girl with bow4-H projects and activities rely on trained volunteers to provide leadership and work with youth as partners in learning. Volunteering is an opportunity for you to share your personal interests by demonstrating expertise

in subjects as varied as robotics, food and nutrition, public speaking, agriculture and more. In 4-H, you can use your experience and skills to help a young person find their own passion.

Time working with 4-H youth, is time well spent.

Research shows that 4‑H helps young people excel beyond their peers. The 4‑H Study of Positive Youth Development, conducted by Tufts University, explores the impact that participation in 4‑H has on youth.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteer Leaders are organizers, teachers and mentors to the youth in the 4-H program. Leaders work with Extension to create educational programming through club meetings, community service projects, events, activities, and learning-by-doing projects. Leaders give of their time and resources while working with the local 4-H Extension Agent to create programs in their community. To be a 4-H Volunteer Leader, you must be 19 years of age and have completed the  4-H Enrollment Volunteer Leader Application, 4-H Volunteer Disclosure and Consent Form,  4-H Volunteer Agreement and Standards of Behavior,  pass the leaders certification process, and be approved by MSU Extension. Leaders under 21 cannot chaperone youth on overnight trips. Re-enrolling 4-H volunteers must complete a Personal Background form annually. Check with the local county extension staff for more information on becoming a leader.

There are a wide range of roles to choose from, all with varied levels of commitment.

The Club Leader provides administrative support for the 4-H community clubs.

Project or program volunteers have expertise in particular project areas which they teach to participants, parents/guardians, or special interest groups. 

Activity or event volunteers provide leadership within a specific, short-term project or activity.

Resource volunteers have expertise in club organization, planning and conducting activities, or specialized subjects relating to the program. Local programs can benefit from the support of event planning, accounting, fundraising and variety of other professions.

Other adult volunteers - Help with transportation, management, or recruitment. They may also serve as elected or appointed officers or committee members for the county council.