Adult Volunteer Leaders

What is the role of a 4-H Volunteer?

Adult volunteers play an important role in the 4-H program. Volunteers coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events. Over 500,000 teen and adult volunteers share their time and talents with 4-H youth.

Do I have to have kids to be a 4-H Volunteer?

No. 4-H volunteer leaders have to enjoy spending time with children helping them learn and develop, but they don’t have to be parents.

When my kids join 4-H, do I have to become a 4-H Volunteer?

Parents don’t have to become 4-H leaders when their children join 4-H, but most leaders appreciate the assistance of parents. This help can range from being an assistant leader to driving members to activities to supplying refreshments for club meetings.

How much does it cost to be a 4-H Volunteer?

Each 4-H Volunteer can determine what he or she wants to invest. The amount of money and time will depend on the number of members and the project(s) that are included. Vounteers can plan the time they spend in 4-H around their jobs and families. Extension materials, workshops and training seminars are provided at little or no cost. 4-H Leaders Council provides scholarships to many activities.

Do I have to know a lot about a subject to be a club leader?

No. At the request of their club members, many leaders get involved in projects that are unfamiliar to them. Using the numerous resources that are available to them, leaders can easily gain a working knowledge in any 4-H project area.

Where would I learn how to be a 4-H Leader?

Your main help would be at the Milwaukee County UW-Extension Office. Our staff would discuss with you your interest in working with youth, your previous experience, and your area of interest and background. Materials you would need to organize a 4-H club would be given to you or you would be matched up with a leader in your neighborhood or county.

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