Adult volunteer leaders are the mainstay of the 4-H program. Each year about 3,500 adults volunteer their time and talents to help Wyoming 4-H members. In addition, about 500 teens are volunteer leaders.
Leaders learn along with 4-H members, as Extension educators and university specialists keep them informed about new information. Not only do leaders learn more about the subject they are teaching, but they learn about teaching techniques and working with people. For this reason, 4-H is often referred to as an adult education program as well as a youth education program.
Although most volunteers lead clubs, there are other leadership roles in Wyoming 4-H. Some leaders serve as "Key Leaders" in the county and help others lead, or offer support to members on a countywide basis.
UW 4-H staff are responsible for all 4-H programming and provide training and support for volunteers which aid in delivering educational opportunities. Volunteers are considered non-benefited employees of the University of Wyoming and are appointed at the discretion of the county 4-H Educator on a yearly basis. Volunteers are the key to program delivery as they transmit information and share their skills directly with youth. The power of the 4-H program depends on the dedication of time and teaching that volunteers provide.
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