Section 23: Committee Member

This role description is intended to help make your job as committee member easier. A committee member is responsible for assisting with the planning of the 4-H and youth development program. An effective planning process will result in a high quality 4-H and youth development program.


The committee member should have an interest in serving the community and helping to meet the needs of youth. In accomplishing this task the committee member will become familiar with and work within the philosophy and policy guidelines of Penn State Extension and the 4-H program. The committee member must have a sincere interest in working with the teen and adult volunteer and professional staff in an educational setting.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Be committed to young people and their growth in all areas.
  2. Help analyze the needs and interests of county youth and volunteers.
  3. Assist with planning, conducting, evaluating, and recommending 4-H and youth educational experiences, methods, and programs that will meet the needs and interests of youth.
  4. Attend all committee meetings.
  5. Assist in the recruitment and development of appropriate 4-H and youth volunteers.
  6. Secure material resources, as needed, to conduct, promote, and expand the 4-H and youth program.
  7. Promote favorable public relations and image for the 4-H and youth programs.
  8. Inform professional extension staff concerning training needs of members or volunteers, identify resources needed to solve specific problems and/or concerns, and provide any other information or help as deemed important.
  9. Be dedicated to young people and sensitive to their abilities and needs.
  10. Encourage 4-H members’, youth’s, and parents' interest and participation.
  11. Welcome parents' ideas, assistance, cooperation, support, and attendance at 4-H and youth activities.
  12. Follow all 4-H guidelines and policies of Penn State Extension and county 4-H programs.
  13. Read 4-H and other newsletters and literature from the county extension office and keep members, youths, parents, and other volunteers informed.
  14. Participate in one or more volunteer development opportunities each year.
  15. Praise members for the progress they make.
  16. Annually complete the Building a Safe Penn State: Reporting Child Abuse training. Committee volunteers who have NO interaction at any time throughout the year are exempt from the training.


The committee member will serve the term of the committee assignment. Background clearances may be required based on level of interaction with minors.

Background clearances are required if the committee member has direct volunteer contact with minors, which is defined as the care, supervision, guidance or control of children AND routine interaction with children.

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Section 23: Committee Member

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