4-H Afterschool Resource Guide: Teens as Volunteer Leaders
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youth development
Volunteer Training


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Junge, Sharon K., Vanessa Spero, Niki Crawson, J. R. Davis, Tara Dorn, Beth Rasa Edwards, Stacy Hall, Karen Henry, Heather Janney, Beth Kerr, Andrea Lazzari, Abby Morgan, Kristie Popa, Cindy Smalley, Melinda Souers, Katelin Stenroos, Laura Valencia, Travis West, Tracy Winters, and Mary-Louise Wood. 2023. “4-H Afterschool Resource Guide: Teens As Volunteer Leaders: 4H432/4H432, 4/2023”. EDIS 2023 (2). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-4h432-2023.


This resource guide is designed to be used by Extension/4-H professionals to deliver teen-led curricula in after-school programs. It includes an overview of program delivery, recruitment processes and training outlines. The original educational material was edited and revised for this edition by the National Association of 4-H Youth Development Professionals Afterschool Working Group, led by Vanessa Spero. Published by the 4-H Youth Development Department, UF/IFAS Extension, April 2023.

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