Volunteers are essential to the continued growth and development of a successful 4-H program in Davidson County. A volunteer may be a 4-H parent, a relative, a friend or a supporter of 4-H. Volunteers may serve as judges, club or project leaders, chaperones, resource persons, or promoters.
Tennessee’s adult leaders have found that as they help young people develop skills, they cultivate a few of their own. Adult volunteers develop self-confidence and other leadership skills, effective communication, planning and goal-setting, management and group dynamics. They develop skills they can use in other leadership roles in their churches, civic organizations and communities.
As volunteers develop new skills and interests, new opportunities open for them at the county, district, or state levels. The following are some of the leadership roles open to adults in the Davidson County 4-H program.
The organization leader coordinates an overall club program and the activities of members and other leaders. He or she serves as the club’s communication link with the county Extension staff and the 4-H and Youth Council. We are currently looking for a community club Organization Leader in several parts of Davidson County, including Scottsboro, Cane Ridge/Antioch, Bellevue, and Old Hickory.
Project leaders work with groups of members who are all enrolled in the same project. They help members set their individual project goals, teach new skills in project meetings, prepare for related activities such as demonstrations or judging, complete project records and prepare projects for exhibit. We are currently looking for Project Leader Volunteers for the following groups:
- Makerspace (3D Printing, littleBits Electronics kits, MakeyMakey, Lego Mindstorm Robots, Scratch, etc.)
- Shooting Sports (BB and archery)
- Poultry Judging Team
- Wildlife Judging Team
- Horse Club (Hippology, Horse Bowl, Horse Judging Team)
Activity leaders are volunteers representing local businesses or organizations willing to work with groups in 4-H activities. Activity leaders come to existing 4-H clubs and offer suitable programming on their area of expertise.