Volunteering in 4-H
4-H enrollment begins July 1st each program year and is conducted by the 4-H office in each county.
Current (active for the last program year) 4-H Adult Volunteers:
Important: Adults must re-enroll each 4-H Program year to remain active. A break in service requires member to begin the enrollment process as a new volunteer.
Adults are eligible to apply to be a 4-H Volunteer at 18 years or older, but cannot overlap if they are enrolled as a youth member.
Chaperones must be 21 years of age or older.
Current Volunteers need to re-enroll and turn in the necessary forms and fees each year to stay current. Click here to ENROLL NOW. (If volunteers fail to enroll for a year they will need to re-fingerprint and go through the orientation process when re-enrolling. So volunteers are encouraged to enroll and pay the fee if they are only planning on taking a year off.)
New Volunteers need to complete this process:
- Complete the enrollment process, ENROLL NOW, and turn in the forms and fees.
- Attend the Volunteer Leader Orientation - Your local 4-H Program Representative will contact you to schedule an orientation date or notify you of future orientation in-house dates. Plus the 4-H State office has a new Volunteer Training online courses in the eXtension system. This interactive training series introduces you to the best practices in positive youth development that are used in 4-H. You will receive the login instructions after you complete and submit your 4hOnline profile. The trainings are available in English. Spanish training is coming soon!
- Receive fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice - Each entity requesting your fingerprints has their own reporting number, this is why you must fingerprint for any organization when working with children.
- See the Volunteering with UCCE webpage for fingerprint forms.
4-H Wants You!
We are currently seeking volunteers to donate 2-3 hours a month helping youth explore their spark and passion. Being a 4-H volunteer is a rewarding experience for both the adult and the youth. Initial commitment is a few hours of training about learning styles and teaching techniques, fingerprinting, and an annual enrollment fee ($18 for 2017/2018). (continue reading...)