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Contact your District 4-H Program Specialist to host an e-Forum or for the location of the e-Forum closest to you.

Attention Site Facilitators -  Registration is now open for the training on September 20 from 1-2:30 pmYou must be registered if hosting an e-Forum. Please visit to register and learn more.

  • If you don’t yet have a profile on the site, you can create one, then log in to register.
  • Click on the “Volunteer Development” tab and select “4-H Volunteer e-Forum” from the list of options.
  • Once on the e-Forum page, you’ll find a “Facilitator Logistics Guide” which will help you to learn more about hosting an e-Forum and includes a description for each session.
  • Links to register for each of the three sessions are also on this webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions (click)

The National 4-H Volunteer e-forum will incorporate the knowledge, experiences and resources of the national 4-H system to offer consistent, in depth, relevant training for 4-H Volunteers across the country.

The primary audience for the e-Forum is 4-H Volunteers who serve in a variety of roles such as club organizational leaders, project/subject leaders, committee members, and advisory boards. Youth volunteers are also welcome to attend the e-Forum programs. A secondary audience is 4-H Extension Professionals.

Three e-Forum sessions will be held the fall of 2017. Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. (Central time) and will conclude by 7:30 p.m. It is recommended that each site invite participants to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the session.

Introduction/Rationale/Justification – a national e‐Forum will assist in the following ways:

  • States with shrinking resources will participate and tap into expertise of other states.
  • Best practices and models to effectively deliver volunteer training will be utilized.
  • The need for individual states to “reinvent the wheel” will be reduced.
  • Accessible to many more volunteers and many more will benefit.

Outcomes for Volunteers

4‐H Volunteers will implement the best practices of positive youth development, enhancing their ability to interact effectively with youth.

  1. Volunteers will recognize and understand that they are an important part of the bigger picture within the national 4‐H program.
  2. Volunteers will network with and learn from peers, in face‐to‐face and virtual environments.
  3. Volunteers will participate in a national training which requires a minimal cost and time commitment.
  4. Volunteers will gain new knowledge and have access to resources (e.g, recorded webinars, fact sheets, lesson plans, etc.).

Outcomes for the National 4‐H System

The national 4‐H system will develop a better‐trained corps of volunteers, thus enhancing the experience of 4‐H members throughout the country.

  1. The 4‐H system will utilize appropriate technology to engage a wide range of volunteers.
  2. The 4‐H system will collaborate to bring resources and expertise to deliver a cost effective and impactful national 4‐H volunteer training.
  3. The 4‐H system will enhance existing volunteer training experiences.
  4. The 4‐H system will offer uniform training opportunities to 4‐H Volunteers across the country.
  5. The 4‐H system will provide the mechanism by which ongoing, durable resources will be made accessible to 4‐H Volunteers.

2017 Topics and Schedule

October 5, 2017 – 6:00-7:30 PM (CT) - Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders

Creating an environment where 4-H members feel safe as they grow and develop leadership skills means having volunteers who understand the basics of positive youth development. This session will feature ideas and activities that help foster life skill development by focusing on strategies for more effective club interactions. Participants will learn about the Essential Elements of 4-H and the 5 C’s of positive youth development, so join us to set the stage for more successful club meetings!

November 2, 2017 – 6:00-7:30 PM (CT) - “STEM”ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders

Build on the roots of 4-H as we STEM our way into agriculture and animal science for experienced and new 4-H’ers. Gain resources to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) leaders through traditional animal sciences project areas in communities. Volunteers will gain ideas for planning and organizing fun, educational sessions for youth.

December 7, 2017 – 6:00-7:30 PM (CT) - Helping 4-H’ers Grow in Life & Work

In 4-H, all youth can explore their future. Club meetings, events, camps, and after-school programs are places to develop life skills and expand their interests through 4-H. During this session volunteers will share ideas, receive resources, and see a variety of successful programs that help youth focus on lifelong learning, workforce readiness, and career exploration. Caring adults can help all young people make decisions and create their own positive future.

Resources for National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum - The following items are available for your convenience.

To access resources create a account if you do not have one.  Logged in, look on the dashboard to the right, near "My Profile" for "4-H VOLUNTEER E-FORUM."  Click to login.

General Resources

  • Goals and Purpose
  • Web Banner (graphic)
  • FAQ
  • e-Forum Action Plan
  • 4-H Volunteer e-Forum (PPT)

Marketing Resources

  • 4-H Volunteer e-Forum (Prezi)
  • Save the Date card - 5.5 x 5.25 (CT = Central Time
  • Save the Date flyer - 8.5 x 11 (CT = Central Time)