Volunteer Resources for SPIN Clubs
Michigan 4-H is here to guide and support 4-H SPIN club volunteers. Here are a few resources to help get you started!
- SPIN club planning worksheet. This resource is helpful as you start your role as a volunteer and plan out the details for your 6-8 club meetings.
- SPIN club record of finances.This document is helpful when tracking expenses and income related to your club.
- SPIN club inventory record. This file will allow you to more easily track club owned items, their location, age and when discarded.
- SPIN club evaluation. In order to better understand and evaluate the 4-H SPIN club model, we ask each volunteer to distribute an evaluation to club members at the conclusion of the experience. Work with your 4-H program coordinator to obtain copies of the evaluation; he or she will also submit them to the Michigan 4-H office on your behalf. In addition, volunteers will be asked to complete an evaluation as well, as the feedback of our volunteers is also greatly appreciated
Useful curricula for SPIN clubs
The following curricula may be useful to SPIN club volunteers:
- Michigan 4-H Heads In Hearts In: A Delivery Approach to Family Enrichment Programming
- MSU Extension Literacy Resources (family book sheets, literacy tip sheets, reading resources, etc.)
- Michigan 4-H Science Blast Activities
- Michigan 4-H Science Blast in the Class (teacher guide and lesson plans)
- Michigan 4-H Teaching Science When You Don’t Know Diddly-Squat (Iitroduction and activities)
- Michigan 4-H Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science Activities for Young Minds
- Michigan 4-H Animal Science Anywhere
- 4-H National Youth Science Day
- National 4-H Curriculum
- California 4-H - STEM or Healthy Living
- Ohio 4-H
- Utah 4-H Discover curriculum
Ages and Stages of Development
If you’re new to volunteering, the following resources from Virginia Cooperative Extension, adapted from the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension, will help you understand the various age groups served by 4-H.
- SPIN Quick Guide to Ages 9 - 11
- SPIN Quick Guide to Ages 12 - 14
- SPIN Quick Guide to Ages 15 - 16
- SPIN Quick Guide to Ages 17 - 18
Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development
If you’re new to volunteering, the following resources from Virginia Cooperative Extension, adapted from the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension, will help you understand the essential elements to positive youth development (PYD), a key aspect of Michigan 4-H.
- SPIN Volunteer Quick Guide to PYD
- SPIN Quick Guide to Generosity
- SPIN Quick Guide to Belonging
- SPIN Quick Guide to Mastery
- SPIN Quick Guide to Independence