4-H Youth Development

Parents and Volunteers

Club Management

Club Management

Clubs are so vital because they are the ultimate in experiential learning for young people, giving them the leadership and power to make their own decisions and watch how those decisions effect their life and the lives of others!

On TRAC - simple planning process for local club management.


  • By-laws - By-laws enable members to determine what rules they can all agree with and abide by, and yet allow the members to make changes when the organization grows and changes. These rules ensure stability, continuity and structure especially during times of rapid growth or when there are not many "old" members to tell the new members what to do.



Title IX and Youth Development v.2011

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) proscribes discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Since Cooperative Extension 4-H Programs receive Federal financial assistance for education programs, they must adhere to USDA regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex.

Gender specific competitions and awards are not permissible under Title IX of the Educational Amendments enacted by Congress in 1972.

  • Enrollment Cards - youth and volunteer
  • Cloverbuds - The overall purpose of the 4-H Cloverbuds program is to foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional and physical maturation of Kindergarten through 3rd graders by providing a unique educational opportunity. It is neither the intent nor the objective of the 4-H Cloverbuds program to duplicate the 4-H member experiences that are designed for older youth, nor to create a "mini-4-H" concept.



  • Leadership - Developing leadership skills in the local club occurs through participation, committees, meetings, officers, service learning and more.
  • Citizenship - Developing community servants through Citizenship in the local club - focus on developing service learning programs.



  • Volunteer Development Fact Sheets - variety of tools for understanding the Ages and Stages of Development, Judging, Public Speaking, Learning Styles, Positive Youth Development, Project Work and MORE!

The club at its best creates a society of personalities with a community sense, which is the essence of good citizenship...We are not concerned with the making of 'good club members' or 'well-organized youth groups,' but with a much wider issue, the making of good citizens. This can only be done in a society where each member is important, where each one is given a chance to contribute something to the life of the group - the leader no more and no less than the member. It is for this reason that self-government is so important in club work.
-Josephine Brew

Encouraging Project Work in our Members

Encouraging Project Work in our Members

  • Project Work - The work completed by individual 4-H members
  • Goal Setting
  • Project Group - Small groups of youth focused on one particular project lead by a Project Leader.
  • 4-H Curriculum - 4-H curriculum should always be the first source of information in developing a project. The curriculum has been designed with age appropriate information and focus on the skills and knowledge a member should attain at any one particular stage in their 4-H project work. Youth are encouraged to excel and branch out into other areas through project exploration. If Oklahoma 4-H doesn't have what you need check out other state 4-H websites.

    Fair book - Oklahoma has traditionally recognized the county fair as the end of the project year. The fair is an opportunity for the 4-H’er to exhibit their mastery of skills and knowledge gained from practical application and practice in their project area throughout the 4-H year. A fair project should be special, unique and demonstrate the proficiency of the child's age and development. The fair book is only a resource and should not be the sole guide for project work. The exhibits are only a small number of possible experiences the 4-H member can encounter in their project development.

  • Record Keeping - coming soon


Family Participation

Charter Club

Charter Club

Maintaining Charter

  • Annual Club Self-Assessment Tool Checklist - A club should complete an annual self-assessment.  The county may have a program in place, if they do not use the Checklist and work through it with the club officers.
  • Club Charter Renewal Form - Annually complete by the county office in conjunction with club leadership.
  • Authorization Letter - sample 2014
  • E-Scrapbook - instructions for creating an e-scrapbook
  • Club Funds - Treasurer Guide

Risk Management

Risk Management

Insurance for 4-H activities, events, clubs and members.

Various forms for club management system

Youth Forms

Adult Forms

Risk Management Forms

Great American Revolution

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The Great American Invention

Resources GALORE

Resources GALORE!

4-H: United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 2017

Use of Name and Emblem (2017)

Oklahoma 4-H Club Leader FACEBOOK page - Join now!

Web resources on volunteering and service programming

4-H Today Newsletter - a little bit of everything

Volunteer Development Fact Sheets - variety of tools for understanding the Ages and Stages of Development, Judging, Public Speaking, Learning Styles, Positive Youth Development, Project Work and MORE!

Volunteer Continuing Education

Volunteer Continuing Education

Working with Minors - On-line volunteer training can be taken through 4HOnline beginning the fall of 2017.

Title VII & IX Training - On-line volunteer training can be taken through 4HOnline beginning the fall of 2017.

The Great American Invention

This is 4-H on-line training with 6 individual lessons available through the eXtension Unit 1 core comp

Instructions for becoming an eXtension Campus student:
  • Go to http://campus.extension.org
  • Click on “4H & Youth”
  • Click on “<enter your course name here>” (Oklahoma 4-H: Working With Minors)
  • Create a new account or sign in to your existing account and start the course!


  • Section 1 and 2:  History of Cooperative Extension and History of 4-H
  • Section 3: 4-H Clubs
  • Section 4:  4-H Projects
  • Section 5: Roles and Responsibilities in 4-H
  • Section 6:  County 4-H Programs

Volunteer Development Fact Sheets - variety of tools for understanding the


National Conference(s) for 4-H Volunteerism


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.

Contact your County Extension Office about hosting an e-Forum or for the location of the site nearest you.

October 5, 2017 –7:00-8:30 PM (ET) - 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 –7:00-8:30 PM (ET) - “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 –7:00-8:30 PM (ET) - 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 life - long learning, workforce readiness, and career exploration. Caring adults can help all young people make decisions and create their own positive future.

State Conference(s) for 4-H Volunteerism

State 4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference - June 24, 2017

The PVC will be held in Stillwater in the Classroom Building just north of the Student Union on the OSU campus (Map). See map for parking below.

2017 Objectives will GROW the Eight Essential Elements of Positive

Youth Development.

  • Sow Inspiration – All Youth Need to BELONG – Creating environments where members are provided opportunities for relationships and to know they are cared about by others.  Youth who experience Belonging, tend to be trusting and friendly people.
  • Feed CreativityAll Youth Need to Experience MASTERY – Creating opportunities for meaningful accomplishments where youth develop skills and confidence.  Youth with productive opportunities to experience Mastery, tend to become problem-solvers who are motivated and achievement -oriented.
  • Cultivate Integrity - All Youth Need to Practice Helping Others Through GENEROSITY – Creating opportunities to develop individual moral strength, learning to put the needs of others first and experience being needed. Youth who experience Generosity become caring and empathetic people.
  • Grow Communication – Creating opportunities to exchange thoughts, information or messages between individuals; sending and receiving information using speech, writing, gestures and artistic expression.
  • Harvest Confidence - All Youth Need to Experience INDEPENDENCE – Creating opportunities to be able to influence people and events and face consequences.  Youth who experience opportunities to be Independent become confident and self-disciplined individuals, as well as capable leaders.
  • Workshop Application - Accepting proposals.  Application due on or before March 3, 2017. PDF MS Word


Southern Region Conference for 4-H Volunteerism

September 28- October 1, 2017, Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, Georgia

Visit the Conference Website - http://vcoss.weebly.com/ Stay connected with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Registration now open.  Early bird Registration due August 1.

The 4-H Volunteer Conference of Southern States is designed to engage 4-H volunteers an d staff across the southern region, in contemporary educational opportunities, that will impact, enhance and foster quality, excellence and achievement in the essential elements of youth development programming.

The mission of the conference is to provide experiential educational opportunities to 4-H volunteers and staff across the southern region. It is designed to improve the quality of 4-H programming in their own activities, projects, clubs and communities.

All Aboard!  4-H Volunteers STEAMING Ahead

Join volunteers from across the southern region for the annual Volunteer Conference. Program kicks off Thursday September 28 and closes with breakfast Sunday, October 1. Over 20 workshop choices and educational sessions. Mark your Calendars and look for more details

Workshop Proposal Submission is Open

We need your creative, exciting, fun, energetic, ideas for the conference! Consider submitting a workshop proposal and be engaged sharing your ideas and success. Volunteers from every area of 4-H youth development participate in the conference. With this year's theme of STEAMing ahead we are especially interested in workshops in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics but we know that your good ideas may be in other areas as well. The lead workshop presenter does receive reduced registration for the conference ($30). For full consideration, please complete your submissions before April 1st. This year's workshop process is chaired by Jeremy Johnson, Virginia Tech. For more information contact Jeremy ( jejohns1@vt.edu).

Submissions may be submitted online or through the website https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1zyQKkObXw4A7gp

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