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4-H Volunteers

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.

1. 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 Feedback Form.

Note: You will need to enter the Customer ID number that was listed on the front of your screening approval postcard.


4. 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.

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!

Please send 4HOnline comments or questions to 4hyouth@missouri.edu and 4-H volunteer questions to gillespiet@missouri.edu, being sure to include your name, county and contact information.

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Can't find something?  Contact 4hyouth@missouri.edu (please include your county) or 573-882-9359

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