their feet. If they don't enjoy what they are doing, they will simply stop attending 4-H events.
- Build on existing knowledge and skills. If you lack skills in a particular project area, it does not mean that you cannot be successful - it just may take more time to prepare for your project meetings. Learning with youth can be rewarding and effective.
You can reinforce what you know about the Missouri 4-H program and youth development by exploring the online Volunteer Orientation optional resources and looking through the state Missouri 4-H website http://4h.missouri.edu/. You can also visit, call or stop by your local Extension center for more helpful information and assistance.
- Be prepared. Read the county 4-H newsletter each month to learn about important dates, deadlines for events and activities and helpful tips. Make sure you have needed equipment and materials.
- Invite others to help. Do not try to do too much or do it all alone. The best way to recruit a parent helper with an activity is to ask in person.
- Get started! All of us expect to do something when we volunteer; however, we all know it is easy to put things off. So, don't wait! Go out there and get started making a positive difference in the lives of youth.
In Missouri 4-H, we believe building youth is more important than building a project. The learning and development that takes place is more important than the final product.
Your commitment to serve as a trained and recognized 4-H volunteer is the heart of the Missouri 4-H program. All of the 4-H Center for Youth Development faculty and staff thank you for helping us build stronger youth.
Continue reading for credits, optional resources and a Congratulations Message with Feedback Form instructions!!
Thank you to all the individuals who made this online 4-H Volunteer Orientation possible:
4-H volunteer pilot sites, including these 4-H faculty and their volunteer and mentoring groups:
ET@MO Instructors and Staff
Optional Closing Remarks/Volunteer Training Opportunities Resources
Feel free to explore the optional resources below.
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The entire collection of Optional Resources is also available on the menu to your left.
1. 4-H Web Links
National and general interest 4-H web sites including National 4-H Council, National 4-H Headquarters and the 4-H mall.
2. Missouri 4-H Foundation
The Foundation secures and manages financial resources to enhance and expand the Missouri 4-H program.
3. Missouri 4-H Volunteer Resources
Giving time and commitment directly from the heart! Resources and information for Missouri 4-H volunteers.
International agricultural company and partial sponsor of Missouri 4-H Volunteer Orientation trainings conducted in the fall of 2007.
5. North Central Region Volunteer Forum
Regional yearly event for 4-H volunteers
6. Online Leader Training for 4-H Volunteers: A Case Study (Journal of Extension, 2005)
Congratulations! You are ready to take the online Feedback Form/Quiz!
If you are not a Missouri 4-H volunteer, please do NOT take the Feedback Form/Quiz.
Find the instructions and link to the online form at Required Feedback Form.
If you have any questions or problems taking the feedback form, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to provide your full name, email address and/or phone number. Thank you.