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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


Learn about Volunteering

Learn About Volunteering

Volunteers help make 4-H possible. Without 4-H volunteers the program would not have the mentors and leaders that Ohio's youth need in order to learn the new skills that 4-H has to offer. With each volunteer comes knowledge, experiences, and skills which can be taught to 4-H youth and shared with the 4-H program "to make the best better." Volunteers and parents are a major reason for 4-H's success in youth development. Since 1902, volunteers have helped the 4-H program develop successful leaders, build young minds, and set the path for 4-Hers to take the world by storm.

Ways to Volunteer
Community Club Advisor

Advise a diverse group of 4-H members, (usually in one geographic area) enrolled in a variety of projects.

Project Club Advisor

Share your skills, talents and special interests in a single project area. For example: clothing, dogs, rabbits, horses, bicycling, computers, wood working, photography, etc.

Cloverbud Advisor

Lead children, in grades K-2, through hands-on learning activiites, as they develop social skills, learn and grow.

School Enrichment Volunteer

Teach a short-term 4-H curriculum to a class (or classes) of school children.

Short Term Volunteer

Teach a special interest program, and/or assist a 4-H group with a special project.

Teen Volunteers

Serve as a teen leader, camp counselor, and/or a junior fair board member.

Ready to get started?

To become a 4-H volunteer, you will be invited to special training meetings and will receive information and other written materials to help you learn your responsibilities as a volunteer. Your County Extension Educator and current volunteers will mentor you, too.  Being an Ohio 4-H volunteer is a great way to give back; it is also a privilege and responsibility. You can begin the process by reading our volunteer standards of behavior, and completing the application below and then contacting your County Extension Office.




Get rewarded for being a volunteer!

The Ohio 4-H Conference is the largest gathering of 4-H volunteers in the United States! Nearly 1,500 teen and adult volunteers participate each year. The Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to equip participants with resources, information, and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of youth. Attendees have the opportunity to receive training in more than 125 different topics such as career exploration, risk management, camping, leadership, cake decorating, dancing, animal sciences, and much more. In addition to the educational sessions, the day features the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Recognition Luncheon highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of volunteers. Volunteers can be recognized for outstanding programs, service or innovative programs. To apply for one of these awards, please click HERE. Deadline to apply is December 1.