Development

La4-HVLA Mentoring Program

Development - Next Steps

1. Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Training Opportunities - Online, self-paced courses designed to support the efforts of Louisiana 4-H volunteers are offered through the LSU AgCenter Moodle. Four of these are designated as part of the VLA Mentoring Program. To login and access each course, participants will need a Google account. Also, be sure to save either a hard or digital copy of your certificate of completion at the end of each course/module.

To access the following courses: (You might find it helpful to download and print instructions for 1 to 5 here.)

  1. Navigate to https://learn.lsuagcenter.com/# .

  2. There, you will be required to login by selecting Other Users, then Sign-In with your Google account information.

  3. Next you will arrive at your My Courses page (visible in upper right corner).

  4. Now, shift your attention to the lower part of this page (you may have to scroll down a little) and click All Courses.

  5. Click on 4-H for a display of available courses. You will find the four courses bulleted below among those in the list.

Courses:

  • Fundamentals of 4-H – This course covers topics such as: Brief History of 4-H, Connecting 4- H to Cooperative Extension/Land Grant University, 4-H Basics, Organizational Structure, Experiential Learning Model and Policy/Building Relationships.

*After completing this course, participants should be able to correctly respond to the following questions: 1. Louisiana 4-H is a leading youth development program that engages volunteers as _________ in reaching a diverse population. 2. How do 4-H clubs function?


  • Developmental Stages - This course will walk you through the various ages and stages of the youth and help you to better work with each developmental stage.

*After completing this course, participants should be able to correctly respond to the following questions: 1. As part of this course, what characteristics are reviewed for each developmental stage? 2. Describe the social behaviors characteristic of most teens 15 to 18 year of age?


  • Essential Elements of Youth Development – This course will inspire you to promote positive outcomes for youth by providing opportunities, choices, relationships, and the support necessary for youth to fully participate within their families and society.

*After completing this course, participants should be able to correctly respond to the following questions: 1. What are the 4 main groups used to categorize the Essential Elements of 4-H? 2. What is positive youth development?


  • Risk Management – The Louisiana State University AgCenter takes seriously its obligation to provide a safe, positive environment for the youth served in 4-H programming. This course provides a standard set of policies and training. Topics include: adult behavior guidelines, working with youth, discipline procedures, handling accidents and injuries, as well as working with sensitive issues. You will be prompted to enter a key which is LA4HRM. For more information, use the Overnight Chaperone Program guide.


2. Complete an Adult Code of Conduct - Complete an Adult Code of Conduct for Adult 4-H Events and submit it to your parish's 4-H agent.

3. Pairing Mentors and Mentees - You should have received a letter from the Mentoring Program Coordinator with information about your mentor/mentee partner.(If you have not received this information, please contact the program coordinator at 4hvlamentoring@gmail.com)

The Mentor and Mentee should be willing to commit up to a 2 year partnership in order to get full benefit from the program. Working with your program partner, complete and submit the document to 4hvlamentoring@gmail.com. Be sure to add the word Agreement in the subject line. Best of luck as you and your partner work to achieve the established goals and objectives. (It is suggested the Mentor and Mentee communicate successes and challenges to the 4-H agent(s) as a courtesy.)

4. Final Step - Reflection/Evaluation - Reflection is a very powerful part of the learning process. Spend some time reflecting on your experiences by completing the Program Reflection document provided below. Then email the document to 4hvlamentoring@gmail.com. Be sure to add the word Reflection in the subject line.

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