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Volunteer Engagement: Working Together to Inspire Youth

Friday, February 28, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Morris, University of Maryland Extension 4-H
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Finding ways to engage volunteers in 4-H Youth Development work to support youth is essential to improve and expand opportunities and efforts. This session will provide best practices for communicating and supporting volunteer efforts to serve your program in alignment with the ISOTURE Model of Volunteer Administration. 

Volunteers are essential to 4-H Programs and provide countless hours of support in a variety of roles. They provide positive youth development activities, events and programs and help expand the reach of 4-H as club leaders, camp staff, and in SPIN programs to name a few. These roles may be a natural fit for some individual’s skills and knowledge, but there is no guarantee that all who wish to serve are prepared to do so. Therefore, it is essential to create a solid foundation for volunteers through systematic engagement practices and processes designed to support the mission and goals of 4-H and provide a safe and inclusive environment for all.

4-H faculty and staff have long served as volunteer managers, providing the support, structure and connection to the local 4-H program. Volunteer management, now known as volunteer engagement includes all aspects of working with volunteers, such as:
-Identification- targeting and recruiting individuals that needs the needs of your program.
-Selection-screening and vetting individuals to serve your program.
-Orientation-providing basic training to prepare individuals to serve your program.
-Training-providing initial and ongoing general or specific educational opportunities to support volunteers in their assigned roles.
-Utilization-supporting volunteers to carrying out assigned roles where they can use their unique skills.
-Recognition-rewarding and appreciating volunteers for their contributions.
-Evaluation-reviewing volunteer support and providing feedback to help achieve organization and personal goals.

ISOTURE Model of Volunteer Administration and Development

The Professional Development Committee Volunteerism Working Group has developed a Volunteer Engagement webinar to focus on some of the key aspects of the ISOTURE Model to assist with your volunteer engagement efforts. Although every state and program will have specific resources and guidelines, the information in this session will focus on best practices for supporting and communicating with your volunteers with intentionality toward volunteer selection, orientation and training. Come join us on March 18th at 1:00 pm EST. Check out the calendar and register through the following link: https://nae4ha.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1337362&group= 

National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals
701 Exposition Place, Suite 206 | Raleigh, NC 27615 | T: (919) 232-0112 | E: nae4ha@nae4ha.com