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 Extension as they work with staff to deliver educational programs. Volunteering is a privilege.
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 UW-Extension Volunteer Behavior Expectations or (Spanish version here)
- completing the Mandated Reporter Training.
For more information and an application to volunteer, contact the 4-H Youth Development staff member in your County Extension Office.
Ways to Volunteer
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.
- Youth and adults are invited to submit a seminar proposal for teaching at the Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference.
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:
Adult Advisors – are 4-H volunteers who have a combination of chaperone and coordination responsibilities for 4-H Youth Development experiences. This may include Citizenship Washington Focus, Space Camp, National 4-H Congress. Adults interested in these experiences must complete the Adult Advisor Application.
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).