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Career Resources for Volunteer Leaders

Support your 4-H members getting career-ready!

It’s exciting to see 4-H’ers find their passion and start on the path to pursuing their dream career. Volunteer club leaders are a vital resource for youth to turn to during this exciting, but often challenging, time in their lives.

Supporting 4-H’ers on this journey is easier than you might think! We’ve developed some resources with simple ways to incorporate career readiness skills into your existing club programming.

Free resources

These resources are available for you to download for free and use when planning your club programming.

Supporting the Development of Entrepreneurial Skills - New!

Entrepreneurship isn’t new to the 4-H program or its youth members. From raising and selling market animals to setting up a stall at a local farmers market, 4-H has woven entrepreneurship into programming for a long time. However, the integration of these skills into programming, with careful thought and intent, will help ensure maximum benefit for members.

This resource provides plenty of suggestions on how to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in members so they can take skills developed through 4-H club activities and put them towards future endeavors amid a changing employment landscape.

Supporting the Development of Networking Skills - New!

Networking has always been a vital career skill. Whether looking to enter the world of work, change jobs, learn more or support others, networking will continue to be vital to career success for everyone.

Networking is built on effective communication - something that is part of every 4-H project in many ways from public speaking to club positions. Integrating further skill building that supports effective networking into regular 4-H club programming can be easy to do, too. In this resource, you’ll find ideas for talking about networking, and tips to integrate skill building for effective networking into routine club projects.

Supporting the Creative and Critical Thinking Skills of Youth

As the world of work continues to change, how can we support youth in preparing for their future careers?

The key is supporting the development of their transferable skills – the abilities and qualities they can use regardless of the specific job or context. Integrating creative and critical thinking skills into regular club programming is easy to do, and a natural way to support skill development.

Supporting Youth Financial Literacy Skills

Skill mastery in financial literacy supports youth in understanding important concepts, helping them become responsible, economically secure, independent, and successful in life. From saving and budgeting to understanding debt and investing, these skills give youth the confidence to make educated decisions and choices that can set them on a positive path for life.

This resource focuses on two broad financial literacy areas: saving and budgeting. You’ll find ideas for talking about these topics and simple tips to integrate the skills into club projects.

Career Exploration Modules

Youth members can build key career readiness skills and practice them through a personalized hands-on, experiential challenge with the Careers on the Grow Career Exploration Modules. They are completely individualized – meaning that youth will complete activities that consider and focus on their career journey.

There are two modules currently being offered – Growing My Career Choices, a module for youth at the secondary level, and Cultivating Career Possibilities, a module for youth at the post-secondary level.

Coming soon!

More resources are on the way! Stay tuned to our social media pages for updates.


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