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Adult, teen and college student volunteers play a very key role in 4-H Youth Development and are as diverse as the population of the state. As a volunteer you can serve on program committee, provide leadership to 4-H Clubs or guidance on program direction for 4-H in New York State.  Volunteers are valued and recognized by staff and administration.

When my child joins 4-H, do I have to become a leader?
Parents don't have to become 4-H leaders when their child joins 4-H, but most leaders appreciate the assistance of a parent or other adults. This help can range from being a project leader, to driving members to activities, to supplying refreshments for a meeting.

How do I become a volunteer?
To learn more about 4-H volunteer opportunities and to obtain a volunteer application form talk to the 4-H staff at your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office. Scroll on the NYS map and click on your county for contact information.

For Club Volunteers

NYS 4-H Club Leader Handbook and 4-H Cloverbud Handbook - These handbooks include statewide policies and procedures. Note that counties may have more specific policies.  Contact your local office for more details.

Project resources - Subject matter skills taught in projects are the foundation for the youth development. Materials for project work come from Cornell and other land grant universities. Need a resource?  Visit the on-line 4-H Resource Directory.

National 4-H has resources for 4-H volunteers including ideas for optimizing your next club meeting. 
National 4-H Headquarters 

Volunteer Training

4-H Volunteer e-Learning Online Course - the online orientation for 4-H volunteers (and staff). See the 4-H e-Learning Directions and the 4-H Volunteer e-Learning course link on the NYS 4-H Volunteer Involvement Staff Page under Development Opportunities