Will natural resources professionals volunteer to teach youth?

Sanford S. Smith, James Craig Finley, Gary J. San Julian

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Abstract

A unique approach to volunteer marketing research involved a mail survey with natural resources professionals from across Pennsylvania. Previous work identified this group as a source of potential volunteers for the 4-H youth natural resources program. The results give insights into those most likely to volunteer to teach youth through 4-H programs. Self-percieved confidence with youth, confidence in knowledge about natural resources, and personal interest in the specific subject matter to be taught were key factors predicting willingness. Additionally, a need to fulfill feelings of social responsibility and high levels of outdoor activity were also important predictors. This study demonstrates the value of surveying and working with a specific population of potential volunteers to determine their promise for volunteer involvement and program expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-86
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Environmental Education and Communication
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

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  • Environmental Science(all)

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Smith, Sanford S. ; Finley, James Craig ; San Julian, Gary J. / Will natural resources professionals volunteer to teach youth?. In: Applied Environmental Education and Communication. 2010 ; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 78-86.
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