4-H helps young people learn and grow through a process that builds competence, confidence, connection, compassion, and character. By participating in 4-H, young people prepare themselves for economic and social success as adults while making positive contributions to their communities.
4-H programming is based on the theory and practice of positive youth development. In short, it based on a belief that positive outcomes for young people don’t happen by chance. Instead, it is up to parents, schools, youth organizations, and the entire community to help them learn and grow.
Positive youth development occurs best in settings that provide opportunities for mastery, independence, generosity, and belonging. That's why 4-H goes to great lengths to ensure that all 4-H experiences include these essential elements.
Adult volunteer leaders are the mainstay of the 4-H program. Each year more than 7,000 adults volunteer their time and talents to help Oregon 4-H members. In addition, nearly 1,000 teens are involved in leadership projects.
Leaders learn along with 4-H members as Extension faculty members keep them informed about new information. Not only do leaders learn more about the project they are teaching, but they learn about teaching techniques and working with people. For this reason, 4-H is often referred to as an adult education program as well as a youth education program.
Although most volunteers lead clubs, there are other leadership roles in Oregon 4-H. Some volunteers might serve as community coordinators, assisting Extension staff in recruiting and organizing 4-H work in a particular geographic area. Others serve as resource leaders sharing their skills with club leaders, while still others share their talents as activity leaders for camps and special programs or committee members involved in program planning with professional staff.
Kim Herber - Crook County 4-H Coordinator
OSU/Crook County Extension Service
498 SE Lynn Blvd
Prineville OR 97754