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Welcome to Leadership Resources for Volunteers and Youth Leaders

This site provides resources, tools and guides to support Volunteer Leaders, Youth Leaders and 4-H Club Officers.

Resources for New Volunteer Leaders

4-H Club Officer and Youth Leader Training Resources

Youth Leaders and Officers provide direction and leadership to 4-H Clubs, Groups and Committees. Youth in leadership roles gain belonging, mastery, independence and generosity, the Four Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development.  They gain life skills of decision making, problem solving, responsibility, teamwork, leading groups, conflict resolution and many more.

pdf iconClub Officer Leadership Opportunities (2 pages, 48 KB) One of the requirements of a 4-H Club is to have youth involvement in leadership and decision-making.  Club officer roles are an excellent opportunity for youth leadership development.  This document provides descriptions of common officer positions that can guide youth leaders and be incorporated into 4-H Club or Committee bylaws or operating guidelines. Thanks to Penny Tank, 4-H Youth Development Advisor for this resource adaptation.

pdf iconInstallation of 4-H Club Officers Tool (3 pages, 43 KB) The installation of officers is a formal celebration and recognition of leadership for the new youth officers who will lead the 4-H Club in the coming year. It communicates belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.  This tool provides an idea for a formal installation event for youth officers. Thanks to Linda Lueder, 4-H Youth Development Program Assistant, for resource adaptation.

Youth Leader and Officer Training

  • Youth Leaders and Officers - Club Officers are a special leadership opportunity. The following publications are important training materials.
  • Southern District Leadership Team - SDLT began in 1999. Its purpose is to bring Wisconsin 4-H youth in grades 8-12 from across the Southern District together to provide opportunities for older members to identify 4-H needs in the district and practice leadership skills. Through SDLT, with support from a team of 4-H agent advisors, youth identified issues and needs common to most counties in the district. The 4-H members participating in SDLT then developed the following teaching materials related to the needs identified. The teaching plans have been successfully used by youth and adult presenters in a variety of workshop sessions.
    • Adobe Acrobat Document President (21 pages, 160 KB) 4-H Club presidents will gain skills, knowledge and insights to use as they assume this leadership role.
    • Adobe Acrobat Document Vice President (21 pages, 77 KB) 4-H Club vice presidents will gain skills, knowledge and insights to use as they assume this leadership role.
    • Adobe Acrobat Document Secretary (17 pages, 244 KB) 4-H Club secretaries will gain skills, knowledge and insights to use as they assume this leadership role.
    • Adobe Acrobat Document Treasurer (29 pages, 516 KB) 4-H Club treasurers will gain skills, knowledge and insights to use as they assume this leadership role.
    • Adobe Acrobat Document Reporter (6 pages, 269 KB) 4-H Club reporters will gain skills, knowledge and insights to use as they assume this leadership role.
    • Adobe Acrobat Document 4-H Action Center Instructions and Ideas (33 pages, 604 KB) 4-H Club members will learn the elements needed for successful action demonstrations and ideas to create an educational and fun Action Center at their local community event or county fair.
    • Adobe Acrobat Document Junior Leader (42 pages, 963 KB) 4-H Club members assuming junior project leader roles will gain skills, knowledge and insights to assist them in their position.
    • Adobe Acrobat Document Quick and Easy Guide to Parliamentary Procedure (17 pages, 531 KB) 4-H Club members will learn and practice the basics of parliamentary procedure that will lead to fun and effective club meetings.
    • Adobe Acrobat Document Team Building Activities (25 pages, 238 KB) 4-H Club members will learn and practice team building using the variety of activities in this guide.

Other Youth Leadership Training Resources

    PowerPoint Officer Training Challenge (54 slides, 327 KB) - The PowerPoint is an interactive game that can be used in Officer Training or part of a 4-H club meeting. It teaches the roles and responsibilities of officers that provide leadership to the 4-H club.