Words of wisdom for 4-H leaders
Experienced 4-H leaders give words of wisdom to new 4-H leaders.
After interviewing experienced 4-H leaders, here are Michigan State University Extension’s top 10 words of wisdom for new 4-H leaders from experienced leaders.
- Be positive with what you say and do. Whether in words or in body language, you can signal loud and clear that you are glad to be part of the club. A smile and kind words will go far in building a relationship with your 4-H’ers.
- Do not get discouraged; it will all work out. Not every activity will be a hit or every meeting a success, just try again in a different way.
- Have some “just fun” meetings. Make elephant ears, blow bubbles, throw water balloons, play charades or have a board game tournament night. Building relationships and trust in each other will strengthen the club.
- Read and discuss the county 4-H newsletter. If you do not have a county 4-H newsletter, review the Michigan 4-H Today newsletter that arrives twice a month.
- Resources are available at your MSU Extension Office or peruse the MSU Extension website.
- Talk to other leaders in your project area. Ask your 4-H county program coordinator for a mentor to advise you.
- Attend another 4-H Club’s meeting to see what they do. Look for different ways of learning and interacting with the club. Take notes and try a new activity each meeting.
- Go to the 4-H Kettenun Center for a workshop. Attend a state 4-H activity in your club’s project areas. Take a trip to the MSU campus.
- Do not try to do too much. Rely on your teen members and parents to support your efforts.
- Finally, remember why you are doing this. Together we can “Make the Best Better.” Children are 25 percent of our population, but 100 percent of our future.