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.
- Provide leadership/organization for an activity or event and/or participate as a committee member
Work with a team of adult advisors and 4-H Youth Development staff to ensure youth have a safe and positive educational experience
- Adults interested in state level chaperone and coordination responsibilities must complete an Adult Advisor Application
- State level experiences may include: Citizenship Washington Focus, Space Camp, National 4-H Congress.
- 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).
- Provide leadership for members and adult volunteers who are enrolling in the club or group organization
- Includes: Club leader, Co-organizational Leader, Co-General Leader, Organizational Leader, and General Leader
- Provide leadership to the club or group organization
- Provide leadership for a committee and/or participate as a member of a committee
- Create educational experiences for all youth engaged in the program
- 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.
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-Madison Extension Volunteer Behavior Expectations
- 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.
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