August 23, 2017

Volunteers Needed To Lead Horse Project Clubs For 4-H Youth Program

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Walpole – Adult volunteers are needed for a couple of hours each month to serve as 4-H club leaders in horse care and management in Bristol and Norfolk Counties. The role of a 4-H volunteer leader is to provide skills from your own area of expertise while developing a meaningful relationship with youth. 4-H members will learn about horses at club meetings as well as at state 4-H horse workshops and events. In addition, 4-H members have fun competing in educational contests at the county, state and even national level. While 4-H is not a riding instruction program, members do sometimes ride horses as part of 4-H their activities and 4-H does sponsor horse shows. The goal of the 4-H program is to help youth, ages 5 to 18, become competent, caring adults through positive mentoring, learning how to take community action, and increasing their sense of self-esteem, responsibility, fairness, trust and decision making techniques. The 4-H office provides training, resource materials, activity curriculum and support for all our volunteers.
“We need people who have an interest in spending time with young people and who want to learn alongside them,” says Jay Field, Extension 4-H Educator for Bristol and Norfolk Counties. For more information on how you can make an impact on the youth in your community, contact the 4-H office at (508) 668-9793 or by email at jfield@umext.umass.edu to discuss how you can make a difference, be a part of a productive 4-H team and spend quality time with youngsters. 4-H is an outreach education program of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in cooperation with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Check out our website at www.mass4h.org.

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