4-H SPIN Clubs
The purpose of 4-H SPIN Clubs is to expand opportunities for youth and adults to experience and benefit from the Kansas 4-H youth development program. Through 4-H SPIN Clubs, youth not typically part of 4-H will participate in sustained 4-H youth development activities led by adult volunteers. In 4-H SPIN Clubs, youth will learn about a subject of interest to them, have positive interactions with their peers, and develop life skills.
Kansas 4-H SPIN Clubs combine the concept of Special Interest Groups with the 4-H Club Model to provide the context for positive youth.
- Youth can explore a topic of interest.
- Encourages youth to investigate topics that may or may not be typical 4-H projects.
- Encourages new and/or underserved youth and families, not typically part of 4-H clubs, to get involved.
- Provides youth and volunteers easier entry into the 4-H program.
- Recruits volunteers with expertise in a subject matter area.
- Club meets for a minimum of 6 sessions and holds a culminating event Sessions could range from 1 hour in length to several hours.
- Has a beginning and ending schedule yet can continue if both the volunteer and youth agree.
- Participants are enrolled 4-H members and are encouraged to participate in other 4-H events, activities, and clubs. Local eligibility requirements for funds and recognition may vary.
- Members recognize they are 4-H members and showcase 4-H Youth Development prominently from beginning to end, such as:Saying the 4-H pledge at the beginning of each meeting
- Displaying 4-H clover at meeting site
- Using the experiential "Learn by Doing" learning model
- Providing opportunities to showcase what they have learned or the skills they have mastered by sharing with others
- Using their interests to conduct community service projects
SPIN Club Volunteers must complete the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Screening Process and Orientation. The additional links listed to the right, are videos created by Illinois 4-H on Positive Youth Development and Ages and Stages.
SPIN Club Resources:
Below are resources available to help start successful SPIN clubs. Many are form fillable PDF's.
- Best Management Practices
- Enrolling Club Members Using 4hOnline
- Graphic for SPIN Club
- Volunteer Leader Recruitment Trifold
- Volunteer Leader Recruitment Spanish Tri-Fold
- Volunteer Leader Recruitment
- Volunteer Leader Recruitment Spanish
- Flowchart for starting a new club
- Staff Checklist for starting a new club
- Volunteer Development Procedures
- Volunteer Role Description
- Volunteer Checklist for starting a new club
- Volunteer Plan of Action Lesson Plan Sheet
- Volunteer Plan of Action Lesson Plan Sheet-b
- Volunteer Expense Record
- Volunteer Time Log
- Youth Interest Survey - Ages 8-11 and Ages 12-18