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Michelle Cox
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
mcx@illinois.edu

Sabrina Huley
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
huley@illinois.edu

Sandra Prez
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Metro
University of Illinois Extension
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
sprez@illinois.edu

Lake County 4-H

Lake County 4-H

Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H program. They are the organizers, teachers, and counselors who make the program available to youth. Utilizing volunteers effectively can assure the success of the local program. Positive youth development research shows the importance of caring adults in the lives of young people.

The formal roles volunteers fill at the local level fall into three general categories: organizational leaders, project leaders, and activity leaders. Organizational leaders provide overall leadership to club or group organization, overseeing the structure and operation, and serving as the club/group's contact with Extension staff and county/unit volunteers. They involve and coordinate activities of other volunteers who support the club/group. Project and activity leaders help members plan and conduct projects and group activities.

Volunteers can help with tasks that take place throughout the year and with tasks that can be completed in a short time period. There are volunteer roles working directly with 4-H members and others that support the club behind the scenes. The most successful clubs/groups encourage each member's family to take on volunteer roles, each contributing what it can.

At the county level, the 4-H program also needs volunteers to give guidance to policy and priority setting in administrative roles, to conduct or assist with county-level events, and to provide leadership to program expansion and promotion.