VLA Conference Report

Jaye Guerin  |  7/6/2011 11:11:15 PM

This year’s L4-HVLA Annual Conference was held at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge on March 11-13, 2011. The conference was packed with great educational programs including ethical decision making, robotics, ice breaker activities, victory gardens, military programming and much more. There were over 17 parishes represented at the conference. This year’s conference had 10 volunteer leaders who gave presentations sharing ideas from their local programs.

The following outcomes were obtained through a survey that was administered to participants at the conclusion of the conference:

As a result of this leader training,                                                 Strongly Agree or Agree

    I was re-energized about 4-H                                                             100%

    Feel my 4-H work will be enhanced                                                      99%

    Developed my skills as a volunteer                                                       99%

When participants were asked, “What knowledge or skill did they develop through their participation in the LA 4-H VLA Conference program?” They responded: 

    “I will used what I learned about ethics and the power of positive attitude. I will also use the ice breaker games with my club.” 
    “I learned different ways of reaching out to 4-H’ers and adult leaders and how to become a master volunteer and opportunities that are offered to me.” 
    “Knowledge about participation in training to reach different levels of involvement and awards. I learned about the robotics program and grew through my own interest. The program teaches incredible science processing skills.” 
    “Got some new insight into how to do some fun ways of teaching communications and instruction following.”  
    “I was clueless as to what to expect at the conference. I really had a wonderful time. The ethics session reaffirmed that I understood the concepts. I loved creating the bird house. I had no clue how to conduct a dog club. Finally, I did not like robotics, but keeping hearing about different opportunities students have in working with them so I tried it out. I still do not like robotics, but can see how important the opportunity to learn about them would be to their science processing skills and development. I would like to begin working more with this idea.”  
    “Best conference we’ve had in a while.”  
    “I thought the workshops were really informative, interesting and fun.”
Thank you to all those that made the conference a success and to our guest speakers for their time and dedication to the volunteers of Louisiana 4-H. We look forward to next year’s conference and hope to see you there.

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