V.I.P. Fact Sheets for Volunteers

Facts for Very Important People, 4-H Leaders and Penn State Extension Volunteers.

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Section 01: Welcome to 4-H

We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about the Pennsylvania 4-H Youth Development program and in becoming a 4-H volunteer.

Section 02: Understanding Penn State Extension and 4-H

For more than 100 years, Pennsylvanians have relied on Penn State Extension for up-to-date information and new ways to solve individual and community programs.  Extension programs are funded cooperatively by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and county governments.

Section 03: Mission and Philosophy of 4-H and Youth Programs

Helping young people become self-directed, productive and contributing members of a diverse society.

Section 04: Who can Belong to 4-H?

4-H membership is open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 18 without regard to ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation or place of residence.

Section 05: Volunteer Application and Screening

In 1991, Penn State Extension began a volunteer screening process to provide a safe environment for youth participating in its programs.

Section 06: Risk Management

The following information was prepared by the State 4-H Program Leader to inform you about the liability insurance coverage provided by Penn State Extension for 4-H volunteers and members.

Section 07: Transportation and Emergency Medical Treatment

Volunteers should obtain written permission from parents before transporting 4-H members or other youth in personal or commercial vehicles to any activity or event, including club field trips and county, regional or state activities.

Section 08: Chaperoning Standards

Section 09: Reporting Child Abuse

Section 10: Codes of Conduct

Section 11: Financial Facts 4-H Club Fundraising

Section 12: Financial Guidelines for Treasurer and Leader

Section 14: Authorization To Use 4-H Name and Emblem

Section 15: Bill of Rights

Section 16: Volunteer Agreement

Section 17: Organization Leader

Section 18: Project Leader

This role description is intended to help make your job as a 4-H project leader easier.

Section 19: Activity Leader

This role description is intended to help make your job as activity leader easier.

Section 20: Committee Member

This role description is intended to help make your job as committee member easier.

Section 21: Dear Parent

Section 22: Designing the First 4-H Meeting

Section 23: 4-Meeting Outline 

Section 24: Leader Ideas for Meetings

Section 25: Helping Other Volunteers Get Involved

Section 26: Opportunities for 4-H Members

Section 27: Opportunities for 4-H Leaders

Section 28: Sexual Harassment

Section 29: Social Media Guidelines