The purpose of the Letters to Leaders series is to provide volunteer leaders with the best practices in developing a 4-H youth program and to offer suggestions and ideas for managing a successful 4-H club or project. Each 4-H program is unique, so every idea or suggestion may not apply to each club situation. Therefore, this series should be used as a guide to better understand the 4-H program and ways to organize your club.
This issue provides information on what 4-H is and how a 4-H program works. Additionally, it explains the job of a 4-H volunteer leader.
This issue includes helpful information on getting started with a 4-H club. It will explain how to recruit 4-H members and the optimal number of members for each club. What about project materials? Are there dues for 4-H members? What about insurance? Where will our club meet? How often will our club meet? These are just some of the questions that will be answered in this issue.
This issue assists leaders in planning and conducting 4-H club meetings. You will find information on setting goals with your 4-H club; planning a yearly 4-H club calendar; club officers and committees; teaching the 4-H pledge, motto, and symbols; possible agenda items for a 4-H club meeting; and involving parents in your club and tours, activity days, etc.
This issue will explain the experiential learning process, descriptions of each of the five steps in the process, applying experiential learning, and applying the cone of experience.
This issue explains your role as a teacher and leader. It covers how to put yourself in the learner's position, ways to say, "good job," characteristics of different age groups, and various approaches to your leadership role.
This resource provides necessary information and history about the 4-H program locally and globally and an explanation of the 4-H vision and mission. Additionally, this resource includes information on the four H's, the 4-H Motto, and the 4-H pledge.
This resource explains the various roles of a 4-H leader, tips for recruiting and partnering with other leaders and parents to assist with club efforts, as well as a list of helpful 4-H terms and definitions.
As a new leader, you may wonder where to begin. Experienced 4-H leaders tell us the most helpful task a new leader can do is develop a program plan. This guide will help you chart a direction with your club members.
It can be a challenge for 4-H leaders to plan exciting and engaging meetings. This resource introduces leaders to the many ways to incorporate active, fun learning into the 4-H club experience.
This handbook is an essential resource for any 4-H club leader. This handbook provides an overview of the 4-H program, important materials for starting and managing a 4-H club, information on 4-H leader professional development, as well as club risk management guidelines and procedures.