Becoming a 4-H Volunteer Leader

4-H volunteer leaders are the core group of every successful 4-H program! As a 4-H volunteer leader, you play a key role in helping young people grow as individuals, acquire new knowledge and skills, and become active members of their communities. You will gain personal satisfaction and pride in knowing you have contributed significantly to the personal development of youth.

For more information about 4-H and 4-H volunteer leadership, please review: Facts about 4-H. All potential adult 4-H volunteers must go through our screening process, e-learning course and new leader training.  Steps to becoming a 4-H volunteer leader:

  1. A completed application begins your volunteer leadership journey. All three references will be checked (so please provide complete contact information) and cannot be family members/relatives or others who live with you.
  2. A criminal background check is conducted by the Oregon State University Human Resources Department, in cooperation with the Oregon State Police. Please note: include a copy of your photo ID with your release form.
  3. Take the Online Volunteer e-learning orientation
  4. After the first 3 steps are finished, attend a New Leader Training. This 2-hour orientation is scheduled several times per year. Andrea Leao will schedule the time with you.
  5. Once all the steps are completed and approved by the 4-H Agent, fill out the Volunteer Enrollment form.
  6. Attend the leadership and advisory board meetings during the year
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