Helping youth thrive

During this time of social distancing, it is hard not meeting in person with our 4-H members, families and volunteers. We want to continue to support our 4-H'ers with learning and leading opportunities. The Helping Youth Thrive series provides videos, guides and activities for volunteers to use when connecting with youth.

Documents for this training are in this Helping Youth Thrive Google Drive folder (staff only)

Creating connections virtually

Explore some virtual tools to help you feel more comfortable connecting online

Creating connections virtually (60 minute recording)

Guide for staying connected. Plan how to connect with youth when you can't meet in person

Keeping young people safe online checklist

Creating connections virtually - help guides for Zoom, links to activities

Supporting teens through this challenging time

Help teens stay resilient and hopeful

Supporting teens webinar recording (60 minutes)

Parenting teens during COVID-19 article from Extension Family Development

4-H @ home web page

Empathy blog post and podcast by Karyn Santl

Building developmental relationships during COVID-19 - Checklist from Search Institute

Self-care and mindfulness

Cultivate moments of being fully present and at peace

Mindfulness webinar recording (30 minutes)

Mindfulness with kindness 2 minute video

Taking charge of your health and wellbeing article

4-H @ home web page

Supporting growth and learning

Facilitate conversations with intentional questions to encourage youth to dig deeper

Supporting growth and learning webinar recording (60 minutes)

Experiential learning guide for judges, volunteers, mentors and coaches

Am I foaming at the mouth? - STEM learning lab lesson

Problem solving during a club meeting activity guide


Carrie Olson,, 320-589-1711