Spin your way into something new

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By Cathy Toole

4-H special interest — SPIN — clubs are a way for a group of youth to learn a new skill or hobby that excites or intrigues them.

In SPIN clubs, 4-H’ers are guided by at least one caring adult volunteer who has a strong interest in the same topic. The possibilities for types of clubs are really endless. A gardener might form a 4-H Garden Club to teach children to plant and care for a small vegetable garden.  A consumer-wise shopper might teach youth to watch store ads or clip coupons before making purchases.  A person who is passionate about photography might like to lead the 4-H Photography Club. Engineers at a local manufacturing plant might start a 4-H Robotics Club.  

One thing that makes a 4-H SPIN clubs attractive to youth and potential volunteers is that it usually meets four or more times in a short period of time rather than throughout the year. For example, a robotics club might meet once a week for six weeks or twice a week for three weeks. This allows busy adults and youth involved in athletics or other extracurricular activities to also participate in a 4-H club.

SPIN clubs need at least five members. As with other 4-H clubs, members elect officers who conduct a short business meeting at the start of each group get-together.

Volunteering is a great way to share your interests with others and help young people develop essential leadership skills that they’ll need as adults.


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