Volunteers sought to help county’s 4-H program grow

Published 9:02 am Thursday, August 25, 2011

As Polk County 4-H youth finish up summer programs and get ready to go back to school, volunteers are being sought to help guide and mentor Polk County’s future citizens and leaders.
People volunteer with 4-H for many reasons. One benefit is to help make a difference in the lives of youth. Volunteers personally develop new leadership skills, make new friends, and have great experiences.
As one volunteer stated, “I always learn more about a topic as I am preparing to teach it to the kids. 4-H gives me the chance to share some of my passions with children. I enjoy the connection with N. C. State University and the up-to-date information they provide.”
Through the Polk County Cooperative Extension Service, adult volunteers receive training in issues facing youth, how to teach, how to organize a group or event and a variety of life skill and subject matter topics.
With the help of volunteers, youth develop their own leadership skills as demonstrated through working or volunteering in their community to address a community need.
4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization with more the six million members nationally. Please consider joining us.
Polk County 4-H is actively recruiting enthusiastic parents, grandparents, neighbors, community leaders and other older youth and adults who enjoy working with young people and want to give back to their community.
There is a wide array of opportunities to become involved. Remember, no previous experience is necessary. As a volunteer you will receive additional training to prepare you for your leadership experience. Just bring your desire to learn and have fun.

For more information and resources to help you prepare for your volunteer role, please contact your Extension 4-H office at 828-894-8218 and ask for Helen Clark, county 4-H program assistant.

– article submitted by Helen Clark

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