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New Volunteers

Applying to be a 4-H volunteer

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

Application 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. See survey below or follow this link: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=20713   

  2. Create an adult volunteer profile on 4hOnline.* Please make sure the email address in the system is correct and one you check regularly. 

    *For Spanish: The 4hOnline system is only in English. Please fill in the paper enrollment packet in Spanish 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 Live-scan with the California Department of Justice.  
    1. Live-scan Form 4-H SLO County
    2. Livescan locations SLO County
  4. New 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. This interactive training series introduces you to the best practices in positive youth development that are used in 4-H. 

    After you complete and submit your 4hOnline profile, check the Family email you used in 4hOnline for eXtension login instructions. 

New 4-H Adult Volunteer Interest Survey



New 4-H Adult Volunteers Please Continue Below.

4-H Adult Volunteer Interest Survey Welcome to the first step in the process to becoming a 4-H adult volunteer. As a 4-H adult volunteer, you will play an important role in the development of young people, helping them to identify their spark and develop the skills and positive outcomes that lead to thriving. The University of California Cooperative Extension 4-H staff would like to find out a little bit more about you to help identify opportunities in the program that align with your interest(s), skills and background. Please complete the brief questionnaire below. Once you complete the interest survey, information for completing the remaining steps in the application process will be emailed to you. Please follow the instructions in the email. Thank you for your time and we look forward to working with you as a valuable asset to the 4-H Youth Development Program. ~ Bienvenidos al primer paso del proceso para llegar a ser un adulto voluntario  en  4-H. Como adulto voluntario en  4-H, usted tendrá la oportunidad de jugar un papel muy importante en el desarrollo de niños y jóvenes, ayudándoles a identificar su chispa y a desarrollar diferentes  habilidades que los ayudaran a tener una vida mejor. Al personal de  4-H en la oficina de Extensión Cooperativa de la Universidad de California le gustaría  saber un poco más acerca de usted de manera que puedan identificar las diferentes oportunidades que 4-H ofrece y que coincidan con sus intereses, habilidades, y experiencias . Por favor conteste  las preguntas siguientes.  Una vez que conteste este cuestionario, le enviaremos por correo electrónico más información en donde le indicaremos los siguientes  pasos del  proceso de su solicitud.  Cuando reciba el correo electrónico, por favor siga las instrucciones. . Gracias por su tiempo y esperamos muy pronto  trabajar con usted.