4-H VOLUNTEER CLUB LEADER ROLE DESCRIPTION
POSITION TITLE: 4-H Volunteer Club Leader
TERM OF RESPONSIBILITY: 1 year minimum, but leaders are encouraged to serve for several consecutive years.
TIME COMMITMENT: Average of one hour of planning time for every one hour of club activity (a typical club meeting lasts between 1 to 2 hours). Two hours bi-annually to attend leaders meetings or additional training opportunities. Additional time may be committed at the discretion of the individual.
PURPOSE: To provide overall 4-H club leadership. This includes coordinating members, parents and involving other leaders. The 4-H club leader communicates with other volunteers, county 4-H staff, club members and 4-H members’ parents and families to maintain smooth operation of the club. Support youth, volunteers and county 4-H staff members in conducting meaningful, educational experiences to help youth grow and reach their fullest potential. 4-H club leaders can be an individual, a team or a group of people that have specific roles that fulfill the 4-H club leader responsibilities.
1) Commit to young people and their growth in all areas.
- Be dedicated to youth and be sensitive to their abilities and needs.
- Help members gain life skills such as decision making, problem solving, self-responsibility, accountability, communication, goal setting, citizenship, caring relationships, leadership, healthy lifestyle choices and career exploration skills in project work.
- Encourage youth to learn and experiment with new ideas, techniques and skills.
- Provide feedback to members, letting them know when they are doing a good job and advising them when they need to improve. Praise youth for the progress they make.
- Inform and encourage members, parents and other volunteers to actively participate in 4-H opportunities.
2) Provide a safe environment for all youth.
- Follow all guidelines and policies of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the North Carolina 4-H and the Moore County 4-H program.
3) Coordinate project activities (meetings, work sessions, demonstrations, educational tours).
- Attend club meetings and activities. If unable to attend, make arrangements for another approved 4-H volunteer to oversee activities.
- Recruit new members, including underserved youth, when the club has openings.
- Guide the club in setting goals, planning and carrying out activities.
- Read 4-H newsletters and information from the Moore County Cooperative Extension office and share with members, parents and other volunteers.
- Inform members and parents of project requirements and deadlines.
- Welcome parents’ ideas, activity and project assistance, cooperation, support and attendance at 4-H activities.
4) Work closely with the county Cooperative Extension staff.
- Communicate with staff regarding learning activities and materials, problems and participation in county, area, state and national events.
- Collect enrollment and other information needed by Cooperative Extension office and adhere to deadlines.
- Keep county 4-H staff member informed of club activities.
- Participate in two or more volunteer development opportunities each year.
- Submit year-end reports, including financial, to the Cooperative Extension office by the deadline.
- Sincere interest in working with youth and adults in the community.
- Ability to communicate with youth and adults.
- Ability to resolve conflict positively and constructively.
- Ability to organize, plan, delegate responsibility and carry out assignments.
- Available time to carry out the club leader role.
- Willingness to seek out resources and information.
- Be a positive role model for youth.
- Motivate and foster positive self esteem, decision making, problem solving, responsibility, leadership, career exploration and other life skills in youth.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE: Cooperative Extension provides leader training and subject matter training upon request.
REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must meet the following requirements before participating as a 4-H club leader: complete and return the NC 4-H Volunteer Application, 4-H Volunteer Agreement and Standards of Behavior, 4-H Club Leader Position Description and Agreement, complete and pass a background check, and attend a new leader orientation.
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 19
- Orientation or Training