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Caring adults do make great leaders

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By The Staff

If you enjoy working with young people, volunteering as a 4-H club leader may be an exciting and fulfilling experience for you.

In 4-H, caring, enthusiastic adults are always needed to assist young people in achieving their goals.

Club leaders can positively impact a 4-H’ers life. It is very rewarding for them to watch young people build self-confidence and self-worth and develop new interests as they accomplish goals in various projects and activities.

Club leaders can either organize a community club or a project club.

Community clubs include members who are enrolled in a variety of projects and live in a specific geographical area.        

Project clubs focus on an individual project area, with topics such as livestock, horse, country ham and shooting sports.

No previous leadership experience or knowledge is needed, but leaders of project clubs need to have an interest in their subject.  Many of our club leaders are parents of young people in the group, but it is not a requirement for club leaders.

In addition to wanting help youth, club leaders should have good organizational and communication skills.

They must make at least a one-year commitment to the group and its members. Most clubs meet at least once a month, but some may meet more frequently, depending on the time of year and the project.

Meeting times are determined by the 4-H youth development agent and the club leader. Meeting locations vary depending on the topic of the club and the leader’s meeting preference.

If you are interested, pick up a club leader application from Bullitt County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

Once the applications are received, each candidate is interviewed by the county’s 4-H youth development agent. Those selected as club leaders are given a list of duties and responsibilities from the 4-H agent.

Adult volunteers are always welcome in 4-H and can serve in different capacities, one of which is a club leader.  For more information on becoming a club leader or other volunteer opportunities in 4-H, contact the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service at 543-2257.      

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Editor’s Note: Jeff Young will assume a district director’s position with the UK Extension Service. Jeff served 18 years as the local 4-H extension agent.