Become a Volunteer

Volunteers help make 4-H possible.

To volunteer, previous 4-H Youth Development experience is not necessary. The most important qualifications are:

  • a desire to work with young people to help them learn new things and gain life skills; and
  • providing youth positive experiences in a safe and welcoming environment.

Extension volunteers work with staff to deliver educational programs extending University resources. To volunteer, contact the 4-H Youth Development staff member in your County Extension Office.

Volunteering with 4-H has positive impact according to over 2900 volunteers who participated in the North Central Volunteer Impact Study.

  • You gain skills
    • 4-H volunteers gain skills in teaching, leading effective meetings and developing communication skills
  • The organization benefits
    • 4-H volunteers on average donate 9 hours per month
    • Donate money and supplies
    • Serve as ambassadors of 4-H in recruiting youth, volunteers and connecting with community partners
  • Volunteers impact communities where they volunteer by…
    • making communities stronger
    • connecting communities
    • improving the health of communities
    • increasing civic involvement.

Ways to Volunteer

  • In 4-H there are many ways to volunteer.
    • All volunteers work with youth and adult volunteers in offering a positive youth development experience for young people
    • Check out specific volunteer opportunities below.

Activity/Event Volunteer

  • Provide leadership/organization for an activity or event and/or participate as a committee member

Adult Advisor/Chaperone 

Work with a team of adult advisors and 4-H Youth Development staff to ensure youth have a safe and positive educational experience

Club Enrollment Coordinator

  • Provide leadership for members and adult volunteers who are enrolling in the club or group organization

Club Leader

  • Includes: Club leader, Co-organizational Leader, Co-General Leader, Organizational Leader, and General Leader
  • Provide leadership to the club or group organization

Committee Volunteer

  • Provide leadership for a committee and/or participate as a member of a committee
  • Create educational experiences for all youth engaged in the program

Project Leader 

  • Provide leadership and organization to the project group who is learning about a specific topic. For example: photography, arts, foods, community service, rocketry and robotics, gardening, rabbits, dairy, etc.

Required Training:

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

For more information and an application to volunteer, contact the 4-H Youth Development staff member in your County Extension Office.

Learn strategies to teach and lead effective meetings ● Connect with community partners ● Develop personal and interpersonal communication skills  ● Increase confidence ● Learn problem solving skills ● Practice time management ● Gain technical skills that are transferable to professional work environments ● Contribute to the positive development of youth in your community