Date of Graduation
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Agricultural & Extension Education
Deborah A. Boone
Harry N. Boone, Jr
Jean M. Woloshuk
A descriptive research study was conducted to identify factors that influence volunteers to join the 4-H program and factors that affect their decision to leave. The objectives of the study were to evaluate factors persuading volunteers to become 4-H leaders, problems current 4-H leaders face in the organization, factors causing 4-H leaders to leave, attitudes toward current 4-H program, and persuasion factors for retention as 4-H leaders. The study indicated leaders considered the 4-H program to be effective. Intrinsic motivation of benefiting the community and helping people were considered to be the persuading factors why 4-H leaders join and continue to volunteer. 4-H leaders face problems such as time commitment, children no longer involved, and burnout. 4-H leaders are persuaded to stay through ongoing trainings, continued awareness of resources and curriculum by way of newsletters, phone calls, and e-mails that meet the needs of the 4-H leaders.
Payne, Rachael L., "Factors Influencing 4-H Leader Volunteer Recruitment and Retention in Lincoln County" (2011). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 753.