Volunteer Training

University of Illinois Extension- Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall & Putnam Counties is hosting a series of volunteer trainings for current 4-H community club leaders and other Extension volunteers as well as those interested in becoming leaders and volunteers. Continuing Education trainings are so important for our volunteers because they keep volunteers up to date on the newest information from Extension and the best practices in youth development. Extension provides volunteers with strategies and skills to help shape hands-on learning programs and activities for our 4-H youth. But most of all, Extension can support their volunteers in their continued work and commitment to the organization and in every youth, family, and community. We encourage everyone to participate for these reasons.

The first in a series of three continuing education volunteer trainings will take place on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at IVCC in rooms CTC 124/ 125. The topic covered will be Ages & Stages: Appropriate Activities for Each Age Group. If you work with youth of all ages, you know that an 8-year-old is different than a 13-year old. How do you know what their social and emotional needs are? How do you design activities to keep them engaged yet not frustrated? How do you get teenagers to interact? This first session will help answer those questions, and others.  There is no cost to register. Registrations are due by November 5, 2021. Masks will be required, and social distancing will be practiced.

The second session will occur via Zoom on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. To learn about Recreation & Program Planning, you won’t have to venture out in the winter winds and snow; you can stay cozy in your own home while learning about recreational activities for all ages, program planning steps, and resources available. This is perfect for anyone coordinating community clubs, SPIN clubs, day camps, and/ or one-day events. Please register by January 20,2022.

The last session will be a Project Planning Workshop. Do you need to learn about available venues to hold workshops? Do you need names of guest speakers and experienced professionals to share their knowledge and skills with youth audiences? Do you struggle to find funding or interest in the workshops you have already planned? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then join us on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 9:00-11:00 at the University of Illinois Extension Education Center and Community Teaching Kitchen at 944 First Street in LaSalle. Please register by February 17, 2022. Masks will be required, and social distancing will be practiced.

Please note that each session has its own registration link. This allows you to register for one, or all, of the sessions. Please respect the “register by” date as refreshments will be provided, and the agenda will be tailored to participant needs. We hope to see all 4-H community clubs and counties represented at these volunteer opportunities! For more information, contact Beth Dellatori, 4-H Youth Development Educator, at beth5@illinois.edu or 815-224-0889.

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If you have questions or need more information, please call University of Illinois Extension- Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-224-0889. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please indicate when registering or contact the Extension office. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.