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Developing Volunteer Capacities (DVC)


The UC ANR Developing Volunteer Capacities (DVC) Workgroup recognizes that professionals provide the youth development framework and program priorities for volunteer educators and other extenders who bring knowledge, experience, and passion to work with clientele. The workgroup takes a comprehensive view to building and sustaining adult volunteer capacity, considering knowledge, skills, attitudes, disposition, and sense of self.

- Establish and meet benchmarks, competencies, and best practices in Extension volunteerism, which will inform consistent professional development opportunities to ensure adult volunteer educators have the knowledge and skills to facilitate youth development and experiential learning that are grounded in the 4-H Thriving Model of PYD and culturally relevant practices.
- Provide researched-based curriculum, resources, tools, evaluations, etc. that help the organization meet aforementioned benchmarks.
- Meet the diverse needs of 4-H adult volunteers, experienced and new, by creating ways to interact with and support them; emphasize development of web-based volunteer educator development/certification system.
- Prepare 4-H professionals to provide sustained professional development to 4-H adult volunteer educators to improve capabilities in delivering high-quality positive youth development programs based on content from the Volunteer Educators’ Guide (2023), including youth development practices from the 4-H Thriving Model of PYD; teaching practices (pedagogy), including experiential learning and inquiry-based learning; and intercultural competence, inclusiveness, and program expansion; and engaging with diverse youth and communities.

Workgroup Chair Information
Name Steven Worker (Chair)
Phone (415) 761-1020
Unit: Marin County
Location: Cooperative Extension Marin County
1682 Novato Boulevard
Suite 150-B
Novato, 94947
Name Matthew Rodriguez (Co-Chair)
Phone 530-889-7391
Unit: Placer-Nevada Counties
Membership List
CE Advisor
Marshall-Wheeler, Nicole Butte County
  4-H Youth Development Advisor
Miller, JoLynn Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Central Sierra Director & 4-H Youth Development Advisor Volunteer Development, Experiential Learning, Program Planning, Working with Incarcerated Youth, Youth Retention Study
Nathaniel, Keith Los Angeles County
  County Director & 4-H Youth Development Advisor Adolescent Development; Educational Planning; Social Capital and Community Networks
Rodriguez, Matthew Placer-Nevada Counties
  4-H Youth Development Advisor (Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Yuba) Family science and father-child involvement.
Worker, Steven Marin County
  4-H Youth Development Advisor Educational research; design and research of out-of-school (informal) learning environments; positive youth development; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education
Other ANR
Bullard, Vera M. Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  UC 4-H Regional Program Coordinator - Region 6Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Tuolumne) ( 4-H Youth Development Program
Cho, Zeva Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program
  4-H Statewide Program Manager
Henkens, Jen Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  4-H CE Supervisor 1 - Region 5 (Sacramento, Solano, Yolo)
Hernandez, Araceli
  Staff Services Technician - 4H Program Rep
Miner, Gemma Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program
  4-H Academic Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement Youth Development; Experiential Education; Outdoor Program Administration and Accreditation; Volunteerism
Nayak, Roshan Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program
  4-H Evaluation Coordinator
Weaver, Susan Santa Clara County
  4-H Youth Development Program Regional Coordinator, Region 7 Youth Leadership Development, Juntos 4-H, Teens as Teachers, In-school programs, Youth camps, Mentor development, Professional Development for educators.
Membership Totals
Number of Members12
ANR Members12
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