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 complete a volunteer application and screening process and participate in training provided by your County 4-H Educator. Individuals annually reaffirm their commitment to serving as 4-H Volunteers.
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
Organizational Club LeaderProvide 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 link between the County Extension office and your club.
Assistant Club LeaderAssist the Organizational Club Leader with completing tasks to help the club run smoothly.
Other Club Volunteer RoleServe in a support role for the 4-H Club as requested by the Organizational or Assistant Club Leaders.
4-H Committee MemberAssists with a specific project, event, or other task in support of the County 4-H Program (e.g., 4-H Photography, Fundraising, Communications Contest, etc.).
4-H Council MemberServes on a board that works in conjunction with the 4-H Extension Educator to provide direction to the overall county 4-H program in line with state and federal policies.
4-H Fair Board MemberServes on a board designed to oversee the operation of the annual 4-H exhibition; may also have responsibilities with a fairgrounds property.
School/After-school/Community-based Program VolunteerThis volunteer utilizes developed Extension curriculum enrichment materials to deliver educational programs within schools, youth groups and after school type programs. Topics vary greatly. Volunteers are provided with materials and orientation to their use.
Subject Matter/Project LeaderThis is a very defined role to assist members with gaining 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
"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