Become a 4-H Volunteer

Volunteers help make 4-H possible.

In order to volunteer, previous 4-H Youth Development experience is not necessary. The most important qualification is a desire to work with young people, helping them gain life skills and providing them positive experiences. Please consider sharing your time and talents!  Volunteers extend the resources of UW-Extension as they work with staff to deliver educational programs. Volunteering is a privilege.

Types of Volunteers

Project Volunteer – Share your skills, talents and special interests in a single project area. For example: photography, arts, foods, community service, rocketry and robotics, gardening, rabbits, dairy, etc.

4-H Club Team Volunteer – Provides 4-H club leadership.  Can be an individual, a team, or a group of people that have specific roles that fulfill the 4-H Club Leader responsibilities. Team members can be a youth-adult partnership.

Youth Volunteer – 4-H member who develops leadership skills and teaches other 4-H members. Serve as a youth leader, camp counselor, committee chair, etc.

Short Term Volunteer  – Teach a special interest program, and/or assist a 4-H group with a special project.

Afterschool / School Enrichment Volunteer – Teach a short-term 4-H curriculum to a class (or classes) of school children.

In addition, 4-H volunteers have the opportunity to provide additional support to the program as:

Chaperones  – for 4-H youth development experiences must have completed the Youth Protection Process; be enrolled 4-H volunteer leaders and be over 21 years of age (for some experiences adults must be over 25).

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

  1. Decide what type of volunteer you would like to be
  2. Choose a club and/or project
  3. Contact Sky Holt (4-H/Youth Development Programs, 715-634-4839, sky.holt@ces.uwex.edu) to finalize details and discuss any issues or questions.
  4. Enroll through 4Honline

*All adult volunteers 18 and older are required to complete the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Protection program, which includes:

  • a background check for arrest and conviction records
  • participation in the Volunteers in Preparation Training
  • annually signing the Extension Volunteer Behavior Expectations
  • completing the Mandated Reporter Training.
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