Early on in my first year of extension, I vividly remember remarking to someone, “I wish someone would just tell me how to be a good 4-H agent!” If someone would simply just give me a checklist, surely I could follow it!
Believe it or not, we have such a thing! (more or less).
The 4-H Professional, Research, Knowledge and Competencies study (2004) outlined the competencies a successful 4-H Agent should obtain, and gathered this list of competencies into six domains:
- Youth Development
- Youth Program Development
- Equity, Access, and Opportunity
- Organizational Systems
The complete document can be found at: http://extension.missouri.edu/hr/documents/PRKCStudy.pdf
As professionals, we are in charge of our own professional development. With that in mind you may also find the following valuable:
4-H PRKC Self-Assessment
4-H PRKC Self Assessment3 May2005 rev
4-H PRKC Professional Development Plan
4-H PRKC Planning for Prof Dev Needs Assessment April 2005(2) updated