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Kansas 4-H Tip Sheet

August 14, 2017

Get Involved with the National e-Forums

By Pam Van Horn

Coming this fall are three opportunities for 4-H Volunteers who serve in a variety of roles such as club organizational leaders, project/subject leaders, committee members, and advisory boards. It’s the National 4-H e-Forums, a new format that involves a web based concept which capitalizes on the strengths, resources, and experiences from 4-H programs across the nation and to allow 4-H volunteers and staff to have a richer experience. The e-forums are scheduled October 3, November 2 and December 7!

Local and regional host sites are needed to provide a face-to-face environment for participants to gather for the live presentations. It’s where the audience is part of a virtual component, with a speaker or speakers presenting content via the Internet. An e-Forum also has a local face-to-face component, with 4-H Staff and/or Volunteers hosting Adult and Youth Volunteers at a community location. Opportunities to interact with each other at the host sites are provided. Participants can also interact with volunteers at other sites who are viewing the program via chat pods and poll questions.

The programs offered are:

Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders
• Thursday, October 5, 2017

“STEM”ming into Animal Science, Growing True leaders
• Thursday, November 2, 2017

Helping 4-H’ers Grow in Life & Work
• Thursday, December 7, 2017

Local sites are encouraged to register at the links below:
October 5 - http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1272617/53002394F73BB6C95E8E75A7339607DD
November 2 - http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1272620/6ED73C3EB25EA4225FFDA41D203663B3
December 7 - http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1272623/9FC96963FB8EDF6A2AF4F1FF1D8691F1

Once registered, each e-forum session will have a detailed Lesson Plan and set of PowerPoint slides with presentation notes. The Host Site Facilitator’s Logistics Guide is also available for help with overall logistics related to the e-Forum. Additional resources will be provided for each session to supplement the presentation. These can be shared with participants as handouts.

Marketing materials are also available to help promote the e-Forum series to volunteers and staff. These are located at the 4-h.org website at: http://4-h.org/professionals/professional-development/volunteer-development/#!4h-volunteer-e-forum.