4-H Youth Development

Parents and Volunteers

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!

Family Participation

On TRAC - simple planning process for local club management.

Club Management Tools and Resources

  • 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


American Income Life Insurance - insurance for 4-H events, activities, clubs and members.

Various forms for club management system

Youth Forms

Adult Forms

Risk Management Forms

Great American Revolution

narrated by captivate

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

State 4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference

Volunteer Conference of Southern States

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

Volunteer Development Fact Sheets - variety of tools for understanding the


State Conference(s) for 4-H Volunteerism

State 4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference - June 22, 2019

Theme: SURGE! - 4-H Volunteers Making Connections Matter

The PVC will be held in Stillwater in the NORTH CLASSROOM Building at Monroe and Hall of Fame on the OSU campus (Map). See parking map for parking below.

2019 Conference Registration



Building Number: 0041
Building Abbreviation: CLBN
Address: 315 N MONROE STREET
Interactive Campus map, click "Map"
  • Campus Map - North Classroom building, corner of Monroe and Hall of Fame
  • Parking - Click "Parking"  Lots accessible to North Classroom Bldg:  Lots 27, 29, 31 and 50.

2019 Objectives will...


Strengthen – Connection of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) in project work and club/project group experiences.


Unite – Youth and adults in a partnership of shared leadership.


Recruit – Identify and train volunteers (project leaders) to successfully recognize and apply S.T.E.A.M. to programming and projects.


Grow Increased understanding and application of S.T.E.A.M. in all 4-H Youth Development efforts.


Empower – Growing leaders…learning how to encourage, share and nurture leadership in a club, project group or committee.

Workshop ApplicationAccepting proposals. Application due on or before March 1, 2019. DEADLINE Extended to March 25, 2019 Download Form as a PDF or MS Word.

Social Justice Sewing Academy

May 11, 2019

Oklahoma County Extension Office

9 am - 3 pm

Registration/Application - PDF Form MS Word Form

Executive Director Sara Trail will be coming to Oklahoma Saturday, May 11, 2019 to conduct a Train-the-Trainer workshop for the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) at the Oklahoma County Extension office from 9 am – 3 pm. Cost $15 per person.  Deadline for applications and payment on or before May 1.


Train-the-Trainer (T3) is a concept where teams are trained to both conduct a Sewing Academy, as well as train other to do an Academy. See application for team details and expectations.

Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program that bridges artistic expression with activism to advocate for social justice. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion and as agents of social change. Young artists make art that explores issues such as gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence and gentrification. The powerful imagery created in cloth quilt blocks tells their stories to be displayed in museums, galleries and quilt shows across the country. This visual dialogue bridges differences in race, age and socioeconomics and sparks conversations and action in households across the country.

** Participation limited.  First priority will be given to the SJSA Teams, as our priority is to train others in how to conduct SJSA in their school, community, library, etc.  Individual registrations will be honored based date received and space availability.




Southern Region Conference for 4-H Volunteerism

September 26- September 29, 2019, Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, Georgia

It's What We Do!

Join volunteers from across the southern region as we host a national 4-H volunteer conference. The program kicks off Thursday, September 26 and closes with breakfast Sunday, September 29. This year's conference includes workshops and speakers in creative arts, health & better living, kids in the kitchen, plants & gardens, technology, science, teaching & learning and personal development.

Visit the Conference Website. Stay connected with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Workshop Proposals are Open

We need your creative, exciting, fun, energetic, ideas for the conference! Consider submitting a session proposal and be engaged sharing your ideas and success. Volunteers from every area of 4-H youth development participate in the conference. Workshops will center in many areas and we are looking for workshops that are content areas as well as teaching and learning and personal development. For full consideration, please complete your submissions before February 1. And don't forget to check out the proposal guide for tips on presenting a strong submission.

Submissions may be submitted online.

WHY - 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.

MISSION - 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.

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