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Kentucky 4-H Livestock Volunteer Certification Program

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4-H livestock programs and projects may seem to be about animals, but in reality they are about kids.  Young people are very important to us and we want to make sure that we provide the very best educational experience that we can.  For most, animal-related programs and projects will provide a variety of life lessons which will positively impact them for the rest of their lives, no matter what career path they choose to follow.  For a few, an animal science project will lead to a career.  While it is important for youth in livestock programs and projects to gain a basic understanding of selection and evaluation, animal anatomy, daily care, nutrition, reproduction, and marketing, it's the learning from hands-on experience---making decisions, seeing the results, and accepting the responsibility for the care of a living animal---where lives of youth are changed forever.

In an effort to make sure that every young person involved in a 4-H animal science program or project has the best possible learning experience, Kentucky 4-H developed and implemented the Kentucky 4-H Livestock Volunteer Certification Program.  This program put in place a system of "certification" for 4-H volunteers that work with livestock programs and projects.  In order for a county to offer livestock  programs and projects through 4-H, at least one volunteer per county club/group must attend a Certification Workshop and complete specialized trained.  That volunteer must then continue to hone their knowledge and skills in youth development and subject matter training through annual continuing education to continue as a "Certified Volunteer".  This program is a step towards providing the finest educational experience for youth that we can.

 

Click on the publication title below to learn more about the Kentucky 4-H Livestock Volunteer Certification Program.  This document provides the guidelines and policies for the program.

Kentucky 4-H Livestock/Horse Volunteer Certification Program Guidelines (pdf)

 

Below are the various forms pertaining to obtaining approval for and documenting recertification training that are needed by County Extension Agent and the Certified Volunteer Leader.  Please refer to the publication Kentucky 4-H Livestock/Horse Volunteer Certification Program (web link above) for the appropriate use of these forms.

Approval Request Form for Recertification Training (pdf)

Recertification Training Form (pdf)


Below are the dates and locations for the Kentucky 4-H Livestock Volunteer Certification Workshops that are scheduled for 2014.  Workshops will begin not later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday (local time) and end not later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (local time).  Please contact your local County Extension Agent for assistance in registering for one of these workshops.

September 26-27, 2014
Barren River State Resort Park
1149 State Park Road
Lucas, KY 42156
800-325-0057

Registration due in the State 4-H Office by September 5

November 21-22, 2014
General Butler State Resort Park
1608 Highway 227

Carrollton, KY 41008
866-462-8853
Registration due in the State 4-H Office by October 31

*Registration fee for workshop is $120 per person and includes meals, breaks, meeting facilities, materials, electronic copies of curriculum manuals, user fees, and surcharges.

 

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