How to Become a 4-H Volunteer

When you volunteer to become a 4-H leader, you reap so many rewards, not only for yourself, but also for 4-H members, and your community.

With the wide variety of programs offered through 4-H, you can get involved in an activity or club that interests you and develop your skills while you enrich the lives of the youth you work with.

Why should I consider becoming a leader?

  • You are needed to help youth become better citizens
  • You will learn a great deal about young people, leadership, and yourself
  • You will enjoy serving and making friends with young people through 4-H
  • You can share your skills, talents, and hobbies with young people

What kinds of leaders are there?

  • Organizational Leaders are key to organizing and directing the 4-H group or club
  • Project Leaders teach 4-H'ers in specific project areas
  • Activity Leaders guide the 4-H member with demonstrations, exhibiting, recreation, etc.
  • Teen Leaders assist the leaders by helping the younger 4-H'ers with projects, activities, etc.

How much time must I commit?

You will work with the cooperative extension professional in your county to determine the amount of time you will need to successfully deliver the program you choose.

A Special Message from the Associate Director, 4-H Youth Development Programs