Are you curious about volunteering for 4-H? We hope so! Missouri 4-H volunteers help youth ages 5-18 feel safe and supported to learn and lead. Learn more by contacting 4-H Youth Development staff at your county MU Extension center.
Become a volunteer - 4 steps (A-B-C-D)
- A - Application - applicant's signature serves as confirmation to adhere to a Code of Conduct. It also serves as the consent for the background check.
- B - Background check
- C - Complete volunteer orientation
- D - Designate your desired volunteer role by setting up your adult member profile in the new 4HOnline enrollment system. County staff will review and give final approvals for volunteer service.
LG636, Missouri 4-H Volunteer Application
(Note: Currently, the MO Dept. of Social Services requires a physical signature. Therefore, the fillable features of this document have been disabled.)
Adult Health Form (fillable PDF) - Check with your local
Extension staff on whether or not you need to fill this out along with
your Volunteer Application.
2. Background Check
All volunteer applicants are screened annually for child abuse and neglect as well as national criminal charges per our screening policy.
Annual screenings are done prior to a volunteer's individual work with any youth. The state 4-H office sends a screening postcard to volunteer applicants once the annual check is done. Your unique customer ID will be listed on the front of the approval postcard. KEEP THE POSTCARD if you plan on doing the orientation online.
3a. Complete the one time volunteer orientation. We believe that in-person trainings are the best!
If you can not attend an in-person training, there are two options.
3b. Your orientation is
documented by completion of a brief
Note: You will need to enter the Customer ID number that was listed on the front of your screening approval postcard.
your desired volunteer role by setting up your adult member
profile in the new 4HOnline enrollment system. County staff will review and
give final approvals for volunteer service.
This exciting system, launched in Missouri in mid-October, is used by most 4-H programs across the nation. Enrolled adult leaders report that it makes 4-H volunteer work much easier!
4-H Volunteer Training
- Project Leader Training - held locally; check with your 4-H youth specialist for details
- Club Leader Training - held locally; check with your 4-H youth specialist for details
- Essential Elements: Key Ingredients for Success
- 4-H 101: Basics of Starting a 4-H Club
- 4-H 201: Fostering, Growing and Sustaining 4-H Clubs
- North Central Extension Region Volunteer Development website-includes several recorded 2013-14 webinars (and related, downloadable materials) on these topics: You've Got 4-H Parents! Now What?, Engaging Teens and Older Youth, Using Technology to Enhance your 4-H Experience and Exploring the Science of 4-H Projects.
- COMING IN FALL OF 2015: North Central Region 4-H Volunteer e-Forums: The Heart of Belonging, The Heart of Community and The Heart of Leadership. More information available from Tammy Gillespie, firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local 4-H youth specialist.