According to Cornell Universitys Cooperative Extension State 4-H office, Current research emphasizes the importance of giving young people opportunities for long-term, consistent relationships with adults other than parents. Last year (2005) in New York State more than 15,800 4-H volunteers helped more than 458,000 young people gain leadership experience, learn new life skills, and give back to their communities. Source: Cornell University Cooperative Extension 2006 4-H Annual Report. On Thursday, Nov. 29 starting at 6:30p.m., the new 4-H Team staff in Warren County will provide a 4-H Club leaders training for new volunteers who are unfamiliar with 4-H policies and for established leaders who would like to review the new policies and forms. This training session will allow new club leaders and established club leaders to meet the new 4-H Team staff and to have any questions they may have answered. For those who are just entertaining the thought of becoming a 4-H Club Leader are more than welcome to attend this training. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a new 4-H club leader, you must attend this required training that will cover all aspects of starting a club, running meetings, finding youth, and program materials you might need. You do not have to have children to become a leader, perhaps you have a niece or nephew, grandchildren, students, or other established group of youth who could benefit from the opportunities 4-H programs can provide. The training will take approximately one and half hours and about a half hour to answer questions attendees may have. In addition to this free training, potential leaders are required to complete a volunteer application, 4-H leader enrollment form, and submit to a standard background check to assure the safety of youth in our community. These forms will be sent to you prior to the training so you can complete and return them. Again, all of these requirements are free, as is 4-H youth enrollment at this time. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged so that the 4-H Team staff can have the correct amount of materials for the training. Please call 668-4881 to pre-register. If you can not make it to this training, please let us know in which town you reside so we can plan future trainings. Questions should be directed to John Bowe or Shawn Lynch.