The Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program has a variety of involvement opportunities available. We rely heavily on adults who care about the development of youth across the state in order to deliver positive youth development experiences to our youth. All volunteers must pass a background check and participate in training provided by your County 4-H Educator.
Volunteer positions that may be available in your county:
- Help with a one time event/program
- Lead a 4-H Club (organize meetings and speakers, provide assistance to youth club leaders)
- Help with a specific 4-H project
- Help with an afterschool program
- Help with a summer program
- Sit on a county governing board
- Volunteer on a fair organizing committee
- Serve as a Judge for 4-H project exhibits
New 4-H Volunteer Orientation
Are you a new 4-H Volunteer? This series of six modules provides you with a basic overview of the 4-H Program. Included are video lessons, files with the lesson plans included, and a written quiz to test your knowledge on each module.visit site
Types of Volunteers
Provide support and leadership to a "club" of 4-H members. Share information with members and help individuals achieve their desired results. Recruit parents and other volunteers to assist with programs and projects and serve as the linkage between the County Extension office and your club. Time commitment varies, but most clubs meet on a regular basis throughout the year and conduct community service activities.
This is a very defined role to assist members with knowledge and subject matter information related to a single project. Most project leaders have some previous experience in a specific area, but if you are willing to learn and be a teacher, plenty of educational opportunities exist. Time commitment varies, depending on the project. Many are short term, but some can be on-going over the course of a year.
Special Interest Leader
This is a short term position that brings together the interests of the volunteer with the interest of the youth. Special interests are usually short term with a definite beginning and ending. If you have a special skill, talent or hobby you would like to share, chances are there are young people who would like to learn from you.
School Enrichment Leader
This volunteer utilizes developed Extension Curriculum Enrichment materials to deliver educational programs within schools, youth groups and after school type programs. Topics vary greatly from foods to bugs and time commitment also varies depending on the needs of the organization. Volunteers are provided with materials and orientation to their use.
"I love helping the kids get the full benefits from the 4-H program. 4-H has influenced my life in so many ways including watching the children grow in their understanding of their role in the community and their role as an individual and friend. It also helps remind myself of the responsibility I carry as an individual even as an adult."
- Indiana 4-H Volunteer
Impact of Indiana 4-H Volunteers
In the Fall of 2018 Indiana 4-H Volunteers were invited to participate in a study that allowed them to share the impact that volunteering has on them personally, on the 4-H program, and on their local communities. The summary of the responses for the Indiana 4-H Volunteers who responded is below. Also provided is the summary of the responses from the volunteers across the 12-state North Central Region.
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The Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. We rely heavily on adults who care about the development of youth in order to deliver positive youth development experiences to our youth. All individuals must successfully complete a volunteer application and screening process and participate in training provided by your County 4-H Educator prior to becoming an Official 4-H Volunteer. Contact your county Purdue Extension OfficeContact Your County Extension Office