4-H VLAP Members Challenged to Champion Rural Youth

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Prof. Efren Saz advises the participants on the enhancement and updating of the 4-H VLAP handbook.

BAYBAY CITY, Leyte—Visayas State University Director for Extension Efren Saz urged officers and members of the 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association of the Philippines (4H-VLAP) to maximize the opportunities they have to champion the needs and potentials of the rural youth.

“You can make your organization a formal organization and enter partnerships with government agencies and entities. You can even become an accredited agricultural extension service,” Saz told the participants of the National Training on Organizational Management for 4-H VLAP.

Saz had this to say as he encouraged 4-H VLAP members to explore all possibilities to strengthen their initiatives for organizational management.

In a workshop, 4-H VLAP members then discussed the strengths that can be harnessed and weaknesses that can be turned into opportunities to boost their organization.

Aside from this, the group reviewed their organizational handbook for contents that need to be updated, improved, and added. By the end of the workshop, the national officers agreed to create a technical working group that will focus on the editing and updating of the handbook, to be assisted by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Central Office.

Meanwhile, Values Formation, Membership Development and Volunteerism, Organizational Communication, and Cross Generational Mentoring were also discussed by guest resource speakers as part of the training.

The participants also joined a learning journey at the Villaconzoilo Farm School in Jaro where Magsasaka Siyentista Alex Aborita also serves as school administrator.

“All the topics were very helpful. We are thankful for this activity and we look forward to another workshop where we can plan for strategies for the further development of 4-H VLAP,” one of the participants said.

The training was held at the ATI Regional Training Center VIII on July 24-27, 2018 with some 22 participants. It was spearheaded by the ATI Partnerships and Accreditation Division to capacitate 4-H VLAP members who are seen as viable partners in extending quality service to people in rural communities.

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