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Developing Volunteer Capacities

Summary Definition: Our approach towards volunteer development takes a comprehensive view to building and sustaining volunteer capacity: knowledge, skills, disposition, and sense of self. We believe that all organization-individual interactions are opportunities for volunteers to advance toward individual, as well as organizational goals, and therefore to strengthen University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Statewide Program extension efforts.

Purpose: Recognizing that volunteers are integral to the success of UC ANR Programs, the purpose of the workgroup is to increase volunteers’ capacity through the collaborative efforts of workgroup members.


- Establish and meet benchmarks, competencies, and best practices in Extension volunteerism, which will inform consistent professional development opportunities.

- Provide researched-based curriculum, resources, tools, evaluations, etc. that help the organization meet aforementioned benchmarks.

- Meet the diverse needs of UC ANR volunteers, experienced and new, by creating ways to interact with and support them.

- Consistently address UC ANR strategic initiatives focused on positive youth development, home horticulture, preservation, etc. through activities in core content areas (e.g., scientific literacy, citizenship, healthy living).

- Extend knowledge through research and development generated by workgroup activities.

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
Membership List
CE Advisor
Espinoza, Dorina Humboldt County Office
  Youth, Families and Communities Advisor Positive Youth Development, Nutrition Education, Food Preservation, Food Systems with a focus on emergency response
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
Other ANR
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
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
Membership Totals
Number of Members5
ANR Members5
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