Texas 4-H Volunteer Conference

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  • Promotional Flyer – PDF

The Texas 4-H Youth Development greatly values the contributions and leadership provided by 4-H volunteers. The program coordinators also believe in providing volunteers high quality, educational opportunities and resources so they are best equipped to return to their counties and work in partnership with County Extension Agents to further develop our youth.

In 2013-14, the Texas 4-H Youth Development will be sponsoring a virtual volunteer conference on a quarterly basis. Workshops will be conducted during the day and evening hours using AgriLife Extension’s TTVN WebMeeting system. The training dates are:

May 5th and 6th
July 31st and August 5th


Time Topic Descriptions Presenter
11:00am Teaching Public Speaking Our Texas 4-H Youth Development Program Leader, Dr. Chris Boleman, will lead a session on public speaking.  Known for his high energy, passionate speaking style, Dr. Boleman will provide proper preparation steps to develop a top notch speech and he will also include his personal tips on speech development and delivery.  Dr. Boleman gives 50+ speeches per year across Texas and nationwide.  So, this will not be a session you will want to miss! Dr. Chris Boleman
11:00am Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program The Texas 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Project (WHEP) is an interactive program that teaches youth about wildlife, habitat, habitat management, and natural resources stewardship. In addition, life skills such as team work, critical thinking, public speaking, and observation are underlying objectives in this youth development effort. Creating educated and involved stewards of natural resources is the long term goal. Various practice and competitive contests are associated with this program. Participation is not required in these to be involved in this wildlife study project but often a contest enhances the learning experience of the youth involved. All contests within the state are open to all ages within 4-H membership. Larry Hysmith
12:00am 4-H Summer Camp Opportunities If you are looking for fun and excitement then join us for summer camp at the Texas 4-H Conference Center. The center offers a variety of summer camps for our 4-H members. Our Horizons camp features some of the most popular 4-H projects. You can also make plans to attend one of our traditional camps like County Camp or Prime Time. Regardless of which camp you chose we will provide a fun filled program. Our activities include rock wall climbing, sport fishing, dancing, color run, zip lining, kayaking, crafts and much more. Mark Carroll
12:00pm Robotics   Derrick Bruton
12:00pm Share-the-Fun   Laura Huebinger
1:00pm College Readiness This session will focus on a review of college preparedness strategies and college admission requirements for youth in 9th – 11th grade. In addition, recent legislative changes will be discussed in the context of how they might affect future college students. Luis Saldana
1:00pm 4-H’ers…Start Your Engines… The race to get youth involved in your organization is about to start! Are you fueled up? Is the engine running? Pit crew ready? Learn the 5 things that are needed to insure you are the future pace car and have a successful 4-H Kick-off event! Kelli Lehman
6:00pm Social Media Volunteers, this isn’t your average “social media basics” training!  In this session, we will take you from simply being familiar with social media to understanding techniques to communicate, educate, and promote your 4-H programs.  Social media is here to stay, so learn how to use it to your advantage! Amy Dromgoole
Shawnte Clawson
6:00pm Leaders 4 Life “Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.” – Winston Churchill
The goal of the Leaders 4 Life Program is to provide the necessary “tools”, to aid current leadership in the development and training of future leaders.  Leaders 4 Life provides resources to equip counties in conducting high quality leadership training, parliamentary procedure training, and service learning activities.  This session will provide an introduction to this program as well as highlight activities that you can use in your county program in the area of leadership development.
Garry Branham
7:00pm 4-H Roundup It’s that time of the year and Texas 4-H Roundup is almost here! This year’s theme, “Ignite 4-H: Spark Leadership, Fuel Change,” will do just that. Get ready for a dynamic event with over 50 competitive events, nearly 20 educational workshops, three awesome assemblies, and Texas country star Wade Bowen to finish off the week. During this session of the volunteer conference we will discuss all that the 2014 Texas 4-H Roundup has to offer. At the conclusion of the session we will also have a question and answer on anything you may have related to Roundup.  Dr. Kyle Merten
7:00pm Livestock Judging Basics Livestock judging is so much more than placing four. Are you interested in the purpose of judging livestock? What tools are available for coaches to train successful teams? Come see the latest trends in livestock selection. This interactive session will provide an in-depth look at livestock judging. We will take you into the livestock judging official’s thought process when organizing a class or contest. Volunteers should expect to gain a better understanding of the life skill development and livestock production basis of livestock judging. Come join us.  Dr. Billy Zanolini
8:00pm How to Train 4-H Food Challenge Teams The 4-H Food Challenge continues to grow, with multiple opportunities to participate in the contest, including a new national 4-H Food Challenge. But, where do you start? What do you do with a team? How does the pantry work? How do you figure cost analysis? How should a team organize their presentation? Overall, how do you practice and help prepare a team for the contest? Join this session to learn about strategies to working with and developing a team to succeed at the Food Challenge!  Charlene Belew
Dr. Courtney Dodd
Dr. Sara Dodd

 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Time Topic Descriptions Presenter
11:00am Share-the-Fun   Laura Huebinger
11:00am Social Media Volunteers, this isn’t your average “social media basics” training!  In this session, we will take you from simply being familiar with social media to understanding techniques to communicate, educate, and promote your 4-H programs.  Social media is here to stay, so learn how to use it to your advantage! Amy Dromgoole
Shawnte Clawson
12:00pm Leaders 4 Life “Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.” – Winston Churchill
The goal of the Leaders 4 Life Program is to provide the necessary “tools”, to aid current leadership in the development and training of future leaders.  Leaders 4 Life provides resources to equip counties in conducting high quality leadership training, parliamentary procedure training, and service learning activities.  This session will provide an introduction to this program as well as highlight activities that you can use in your county program in the area of leadership development.
Garry Branham
12:00pm How to Train 4-H Food Challenge Teams The 4-H Food Challenge continues to grow, with multiple opportunities to participate in the contest, including a new national 4-H Food Challenge. But, where do you start? What do you do with a team? How does the pantry work? How do you figure cost analysis? How should a team organize their presentation? Overall, how do you practice and help prepare a team for the contest? Join this session to learn about strategies to working with and developing a team to succeed at the Food Challenge! Charlene Belew
Dr. Courtney Dodd
Dr. Sara Dodd
12:00pm How to Judge 4-H Recordbooks Learn the secrets of judging the 4-H Recordbook!  Secrets…..there are no secrets but there are things a judge should know.  Join the conversation and learn as much as we know.  Dr. Montza Williams
Dr. Kyle Merten
1:00pm 4-H Roundup It’s that time of the year and Texas 4-H Roundup is almost here! This year’s theme, “Ignite 4-H: Spark Leadership, Fuel Change,” will do just that. Get ready for a dynamic event with over 50 competitive events, nearly 20 educational workshops, three awesome assemblies, and Texas country star Wade Bowen to finish off the week. During this session of the volunteer conference we will discuss all that the 2014 Texas 4-H Roundup has to offer. At the conclusion of the session we will also have a question and answer on anything you may have related to Roundup.  Dr. Kyle Merten
1:00pm Livestock Judging Basics Livestock judging is so much more than placing four. Are you interested in the purpose of judging livestock? What tools are available for coaches to train successful teams? Come see the latest trends in livestock selection. This interactive session will provide an in-depth look at livestock judging. We will take you into the livestock judging official’s thought process when organizing a class or contest. Volunteers should expect to gain a better understanding of the life skill development and livestock production basis of livestock judging. Come join us.  Dr. Billy Zanolini
6:00pm College Readiness This session will focus on a review of college preparedness strategies and college admission requirements for youth in 9th – 11th grade. In addition, recent legislative changes will be discussed in the context of how they might affect future college students.  Luis Saldana
6:00pm Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program The Texas 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Project (WHEP) is an interactive program that teaches youth about wildlife, habitat, habitat management, and natural resources stewardship. In addition, life skills such as team work, critical thinking, public speaking, and observation are underlying objectives in this youth development effort. Creating educated and involved stewards of natural resources is the long term goal. Various practice and competitive contests are associated with this program. Participation is not required in these to be involved in this wildlife study project but often a contest enhances the learning experience of the youth involved. All contests within the state are open to all ages within 4-H membership.  Larry Hysmith
7:00pm How to Judge 4-H Recordbooks Learn the secrets of judging the 4-H Recordbook!  Secrets…..there are no secrets but there are things a judge should know.  Join the conversation and learn as much as we know.  Dr. Montza Williams
Dr. Kyle Merten
7:00pm 4-H Summer Camp Opportunities If you are looking for fun and excitement then join us for summer camp at the Texas 4-H Conference Center. The center offers a variety of summer camps for our 4-H members. Our Horizons camp features some of the most popular 4-H projects. You can also make plans to attend one of our traditional camps like County Camp or Prime Time. Regardless of which camp you chose we will provide a fun filled program. Our activities include rock wall climbing, sport fishing, dancing, color run, zip lining, kayaking, crafts and much more.    Mark Carroll
7:00pm Robotics   Derrick Bruton
8:00pm Teaching Public Speaking Our Texas 4-H Youth Development Program Leader, Dr. Chris Boleman, will lead a session on public speaking.  Known for his high energy, passionate speaking style, Dr. Boleman will provide proper preparation steps to develop a top notch speech and he will also include his personal tips on speech development and delivery.  Dr. Boleman gives 50+ speeches per year across Texas and nationwide.  So, this will not be a session you will want to miss!  Dr. Chris Boleman
8:00pm 4-H’ers…Start Your Engines… The race to get youth involved in your organization is about to start! Are you fueled up? Is the engine running? Pit crew ready? Learn the 5 things that are needed to insure you are the future pace car and have a successful 4-H Kick-off event!  Kelli Lehman

Workshop playback links from the February virtual conference are provided below.

  • 4-H Conference Center Opportunities – link
  • 4-H Educational Presentations – link
  • 4-H Golf SPIN Clubs – link
  • 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Invitational – link
  • 4-H Invitational Contests – link
  • 4-H Outdoor Challenge – coming soon!
  • 4-H Photography – link
  • 4-H Recordbooks – link
  • Money Management 101 – link
  • Tools of the Trade – link – Training starts at the 10:00 minute mark of the recording.

Workshop playback links from the November virtual conference are provided below.


Workshop playback links from the November virtual conference are provided below.


Contact:

Dr. Courtney Dodd
Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist
4180 Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845
Phone: 979-845-6533
Fax: 979-845-6495
E-mail: cfdodd@ag.tamu.edu


 

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