Greer County Cooperative Extension Service
4-H and Youth Development
What happens at a meeting?
Learning by doing starts at the project meeting. No set number of meetings is required, but projects usually include at least six hours of learning time. Project meetings can begin as soon as the 4-H club has completed its enrollment. Some project groups have seasonal activities and may not start meeting until later in the year.
Learning is most exciting when it is learning by doing. Four-H projects offer this kind of excitement. Four-H members start by selecting a project. Once enrolled in the project, the 4-H member and parent and project volunteer set goals, stating what the 4-H member hopes to learn in the project. It is important that 4-H members complete each project by attending a majority of the project meetings, reaching project goals and keeping records.
Project volunteers are adult or teen volunteers who teach small groups of 4-H members. They are responsible for organizing the group, planning and holding project meetings and helping the members learn. Their most important job, however, is guiding, motivating and encouraging 4-H members. Project volunteers contact 4-H members enrolled in their projects to set up meetings. Each project group should have at least six hours of learning time. The volunteer may also give the 4-H members tasks to be completed at home.
Parents also have a role in 4-H project work. Parents should help the 4-H member obtain supplies and equipment needed for a project. They should assist the 4-H members with assignments given by the project volunteer. Parents may also be asked to assist with a project group by providing transportation, bringing refreshments or attending a meeting. As with project volunteers, their most important job is to guide, motivate and encourage the 4-H member.
Four-H members have many opportunities to develop leadership skills. Beginning teen leaders may assist an organizational or project leader with their specific duties. Older teen leaders may lead a project group of their own or serve as an activity leader in the club.