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There are several steps to become an authorized 4-H volunteer:


All 4-H adult volunteers must apply, complete training, and be appointed annually. Please follow the steps below to apply to be a 4-H adult volunteer. 

Contact your local 4-H club if you are looking to become a project or resource leader for a club, or contact the county office, at dmcadams@ucanr.edu, if you are interested in starting a new club or volunteering at the county level.

Screening Process

All new 4-H volunteers must go through a screening process. Our #1 priority in 4-H is the safety of young people. We do all we can to protect young people and keep them safe while they are in our care. An important part of providing a safe environment is to conduct background checks on our volunteers and staff. Everyone that will be spending an extended time with our 4-H youth is screened. When you become a 4-H volunteer, you are part of the plan to keep our young people safe.

1.    Complete the online 4-H Volunteer Interest Survey in English or Spanish http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=20714

2.    Create an adult volunteer profile on 4hOnline.* Please make sure the email address in the system is correct and one you check regularly. This is how you will receive communications. You must use your legal name on all forms and the online system. (If you already have 4-H members enrolled in 4-H, please add your adult volunteer to that account)

*For Spanish: The 4hOnline system is only in English. Please fill in the paper enrollment packet in Spanish (PDF) and turn it in to your club leader or county staff for them to enter it into 4hOnline for you. Please keep a copy of the paper forms for your records.

3.    Complete a background check from the California Department of Justice via the Livescan protocol.

4.    Pay $24 Fee (2019-20) to cover insurance for the year.

Volunteer Training

All new 4-H volunteers are required to take the New Volunteer Training online courses in the eXtension system before they become approved as volunteers (a different training is completed annually after). This interactive training series introduces you to the best practices in positive youth development that are used in 4-H. The trainings are available in English and Spanish.

After you complete and submit your 4hOnline profile, check the Family email you used in 4hOnline for eXtension login instructions. If you used a paper enrollment form, you will have to check with your County Extension Office for the instructions.

The following are downloadable instructions for eXtension: