4-H volunteers are older youth and adults working together to make a difference in the lives of young people. Volunteers are critical partners to the overall success of 4-H and making a difference in the lives of young people.
4-H relies on caring, active adults to provide hands-on guidance and mentoring to build confidence, leadership and a sense of responsibility in young people who participate in 4-H. As partners with UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development, the volunteer/organization relationship is mutually beneficial. On the one hand, the volunteer experience provides the individual volunteer with an opportunity to help others through a formalized role and to experience personal growth and development. At the same time, UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development benefits from and relies upon a corps of trained volunteers to help in carrying out our mission.
There are a wide variety of opportunities for adults to volunteer including leading youth in a specific project area in your club or at the county level; helping plan and supervise a club activity; serving as a chaperone at summer camp; teaching a session at project discovery days; serving on a county project committee or the 4-H Board of Directors; or supervising youth working in the Dairyland Stand or Raffle Booth during the county fair. With a variety of flexible options, adults can decide on their level of involvement, based on their skills and time available.
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 Volunteer in Preparation Training
- annually signing the UW-Extension Volunteer Behavior Expectations or (Spanish version here)
- completing the Mandated Reporter Training (Instructions for Accessing Online Mandated Reporter Training for 4-H Volunteers)
You will find additional resources and information about becoming a 4-H Volunteer on the Volunteer page of the Wisconsin 4-H website.
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. Volunteers extend the resources of UW-Extension as they work with staff to deliver educational programs. If you have any questions regarding becoming a 4-H Volunteer Leader, please contact the UW-Extension office at 715-539-1072 and we will be happy to assist you.
Interested in becoming a Judge? Please go to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Fair and Show Page