Great news! When 4-H club experiences must go virtual for safety or convenience reasons, an opportunity awaits for volunteers to extend their role as a caring adult and provide 4-H experiences online. Here are some resources to equip volunteers in making virtual 4-H Club meetings and other 4-H experiences when connecting with youth and families online.
First, decide on a technology platform. Start by getting familiar with the different virtual platforms. Consider using Zoom. It is free and currently supported by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Here are some tips for getting started using Zoom:
Not comfortable with technology? Empower a youth member or another volunteer to operate the virtual platform allowing you to focus on the meeting components, or contact your local Extension office for technology assistance.
Be flexible and understanding of club members. Be prepared and stay flexible while youth get connected to the virtual meeting. Use the Zoom guidelines provided. Be prepared to offer technical assistance with joining the meeting or connecting audio or video. Respect the privacy of youth if they do not prefer to turn on their cameras.