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  1. 1. Texas 4-H Livestock Mentor Program Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Target Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching Role </li></ul><ul><li>Testimonials </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  3. 3. Purpose <ul><li>Provide training for 4-H livestock project leaders, equipping them with a valuable set of resources and tools from which to build and support families enrolled in a specific livestock project </li></ul><ul><li>Overall goal of the training program is for volunteers to return to their home county and work cooperatively with the County Extension Agent to provide support and leadership to the 4-H project, members and leaders, thereby enhancing the project experience for youth. </li></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  4. 4. Purpose <ul><li>Species-specific subject matter - provides volunteers an overview of the animal industry and current practices related to health, feeding, nutrition, selection, daily care and animal evaluation. </li></ul><ul><li>Youth and volunteer development - portion of training provides volunteers with information about serving in a coaching/mentoring role when working with youth and adults. </li></ul><ul><li>Topics include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ages and stages of youth development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>goal setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>developing people of character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>additional 4-H project opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>positive reinforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>useful resources and tools that the volunteer can use with families and County Extension Agents </li></ul></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  5. 5. Training <ul><li>Offered for horse, beef, swine, sheep & goat, and now small animal (poultry and rabbit) livestock projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Every year each region responsible for hosting one Livestock Mentor training with training on two species at each one </li></ul><ul><li>Regions will rotate species </li></ul><ul><li>Horse mentor training will also rotate throughout the four regions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will be offered annually </li></ul></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  6. 6. Target Audience <ul><li>Potential Livestock Mentors should be adults who are registered 4-H volunteers and have a clear interest in helping youth and families with their livestock projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted toward 4-H project leaders not new volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Want volunteers to commit time back in their county helping support youth </li></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  7. 7. Recruitment <ul><li>CEAs should work one-on-one with volunteers to recruit for the Mentor program </li></ul><ul><li>Not intent to recruit through mass media </li></ul><ul><li>Personal recruitment will help ensure the volunteer is qualified and committed to attend the training and fulfill the role and carry out the purpose of the Livestock Mentor program </li></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  8. 8. Coaching Role <ul><li>Being a good “coach” or “mentor” to youth will be heavily emphasized </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming a successful coach takes practice and patience from adult leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>Adults who are successful coaches: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>have a defined coaching philosophy and objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>understand the importance of effective communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provide positive reinforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>motivate youth </li></ul></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  9. 9. Testimonials <ul><li>Volunteers have stated the following: </li></ul><ul><li>“ That the “kid” is the project. The show animal is their project.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I was very happy to see that, with all the information and resources given, the focus of the program was on helping make our 4-H programs enrich the youth involved.” </li></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  10. 10. Cost <ul><li>Volunteer should make the commitment by personally contributing to the training </li></ul><ul><li>However, counties are encouraged to explore various avenues of garnering support to assist volunteers with the costs associated with attending the training (i.e. registration, lodging, mileage). </li></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  11. 11. Overview <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Target Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching Role </li></ul><ul><li>Testimonials </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>Texas 4-H and Youth Development