4-H Science Leadership Academy Torey Earle
12 Tips to Successful 4-H Science Content Rich Volunteers
Determine Areas of Interest
As with any other 4-H Project or Program, you can go outand recruit the best volunteers in the world, but if there is not a youth interest in thatparticular area, tho
se volunteers will be discouraged when they don’t have anyone show up
Look for Science Rich Volunteers With That Interest
Once you have determined thereis an interest in a particular 4-H Science related project, seek out a person with that same
interest. You wouldn’t recruit an individual to lead a 4
-H Livestock Club who is afraid of
animals! Similarly, you shouldn’t look for someone to work with a 4
-H Rocketry Club whohas no interest in building and flying model rockets. Also, let them know their base of knowledge is why you are interested in talking with them about this opportunity.3.
Ask Them if They Would Be Interested in Sharing Their Knowledge of the Subject WithYouth
Many times, STEM minded individuals are hesitant about sharing their ideas withyouth for various reasons. They may have a plethora of knowledge on a subject but are onlycomfortable sharing or conversing with their peers. They may see youth as too immature tohandle concepts. They may just not like to be around youth. These are things you will needto find out up front rather than after you have spent the time and resources to bring them into
the program. This doesn’t mean you
cannot incorporate this particular volunteer; it justmeans they may be better as a resource rather than someone who works directly with youth.4.
Provide the Potential Volunteer With Information on What Resources Will Be Available
If you think you have a volunteer, be prepared when you approach them. I don’t mean take
every project book or manual you have at your disposal and bombard them with everythingthere is to offer. Simply have some samples of available curriculum and resources. If theyask for more, have it available. Also, let them know what you will provide to them and whatthey will be expected to supply.5.
Provide the Potential Volunteer with a Position Description
This may be combined withstep four if you wish. Position descriptions are designed to help the volunteer know and havea record of expectations from you as a Youth Development professional. The properlydeveloped position description also allows the volunteer to know what they can expect
you in support and resources.