A variety of leadership roles are available in 4-H

Volunteers work with members in different ways.

In 4-H, adults may serve as club leaders and organize young people in a group called a 4-H club. 4-H clubs may be as small as five members from two families and as large as 100, or more, members.  These members may come together for a specific area of interest, because they live near each other or are a group of friends.  As a club leader you are responsible for working with families to complete and submit enrollments for all members in the club, arranging for a meeting space, communicating with local 4-H program coordinator, and sharing information with members regarding opportunities in the club, the county and on the state level.

According to Michigan State University Extension, club leaders can be assisted by other volunteer leaders and parents as they carry out activities and events. Parents may choose to become leaders within the club and can serve in the form of a project leader. Project leaders help members explore a specific project and work in cooperation with the club leader to help members. Other parents may be willing to become volunteers to help chaperone trips, events and help as they are needed in the club setting. A 4-H club may have one or more project leaders to assist members.

MSU Extension recommends that club leader’s work with youth to set goals for the club and then develop action plans to achieve these goals. Encouraging parents and helping them understand the purpose of 4-H is also important. The club calendar should be planned out by the youth and club leader to reflect the goals of the club. Project leaders and parents might also take a supportive role in developing this calendar.

Helping with a fun project, assisting with mailings, working at a food stand or running a camp may be intriguing to some volunteers that we call resource, or activity leaders. These volunteers have a specific role in planning or carrying out these events and programs. They may not be connected to a 4-H club, but work with youth, other volunteers and committees to accomplish tasks to support 4-H programs.

4-H also involves volunteers on committees, boards and councils so those who are interested in volunteering for 4-H, but not sure working with the club is exactly what they are looking for, this can be a great way to get started. Community members and professionals may have time and great skills that can benefit the local community where they reside.

To become a 4-H club leader you, contact your local MSU Extension office.

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