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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 Charles Go (Co-Chair)
Phone 510-963-0659
Unit: Alameda County
Location: University of California Cooperative Extension – Alameda County
224 W. Winton Avenue
Rm 134
Hayward, 94544
Name Car Mun Kok (Co-Chair)
Phone 707-263-6838
Unit: Lake County
Membership List
CE Advisor
Espinoza, Dorina Humboldt County Office
  Youth, Families and Communities Advisor Positive Youth Development Nutrition Education Food Preservation
Go, Charles Alameda County
  4-H Youth Development Advisor - Alameda and Contra Costa Counties Applied research and extension of knowledge in the areas of fostering and implementing programs that focus on youth life skills development and working with communities to build capacities to support youth development.
Kok, Car Mun Lake County
  4-H Youth Development Program Advisor
Marshall-Wheeler, Nicole Colusa 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
Schmitt-McQuitty, Lynn Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program
  Statewide 4-H Director Positive Youth Development, Youth Science Literacy, Leadership
CE Specialist
Smith, Martin Veterinary Medicine Extension
  Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Youth Scientific Literacy Youth science education; scientific literacy; curriculum development; educator professional development; inquiry-based learning; experiential learning
Other ANR
Coyne, Marisa UC Master Gardener Program
  Academic Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement UC Master Gardener Statewide Program
Frazell, Julie Lake County
  4-H Youth Development Program Representative Lake County 4-H Program Management
Hofmann-Lurz, Lorin Monterey County
  4-H Youth Development Program Representative II
Iaccopucci, Anne Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program
  4-H Healthy Living Academic Coordinator II
Miner, Gemma Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program
  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 Members13
ANR Members13
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