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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

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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 (

Submissions may be submitted online or through the website