Join- Adult Volunteer Leaders Needed!
How to Apply
Fill out the Volunteer Interest Survey
Register yourself in the CA 4-H Online Enrollment System and complete online training
Once you have registered in Step 2, you'll be emailed instructions for creating a profile in eXtension, where you'll complete your online training. Be advised there are different instructions for new & returning volunteers.
After registering yourself online, please provide your community club leader your insurance fees ($16), and a printout of the health and medical form you've completed online. Acceptable payment methods include cash, check, or cashier's check made payable to your home club.
You will need to complete a Livescan fingerprint, even if you've already completed this for another job/volunteer position. By subscribing to our newsletter, you can stay up to date on when Livescan will be provided free of charge, otherwise you'll need to complete on your own. To complete your own Livescan, please email email@example.com for required paperwork.
Once we can verify registration, required trainings, and the clearance of the Livescan background check, you will be formally approved in the online system.
Volunteers Are the Heart of 4-H
Inspiring young minds to think critically and creatively.. Witnessing the tears of a victory.. Receiving a thank-you hug for years of caring.. Even a simple smile on a young person's face is often enough to remind 4-H volunteers of the good they are doing.
There are more than 20,000 adult volunteers in California, and 518,000 volunteers nation-wide. Supported by 4-H staff, these volunteers help youth develop into responsible, self-directed, productive citizens of the world.
Volunteer leaders are a key component of the 4-H program, which focuses on citizenship, leadership, and life skills development using a "learn-by-doing" educational model. 4-H is unique in its pursuit of effective youth-adult partnerships. These partnerships ensure that both youth and adults grow together in shared responsibility and decision-making. This 4-H volunteer echoes a common sentiment, stating, "As a 4-H leader, I have truly received as much from the program as my children have."
In addition to making a difference in the lives of young people, volunteers have many opportunities for their own personal and professional development through the 4-H Youth Development Program. As one volunteer said, "The most memorable aspect of being a 4-H volunteer leader is the quality of the 4-H program as an education vehicle. I grew in self confidence and have since gone back to school to complete a Masters degree and teaching credential."
No matter your background or expertise, you can join the 4-H community. As a parent, a project leader, or in any other leadership capacity, you can offer your unique talents and perspectives.
Training Resources & Forms
- New Leader's Digest
- Experiential Learning- Processing Questions
- Learning by Doing Approach to Life Skill Dev.
- CA State 4-H Video Orientation
- 4-H Safe Spaces Training
- Complete List of CA 4-H Resources for Project Leaders
- Complete List of CA 4-H Club Leader Resources
Misc Forms & Docs