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 and new leader training.

Steps to becoming a 4-H volunteer leader

1    A completed application form 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 and mail the form to the address at the bottom.

3    Attend a New Leader Training.  This 2-hour orientation is scheduled several times per year.  To schedule this training, please contact Robin Galloway.

Approval process

After the 4-H office has received all of your paper work, including your references, and you've completed your New Leader Training, you will receive a welcome letter and your enrollment form.

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