United Way of Central Iowa Emerging Leaders Initiative
4-H Volunteer Position Description
After School Clubs for Young Men
Work with a team of Polk County Extension and school staff to help facilitate After
School Clubs for Young Men in several school districts throughout Polk County. Help
local area young men to grow and reach their fullest potential.
Potential School Sites: Southeast Polk Junior High School, Woodside Middle School
(Saydel), Hiatt, Callanan, Merrill and Meredith Middle Schools (Des Moines Public
Length of Commitment
Serving 9 months of the year (no summer work)
Attend After School Groups for Young Men 1-4 times per month from 2:30-5:00
PM; the group may periodically meet at other times for special events.
1. To develop a caring relationship with members.
Become an advisor, guide, and mentor.
Each member is a unique individual with unique needs. Take time to listen and
visit casually with each young man.
2. To create a safe environment for members.
Help young men feel welcome and safe from physical or emotional harm.
Encourage participation and welcome the ideas of young men and parents.
Ensure adequate supervision during all after school programming.
3. To provide opportunities for young men to feel capable and experience success,
Help young men find resources to explore projects and activities.
Provide meaningful learning experiences.
Model and teach that failure or frustration is part of learning experience.
Be fair and consistent in enforcing rules and giving feedback.
4. To provide opportunities for young men to value and practice service to others.
Encourage young men to consider the feelings of others.
Encourage young men mentoring each other.
Allow young men to choose activities based on what is important to them
and their community.
5. To provide opportunities for young men to make decisions.
Provide opportunities for young men to feel they have impact over their lives.
Allow young men to make decisions about how the group functions and its
Engage members in creating a yearly group activity calendar
6. To create an inclusive environment.
Involve members in developing programming, group project work, community
service, social events, and participation in community events.
Provide continual feedback to members. Give them advice and praise.
Have members provide feedback to you. Ask members how you can help them
even more than you are now.
A sincere interest in the safety and well-being of youth.
The ability to teach and motivate youth while nurturing self-esteem, decision-
making skills, responsibility, and leadership in youth.
The ability to work with minimal supervision from professional staff.
A sincere interest in working with other volunteers and professional staff in an
A willingness to become familiar with the philosophy and guidelines of the Iowa
State University Extension, Iowa 4-H Program, and the county 4-H program.
Extension agrees to provide training that will help the volunteer meet the needs of
members and parents.
Provide appropriate educational materials.
Offer professional assistance.
Receives Counsel and Guidance from:
Polk County 4-H Program Coordinator
School site staff and teachers
4-H Youth Development Specialists
For More Information:
Marc Peterson, Polk County Extension