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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

Risk Management - forms

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
  • Position Descriptions - Volunteer roles helpful in managing a club.
  • 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