The Adult Leader Advisory Task Force is composed of volunteer 4-H Leaders from District 9 who meet and work together to improve the leadership available to 4-H members.
These volunteer leaders:
- Are dedicated to the well-being and development of youth.
- Assume direct responsibilities in working with youth.
- Believe in a helping relationship between youth and adults.
- Seek to improve their own abilities in working with youth.
Any interested District 9 volunteer 4-H leader may belong to the Task Force. All 4-H leaders within the district are invited to the Task Force meetings.
The Adult Leader Advisory Task Force serves volunteer 4-H leaders. Leaders exchange ideas, discuss mutual concerns, and help each other. Task Force meetings provide leaders with information about 4-H and working with youth. It is a time of learning, sharing, and fellowship.
The District Adult Leader Advisory Task Force develops and supports volunteer 4-H leaders in their roles with 4-H clubs, members, and activities. The Task Force recognizes four important ideas:
- The primary business of 4-H is the needs of youth.
- Volunteer 4-H leaders play a key role in the system of helping 4-H youth.
- Adults who volunteer their time and talents to work with the 4-H program warrant the encouragement and support of an organized group or peers.
- Many adults who volunteer
1. Identify leader training needs. Leaders should identify their own training needs. The Task Force helps collect and summarize opinions of leaders about training programs based on topics identified by volunteer leaders.
2. Help conduct leader training. Many adult volunteer leaders are able to conduct leader training sessions. The Task Force should identify leaders who can help conduct training and coordinate schedules, arrangements and topics with the county and District Extension staff.
3. Promote idea exchange and mutual support. Leaders have useful ideas and experiences that can be shared to help other leaders. Leaders can help each other by individual visits and direct assistance. The Task Force arranges opportunities for leaders to exchange ideas and support.
4. Help explain 4-H to the public. The Task Force helps explain 4-H through its contacts with mass media, donors and elected officials. Leaders take advantage of personal contacts to explain the 4-H program.
5. Help develop program resources. The 4-H Program requires certain resources to be effective. The leaders’ Task Force helps 4-H clubs locate resources needed for their program.
6. Involve leaders in 4-H activities. 4-H leaders are among those most often involved in 4-H activities. The Task Force helps leaders become involved in 4-H activities of their choice. Since 4-H depends on the help leaders provide, the Task Force recruits leaders to work on various 4-H activities.
7. Recognize leader accomplishments. The noteworthy accomplishments of 4-H leaders are many. The Task Force sponsors, encourages and makes efforts to recognize leaders for their service and achievements.