For Potential New Volunteers
I think I want to volunteer! What do I do?
- Check it out! Learn more about the 4-H program and if it is a good fit for you. You must be 19 years old to be a volunteer and at least 21 years old to be the primary leader of a 4-H club. Teens under the age of 19 may be junior leaders but must enroll as a 4-H member.
- Decide! 4-H is for you if you have an interest in working with young people, learning along with them and helping them grow and develop.
- Contact your local 4-H Educator. Check out the office locations for the office closest to you and get the contact information for the 4-H Educator there.
- Meet with your local 4-H Educator. He or she will meet with you at your convenience to answer any questions that you have and guide you through the application process.
Great, now you have decided to share your time and talents, have fun with young people and make a positive difference in their lives!
How to Start a 4-H Club
How do I get started?
- First, you must successfully complete the application process including a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check. Your 4-H Educator will inform you when this process is complete.
- Then, you will meet with your local 4-H Educator for an orientation. He or she will assign an experienced 4-H volunteer to mentor you.
- Work with your 4-H Educator and volunteer mentor to decide on the details: the age group you will work with, projects your group will do and when and where your club will meet.
- Plan an information session for new 4-H members and their parents. That’s it—you’re on your way!