Risk Management for 4-H Youth Development Work: Volunteers and Youth Protection

At Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Nassau County Extension Director, Mary Williams, socializes with 4-H youth from across the state during 4-H Congress in July 2003.

This 3-page publication is one in the series Risk Management for 4-H Youth Development Work. It focuses on the basic overall precautions that need to be taken by everyone involved with 4-H. Written by Paula Davis, Dale Pracht, Stefanie Prevatt, Janet Psikogios, Kate Fogarty, Jean Hink, and Marilyn Norman and published by the UF/IFAS 4-H Youth Development Department, September 2018.

Increasing Efficiency in Extension Using the Train-the-Trainer Approach

Teamwork background conceptExtension has adapted to today‚Äôs financial realities through a number of strategies, including increased reliance on partnerships. One strategy that expands the reach of an Extension agent and capitalizes on partners is the “train-the-trainer” approach.This 4-page fact sheet describes the train-the-trainer approach as it applies to Extension programming, provides contextual examples from within and beyond UF/IFAS Extension, and offers best management practices. Written by Laura A. Warner, Amy Harder, Tom Wichman, and Frank Dowdle, and published by the UF Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, September 2014.

Lessons Learned from Evaluations of Citizen Science Programs (FOR291/FR359)

Figure 1.  Citizen scientist volunteers assist in the installation of groundwater monitoring wells. Extension agents with an interest in increasing the scientific and environmental awareness of their constituents may find an answer through a form of participatory scientific research known as citizen science. Citizen science uses volunteers of all ages, professions, backgrounds, and skills — often across broad geographic areas — to engage non-scientists in a variety of tasks, but most commonly data collection. This 5-page fact sheet informs potential citizen science practitioners of recent evaluations of citizen science programs. Looking closely at identifying appropriate tasks for volunteers, assessing data validity, and evaluating changes in volunteers’ knowledge and attitudes can help organizers avoid common pitfalls and develop citizen science programs most likely to succeed. Written by Luke Gommerman and Martha C. Monroe, and published by the UF Department of School of Forest Resources and Conservation, May 2012.

4-H Volunteer Management Series

This series by Bryan D. Terry, Rick Godke, Bill Heltemes, and Lori Wiggins has been published by the UF 4-H and Youth Development Program.
4H6.2/4H300 The Volunteer Life Cycle: A Key to 4-H Volunteer Involvement
4H6.3/4H301 Understanding Volunteer Management in 4-H
4H6.4/4H302 Engaging Volunteers through ISOTURES: Identifying Opportunities for Volunteer Involvement
4H6.5/4H303 Engaging Volunteers through ISOTURES: Selecting for Volunteer Involvement
4H6.6/4H304 Engaging Volunteers through ISOTURES: Volunteer Orientation
4H6.7/4H305 Engaging Volunteers through ISOTURES: Training Volunteers for Success in 4-H
4H6.8/4H306 Engaging Volunteers through ISOTURES: Utilizing Volunteers by Empowerment
4H6.9/4H307 Engaging Volunteers through ISOTURES: Recognition of Volunteer Success
4H6.10/4H308 Engaging Volunteers through ISOTURES: Evaluating Volunteers and Programs
4H6.11/4H309 Engaging Volunteers through ISOTURES: Sustaining a Volunteer Program