Will natural resources professionals volunteer to teach youth?

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

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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
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Communication
  • General Environmental Science


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