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Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development - Stephenson County
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Stephenson County 4-H
New Family Support Coordinator Training
These are the answers to the Brain-storming sessions that we had in South Dakota:
What are questions new families might have?
What projects are available?
What paperwork do I do?
If I have a question, who do I ask?
Where are project meetings held?
What time and where do we meet?
What are club expectations?
How often are meetings?
How many projects can I do?
What can I take to the fair?
Why do we do a journal and how do I complete it?
Who should I see first?
What forms do I fill out?
Is there a fee?
What is 4-H?
What do I do?
How old do we have to be?
Do I have a leader for my project?
How many meetings are there and do I have to be at every meeting?
I have an (animal) – what do I need to do?
Who can help me?
How do I do a demonstration?
What projects do I have to do?
What is a project book?
Where is the county office?
Are there training days for projects?
Who brings the snacks for club meetings?
What do I need to do next month?
When do I register?
When is the County Fair? Why do I care?
Why do I have to fill out this form?
What do we have to do to complete projects?
What is expected of me?
How do we know what projects to sign up for?
How do you become an officer?
What does the project area involve?
What kind of community service do we do?
Do you need to own livestock?
Do we need to live on a farm?
Are there any project trips?
What does 4-H stand for?
Why do we need to follow the rules in conducting the meeting?
What are project leaders?
How do I complete a year?
What do we do for fundraising?
How many projects to take first time?
What should new families know?
Explanation of what 4-H is
What is expected of a parent at meetings and their involvement (talks, treats, etc.)
How often clubs meet
Timeline – don't have to have everything done now
What projects are available
Why 4-H journals are important
What projects are offered – city kid or farm kid types
Explanation of awards, ribbons
Tell them to journal all year
Club expectations & requirements
State fair explanation
Where meetings are held
What a 4-H record book or journal is
Explain the county fair
How many meetings does my child have to attend
Are there dues? Who pays for projects
How many projects to take in first year
What age limits are
Do we do service projects
To get involved with county events
Who are the leaders
How often club meetings are held
Where and when is 4-H camp
How long are meetings
How awards are determined
A list of all the events that happen throughout the 4-H year
4-H is a family activity
What forms to fill out
Parents are welcome to stay for meetings
Leaders' phone number and/or email
Parents need to participate
Page on form to fill out
Schedule of events
What is judging
How to give a talk or demo
What are some good ways to make new families feel welcome?
Sit with them at the meeting
Invite them to a project meeting and show them how
Smile and be positive
Suggest project ideas
Explain your club procedures
Call the new member and talk
Pick mentor to answer questions
Let them know how to get started
Explain what they need to record in the journal
How to clip and display newspaper clippings
Show past members' books to see how they are written up
Designate a 4-H'er to greet new members when they come to meetings
Call and explain special activities
Call parents after a meeting to see if they have questions
Sign up for community projects
Help them fill out the project enrollment
Explain what their responsibilities are at meetings
Ice breaker before meeting
Open house for potential members
Explain 4-H to them
Don't assume they understand
Play non-competitive games where they can meet club members
Invite them to the meeting and introduce them yourself
Include them in discussions
Show them project guides and give ideas
Ask them what their interest are
Visit with them after meetings; Answer their questions
Play games that encourage use of names
Call after meeting – glad to see them
Have host families & experienced 4-H'ers work/sit with new 4-H'ers
Start a club journal to pass on monthly and have members make pages about them and their families
Mentor older club members with new members
Call and send reminder about upcoming meetings
Have a family potluck so that families can intermingle in a casual setting
Family introductions at roll call
Ask new members about their favorite hobby/interest
Invite them to the meeting
Include them in all of the activities
Team them up with other families
Get the families to be working with other families in their neighborhood
At each meeting one member does a presentation on their family with introductions
Volunteer to lead pledges
Choose youth to give reports
Have Jr./teen members work with younger members
Let the kids decide
Give all a task or job to do
Ask for input at beginning of club year – what to do/who to do it
Entice with food
Do mixers at start of meeting
Get the parent(s) involved
Do hands-on activities
Have it fun – not boring
Have members review what was done in a group
let different members bring refreshments
go to members houses for demonstration night
all kids hold an office
do field trips
develop committee for planning and each member on one per month
have youth do demo or talk
give each member a job
assembly line projects
give reports on activities
community service (pop tabs)
members plan activities for the year
What are ways to get 4-Hers involved in meetings?
Give ideas to discuss (club projects, community service)
Use an office like game and/or song leader – make it on a rotation
Have project leaders for each age level and a project at each meeting
Craft ideas: Tray favors for hospital/May baskets
Fill out record books
Show by example
Judge classes of items
Appoint different officers per meeting
Include each one in program for year
Craft activity to take home
Make them feel welcome
Ask them to participate
Fill out record books together
Roll call topics
Group activity or judging
Introduce new families
Ask what they like to do
Ask why they want to join
Make them feel welcome
Write an article about them in club newsletter
Call the new members and remind of meeting times
Explain what's going on
Make sure you are open to all questions
Go slowly the first meeting of the year
Don't burn out the new members with too much information at one time
Include in yearly planning
Ask them if they want to help on...
Assign mentors in larger groups