4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Club Leader- MECKLENBURG COUNTY ONLY
Mecklenburg County 4-H
4-H offers many short-term educational programs that generally meet after school or in the evenings, or during the day when school isn't in session. A wide range of topics are offered, depending on the volunteers available, and their skills. Examples are: public speaking, sewing, woodworking, horticulture, electricity, and quilting, beekeeping, robotics and more.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Special Interest Instructors prepare the materials and lead classes. For many topics, 4-H has leaders' guides, with prepared lesson plans, and members manuals available. Volunteers determine the number of participants and establish the age limits for their class. Most classes are offered to children in one of three age groups: 5-8, 9-12, or 13-18.
- Plan an overview of the skills to be taught.
- Plan learning activities to teach targeted skills.
- Direct and guide youth as needed to help youth learn the skills necessary to achieve mastery of the topic.
- Provide a sense of belonging to the youth by creating a welcoming environment.
- Allow for independence and give youth opportunities for leadership roles in the club.
- Promote a feeling of generosity by demonstrating appropriate behavior towards others.
- Along with the youth, plan and promote an event to showcase the skills and knowledge learned through participating in the special interest club.
- Promote additional 4-H experiences available to 4-H SPIN club members.
- Complete an evaluation form for feedback.
- Keep youth safe and develop a risk management plan for activities, if appropriate.
TIME COMMITMENT: The time commitment varies depending on the topic. Often, special interest groups meet for a minimum of 6 sessions, 1-2 hours per week.
About Mecklenburg County 4-H
1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204, US
Mecklenburg County 4-H Youth Development mobilizes and unites the resources of North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University with local partners to educate and enable youth to build foundations for life. We enrich urban communities through caring relationships and community partnerships.
4-H is an informal education program for young people ages 5-18, supported through the cooperation of federal, state, and local governments. We are the largest out-of-school youth program in North Carolina and the United States. Through a variety of learning experiences and project work, youth develop skills that will enable them to be competent, coping, caring, and contributing members of society. No matter what the subject matter, young people are ultimately practicing life skills such as: decision-making, problem-solving, relating to others, planning and organization, record-keeping, communication, leadership, dealing with change, and self-discipline. 4-H is a hands-on learning program with a variety of activities in community 4-H clubs, camps, county-wide events, special interest (SPIN) clubs, school enrichment, and school-age care settings. The 4-H program is administered by Cooperative Extension and relies on the cooperative efforts of members, parents, families, volunteers, and the community. Cooperative Extension is literally a local extension of the North Carolina's land-grant universities - NC State and NC A&T State.