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    Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development

    4-H Essential Elements Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development Programs - Provides individual modules to help you better understand the 4 Essential Elements and help explain these to your co-leaders or facilitators.

    Policies and Operations

    COVID-19 Planning Documents

    Financial Management

    Forms and Factsheets

    For project information, such as books and forms, visit our projects page.

    Name and Emblem

    The 4-H Name and Emblem are protected under federal statute Title 18, U.S. Code 707. This provides the 4-H Name and Emblem with the level of protection afforded other Federal marks, such as the Seal of the President of the United States. The 4-H Name and Emblem is intended to represent the ideals of the program with its focus on serving the educational needs and interests of 4-H youth.

    The Vermont 4-H Program Leader can grant Vermont businesses with a one time use to use the name and emblem on behalf of 4-H clubs or 4-H committees who wish to get the clover printed on jackets, shirts, banners or other items. Please email sarah.kleinman@uvm.edu at least 30 days before desired receipt of items, with the name of the 4-H entity (club or committee), business name and contact information you wish to use, and items wishing to be purchased/desired design.

    Please note that the 4-H Mall is equipped to print your unique club or committee name on their merchandise as well.

    Specific information, including a list of businesses already approved to use the name and emblem, application to apply for national authorization to use the name and emblem, as well as a general fastsheet can be found at the USDA Youth Development & 4-H website.

    High and low resolution 4-H clover emblems are available for download at University of Florida Cooperative Extension. Remember to use "high" resolution for printed materials and "low" resolution for web.

    Project Management

    Risk Managment

    Training Resources

    4-H e-Learning Course for Volunteers

    Instructions for completing the 4-H E-Learning Course for Volunteers & Retrieving the Completion Certificate

    We are utilizing an e-learning course to access 4 training modules for our 4-H Volunteers.

    1. Begin by registering here to gain access to the following four modules:
    • Volunteer Roles and Relationships
    • You Can Create a Safe and Inclusive Environment
    • You Can Promote Positive Youth Development
    • You Can Help Young People Learn by Doing
    2. Scroll down to “Training Resources”. Under “4-H E-Learning Course for Volunteers”, click on ”you can register here” to register and start the four modules on positive youth development.
    3. After completing the course, be sure to finish by clicking on the "Register Here that you've completed the training." Doing so will send you to a Google Form where you will input your information. Click on submit. By submitting this form, you will be sent an email verifying that you completed the modules.
    4. Lastly, you will need to forward this email to vermont4-H@uvm.edu.

    *If you have trouble remembering your password, you can use the "Forgot Password" link on the general Canvas login page.

    Child Protection Training

    Instructions for completing the Child Protection Services Training & Retrieving the Completion Certificate

    4-H Volunteers must complete child protection training per UVM Protection of Minors Policy. There are two modules, "Child Protection" Parts I and II, and each one takes 15 minutes to complete:

    1. To begin the training, go to this link. From this webpage you will see both of the following modules listed:
    a. Child Protection Part I: Child Abuse and Neglect
    b. Child Protection Part II: Prevention and Response Strategies
    2. When you click on the module, you will be asked to complete a short form with your name, company, and email address. When you log in, use “UVM Extension 4-H” for your company.
    3. Follow the prompts to complete both training modules.
    4. Certificates: At the end of each training you should take the final steps to generate a certificate which you should have emailed to your email address and then forward it to your county educator. You will have to complete both trainings and will get two certificates. Please keep a copy for your records. You will need to click the link that comes after “READ MORE SURVEYGIZMO” (see the picture below). You will then be directed to a page to input information and your certificate will be emailed to you. 
    5. Lastly, you will need to forward the emails with these certificates to vermont4-H@uvm.edu.

    Leader Training Series

    The University of Vermont 4-H Leader Training Series has been developed to assist volunteer 4-H leaders who are starting new 4-H clubs or who may be working with current club members. This resource manual for 4-H leaders includes forms and guidelines specific to Vermont 4-H.

    Lunch and Learn Webinars

    Captivate Sessions

    If you have problems viewing or loading these sessions, try using either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox as your web browser. You may also be required to update your Adobe Flash Player if prompted by your web browser in order to view these sessions.


    Educator Information

    In School

    4-H in-school programs provide for the 4-H model of programming to be conducted during the school day. Often these classes are offered as a school enrichment segment within the school curriculum and can provide an opportunity for enhanced programming not currently made available such as digital photography, robotics, global positioning systems and other topics.


    PDF icon2013 Embryology Information (PDF)

    4-H Embryology is a school enrichment program that delivers life skills education through public, private, and home schools using hands-on learning. UVM Extension provides curricula and fertile eggs at minimal cost to the teacher/s, along with instructions on how to implement the program. Incubators may be purchased through the program independently. Currently, over 100 classrooms throughout the state participate in this educational enrichment activity. Students not only learn science skills, but also math and writing skills.

    For more information, please contact Martha Manning, 4-H Educator for Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, St. Albans Extension Office, 1-(800)-639-2130 or (802)-524-6501, martha.manning@uvm.edu.

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    After School

    4-H is here to make your after school time fun and rich with opportunities. Read more in the PDF icon4-H after-school fact sheet (PDF).

    Program sites can offer 4-H opportunities to youth by:

    • Starting a 4-H club at a site, with one or more projects.
    • Hosting a 4-H special interest program at a site.
    • Transporting interested youth from several sites to an offsite location for a special interest program.
    • Informing youth about 4-H opportunities such as the 4-H gardening program or 4-H summer camps.

    University of Vermont Extension 4-H can provide program sites with the following:

    • Screening for 4-H volunteer applicants.
    • Orientation, training, and ongoing support for 4-H club leader(s).
    • Training and support for 4-H special interest program leader(s).
    • Nationally juried curriculum designed to teach life skills in a hands-on manner.
    • Training for program staff in the Targeting Life Skills model for program planning and evaluation.
    • Evaluation of life skill development using Targeting Life Skills evaluation tool and software.
    • Structure for out-of-school time with activities.
    • Relationship building by focusing on leadership and interactions between all members of the 4-H club.

    For more information on what programs are available in your area or about starting one, contact:

    Sarah Kleinman, Director of 4-H, Farmworker & Family Education Programs
    802-656-0311 or 1-866-800-9944, e-mail: Sarah.Kleinman@uvm.edu