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Do you have a special interest or hobby that you'd like to share?
You can become a SPIN Club Volunteer!
Step 1: Share your project idea with your 4-H agent.
- Describe your idea to your 4-H agent. (Contact your agent)
- Fill out the CES Volunteer Application to be accepted as a Kentucky 4-H volunteer.
- Application Form
- Position description
- Talk to your agent about 4-H curriculum and events that relate to your project idea and the guiding principles on which 4-H operates.
- 4-H offers a world of opportunities for you and your club members—events, social activities, in-county and out-of-county trips, awards, camp, and more. You’ll learn about these through your agent and your county’s communication as you go.
Step 2: Take care of the basics…like place/time/dates to meet…what to teach at each meeting.
- Location: Find a meeting place which will be easily accessible to all. Schools and public facilities work well. Check with the person in charge of the facility to see if it can be used for 4-H club meetings. Ask for a list of use policies which must be followed. Be sure to mention that 4-H is educational. Your agent may suggest some locations.
- Number of meetings: Make a list of the skills/topics that kids need to learn in order to finish a project; determine how long each meeting should last; then set specific dates within the timeframe that works for you and the members. The club may meet several times during a short time frame, rather than the traditional once a month throughout the year.
- Report this information back to your agent.
Step 3: Let people in your community know that you are organizing a club.
- Think of ways you learn about opportunities for youth—backpack flyers through school, school announcements, school websites, parent/teacher organization; make posters and put them in places that families frequent—the school lunch room, churches, groceries, doctor’s offices; 4-H yard signs; 4-H newsletter; newspaper articles; neighborhood-specific newsletters; radio; TV, etc. Be creative and use out-of –the-ordinary methods
Step 4: Recruit at least five young people and their parents to form a club.
- 4-H is inclusive and open to all youth between the ages of 9 through 18, regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. Make sure that meeting locations are also open to all.
Step 5: Hold the first meeting to start the SPIN.
- Begin with something ACTIVE. It’s great to jump right into an activity that relates to the special interest.
- Describe the kinds of things your club will be doing.
- Enrollment Form: Your 4-H agent can provide copies of the county enrollment form.
- Collect enrollment information from youth/families. Ask parents to sign a media release.
- Talk about meeting times and frequency, length of meetings, start/end times, etc.
- Talk about expectations of members. (Code of Conduct)
- Ask parents to sign the liability shield.
- Talk about the help needed from parents.
- To help with specific tasks
- To teach project lessons
- To plan field trips or special events
- To help members plan and practice speeches/demonstrations.
- Discuss the 4-H volunteer application and screening process.
- Talk to your agent about a 4-H charter.
Step 6: Provide expertise and guidance as members learn project skills.
- General tools to use:
- Plan a learning experience related to the project for each meeting.
- Demonstrate how to do the project
- Invite an older youth who has completed the project to describe what he/she did as part of the project.
- Go on a guided field trip
- Encourage youth to work on their project outside of the club meeting; make their own decisions based on what they have learned; encourage them to experiment and try new ideas.
Step 7: Transition club business to the members.
- After the club is up and going, introduce the idea of the business meeting to youth. Review a typical agenda.
- Elect officers.
- Discuss the basics of parliamentary procedure.
- Some clubs may want to create bylaws.
- Work with officers and members to set club goals—such as plan a service learning activity related to the 4-H project.
Step 8: Check in with your 4-H agent—share the joys; talk through issues as they arise.
General Resources that may be helpful: