Volunteers & Leaders
Are you interested in volunteering for 4-H?
There are many ways to volunteer for 4-H. You can be a superintendent at the Fair, help with Day Camps, Project Activities, or events. You can be a Community Club leader and help lead a group of youth. Or maybe you have a passion or skill for something specific, you could be a project leader. Everyone has something to share and there is a place for everyone to volunteer for 4-H.
To become a volunteer:
As a potential volunteer we ask you to complete our screening process. To start the process:
- Please complete the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Service Application along with the Volunteer Interest Survey and return them to the local Extension Office.
- Then will ask you to take part in an interview and complete an Orientation to Kansas 4-H.
Additional steps of the process include: checking your references and a two part background check.
- The first step is the Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Check. Complete the form and return to the local Extension Office.
- The second step is to complete the National Criminal Background check information and permission form. The process is all online using a commercial vendor and their secure website and server. The results from both steps will be sent to our State 4-H Office and communicated to our local office. The check is being conducted by Validity Screening Solutions, a Kansas Company who provides background checks to the State of Kansas and Kansas State University and many volunteer organizations.
Once all these steps are complete and no problems or concerns are found, your application will be reviewed by a committee to help ensure the safety of our youth. Then your name will be presented to the local Extension Board for approval and appointment as a 4-H volunteer for our program.
- Once approved you will need to create a 4H Online account.
If you are a continuing volunteer:
- Fill out the Volunteer Renewal Form and Participation Form at the beginning each new 4-H year in October and turn it into your local Extension Office
- 4H Online Enrollment Brochure
- How to Create your Family: (Word) or (PDF)
- 4H Online Re-enrollment Brochure
- Club Manager User Guide
- Project Leader User Guide
Community Club Leaders
Are you interested in being a Community Club Leader?
Being a club leader is a rewarding experience and also a commitment. Club Leaders organize a 4-H Community club by coordinating members, leaders and their families to determine a plan for their club. Community Club Leaders involve their youth in becoming competent caring, connected citizens of character in their community and help them grow to be the leaders of tomorrow. If you are interested in being a Club Leader contact your local Extension Office:
- Decatur Office - 785-475-8121
- Norton Office - 785-877-5755
- Sheridan Office - 785-675-3268
Are you interested in being Project Leader?
Project leaders have passion, knowledge or skills in a particular project area. You can be a project leader and plan yearly activities countywide or for your club. Or you can lead a Project Club that meets regularly to learn in their project.
If you are a 4-H member, you can also help lead by being a Junior project leader to use your experience and help other 4-H'ers grow in their project.