- Author: Gemma Miner
Dear 4-H Volunteer,
Thank you for your dedication, courage and your conviction, for bringing your sense of adventure to share and learn alongside the youth that you mentor.
Thank you for your willingness to try new things, even if they're a little scary—like hosting meetings virtually, or videotaping yourself giving some guidance or demonstration.
Thank you for your compassion and your awareness, for seeing the need and responding. Thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge to help improve lives and build the capacity of youth to learn and grow. This has never been more important.
Thank you for providing opportunities and education – and for knowing that the experiences you share, and the people you help, teach you more than you could have imagined.
Thank you for your patience, respect and perseverance. But most of all thank you for your kindness, and for being the inspiration youth need you to be, in order for them to thrive.
Whether you are a youth volunteer or an adult volunteer, your dedication and support is priceless.
You and I may never know the exact, direct impact you made to help propel a youth member toward a successful life—but that, my friend, is your true purpose. It is your dedication, contribution, talent, time and gifts that make 4-H the amazing organization that it is.
On behalf of the University of California Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program, we thank you for your dedication to help youth lead happy, healthy, thriving lives.
Academic Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement