Extension Youth Program Coordinator
Extension youth program coordinators work as academic staff members of a county extension office, typically overseeing county 4-H clubs and youth development programs. They provide leadership, guidance and opportunities for area youth in local agriculture, their 4-H club and community.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Organize community resources in support of the development of area youth, particularly 4-H members
- Oversee and assist county or regional 4-H chapters and clubs
- Coordinate and facilitate extension and outreach programs involving K-12 students, including workshops, after-school activities, youth mentoring, special interest programs, summer camps, day camps and other activities consisting of a variety of topics and themes
- Assess activities and ensure that programming is meeting desired needs of participants and other parties of interest
- Prepare and submit county 4-H development program plans, annual reports and other required reports
- Promote 4-H and youth development programs to groups and area families to encourage and boost membership
- Create and distribute marketing and communications materials about upcoming events and initiatives
- Provide leadership for county, district and state learning activities, including livestock shows, judging contests, public speaking, educational presentations, etc.
- Manage 4-H competitions, including county fair events
- Serve on and attend 4-H committee and council meetings
- Recruit, guide and supervise volunteers for large activities and fundraisers
- Build long-term relationships with 4-H leaders, farmers, community members, stakeholders, relevant businesses and other potential area supporters and decision makers
- Budget and manage finances related to activities and expenses
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education
- consumer and family sciences
- physical education
- computer skills
- No matter the class, a focus on sciences and mathematics is necessary.
A variety of bachelor’s degrees may qualify an individual to work as an extension youth program coordinator, but recommended degrees include agricultural education, education, agriculture, agricultural communications or agricultural business. A master’s degree may be beneficial but is not required.