is non-formal education program for boys and girls ages 5-19. Its practical
life skills education in science and technology, healthy lifestyles and
citizenship can reach any kid ... anywhere ... any time through 4-H clubs, special
interest programs, after-school programs and events. 4-H volunteers can utilize
their strengths and interests in determining when, where and how 4-H
"learn-by-doing" activities take place.
With the guidance of 4-H volunteers, youth:
Learn through hands on experiences
Prepare, do and share their project work with others
Develop leadership & citizenship skills
Build connections with others – both youth & adult
Give back to the community
and more, youth need the values, skills and guidance 4-H offers. As a 4-H
volunteer, you are supported by our staff through Cornell University Cooperative
People volunteer for 4-H for many reasons. One obvious benefit is to help guide and counsel our country's future citizens and leaders. You'll also grow as a person, develop new leadership skills, meet new friends and make a difference in your community!
There are many different roles adult volunteers can play:
Organizational Leader - organizes and maintains their club structure.Responsible for record keeping including enrollment, re-enrollment, membership updates.
Assistant or Co-Leader - assists the Organizational Leader with the club management duties.May also lead projects.
Project Leader - leads or teaches projects and sees that members complete the necessary steps of the specific project.A project leader may teach more than one project.A club may have more than one project leader.
Resource Leader – teaches a specific project to 4-H clubs and/or 4-H volunteers.These volunteers are not attached to any specific club but offer their expertise across the county.
Event Coordinator – organizes a specific event or group of events.This event can be at the county, regional or state level. Will work within the guidelines of the event.
How to Get Started as a Volunteer
All volunteers begin with a required New Volunteer Orientation with 4-H staff – takes about 1 hour; next with a signed consent form, our office conducts background screening and reference checks.The final step for a 4-H Leader is a club management training.Additionally, we offer ongoing guidance with 4-H staff are provided. Volunteers are notified about activities coming up through our bi-monthly newsletter Key Notes. Also the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office is your resource for project materials.
Our 4-H volunteers make a difference in the lives Washington County youth!
Last updated November 30, 2017