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Preparing for Success: Strategies for Training Teenage Volunteers

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Teenagers—with their ideas, energy, and willingness to contribute to their communities—are a rich and sometimes untapped volunteer force for many organizations. Not only are teens the volunteers of our future, they have gifts to offer today. 

What must we consider when working with young volunteers? How can we train teens to set the stage for success? Using the successful 4-H Youth Experiences in Science Project (4-H YES Project) as a case study, this Training Designs by Marianne Bird and Sue Manglallan explores what works to bring young volunteers into the fold and explains how to develop training specifically for teens.