The University of Georgia (UGA) has a training requirement for adults working with youth. To meet this requirement for Georgia 4-H and Extension Master Gardener volunteers, a standardized online training module was created and delivered across program areas. Volunteers were surveyed to evaluate training effectiveness and experience. Understanding of UGA youth protocols and service preparedness increased after training for both volunteer groups, though preparedness may be affected by life stage, engagement in youth service roles, and/or comfort with virtual training. The module was considered accessible and convenient by respondents, thus providing a successful approach for offering trainings across program areas.
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Hobbs, K. G., & Dorn, S. (2023). Increasing Extension Volunteer Knowledge and Preparedness with Youth Protection Training Across Program Areas. The Journal of Extension, 61(3), Article 5. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.61.03.05