National 4-H Council this week received $500,000 from Monsanto to drive the continued expansion of the National 4-H Volunteer Initiative. The new grant will fund continued outreach to attract and retain 4-H volunteers in nearly 40 states along with new pilot programs in Illinois and Iowa.
The National 4-H Volunteer Initiative provides 4-H's network of more than 540,000 existing volunteers with an extensive hands-on training experience. Core training delivery modes consist of forum events that allow 4-H volunteers to learn program information and share best practices.
"With the generous support of Monsanto, 4-H can continue to recruit and build an extensive network of well-trained volunteers, who can inspire youth for a lifetime," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. "Volunteers have always been the key to helping support high-quality, positive youth development to our nation's youth."
In 2013, in addition to outreach in 39 states, new programs will be tested in Illinois and Iowa for potential national replication in the future. Monsanto also has sponsored the online volunteer management training Everyone Ready for the past three years.
"Monsanto is proud to be a long-time supporter of National 4-H Council, and we are pleased to honor the dedicated volunteers who serve as caring mentors, engaging and inspiring youth across America to be successful leaders," said Elizabeth Vancil, customer advocacy outreach manager, Monsanto.