4-H volunteers, otherwise known as 4-H Leaders, make up the backbone of the 4-H Youth Development program, and without them 4-H would not exist. The Taylor County 4-H only has one paid position, the 4-H Youth Development Educator or 4-H Agent. This individual depends greatly on volunteers to help form clubs, chaperone and hold activities and events, help youth with projects, and keep the 4-H Youth Development program going. Any time and effort from our volunteers is greatly appreciated.
Leaders are very important to 4-H, they help with questions, share their skills, and help us remember what 4-H is all about. Without our leaders we would not be able to have a successful 4-H Youth Development program. There are different types of leaders and ways to be involved in the 4-H Youth Development program.
Types of 4-H Leaders
- Organizational/General Leader: oversees club leadership, coordinates members, parents, and other leaders and serves as a liaison between the club and the county extension office.
- Project Leader: guides and supports 4-H members in project learning experiences (ex. Photography leader, horse and pony leader, foods and nutrition leader, etc…). For more information please see I’m a Project Leader, Now What Do I Do? (.pdf)
- Youth Leader: older youth who have taken on leadership roles in specific projects or the Youth Leader’s Organization. See more information about the Youth Leadership Organization Project.
- 4-H Ambassadors: Serve as ambassadors for the county 4-H program, planning special activities and events, and serving for public relations. Taylor County 4H Ambassador Program Application
- Club Project and/or Activity Leaders: These leaders work with a small group of 4-H members in a specific project or activity.
- Club Organizational Leaders and Co-Leaders: These leaders have the organizational duties in the local club. Duties include assisting teen leaders and club officers, enrollment, records, etc.
- Club Leaders
- Club leaders play an important role in the 4-H Youth Development program. For detailed information and references for club leaders please see the 4-H Leader Resource and Guide Book (.pdf).
- Leader References
- 4-H Leader Resource and Guide Book (.pdf)
- Designing 4-H Project Experiences: Setting Project Goals (.pdf)
- Welcoming New Member and Families (.pdf)
- New Member Reference Guide (.pdf)
- Creating a Welcoming Environment (.pdf)
- Handling Club Money (.pdf)
- Club Financial Records (excel)
- Financial Accountability (.pdf)
- Tips on Completing the Annual Financial Report
- Sample Club Financial Report
- 4-H Meeting Guide and Planner (.pdf)
- Quick and Easy Guide to Parliamentary Procedure (.pdf)
- Effective 4-H Club Feedback Form (.pdf)
- Club Activity Planning Sheet (.pdf)
- Wisconsin 4-H Community Clubs
- Ages and Stages of Youth Development
- 12 Tips for Adults and Chaperones Working With Youth
- Risk Management Checklist for Planning Events