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Adult Volunteer Enrollment

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Thank you for volunteering! Your time, efforts and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated. You make our program a great success. As a 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.

Please follow the instructions below for completing enrollment for new and returning adult volunteer.


  • Adult volunteer: Must be 18 years old and up
  • Adult chaperone: Must be 21 years old and up

Looking for youth enrollment? Please find youth enrollment information here

How to Enrollment Guide (one page):

If you are familar with our 4-H enrollment process, you can view the one page enrollment guide here.

New Volunteers Enrollment Steps

Returning Volunteers Enrollment Steps

Re-apply annually by December 31

All 4-H volunteers must be appointed annually. If you are a current 4-H Adult Volunteer, to continue in the next year you need to re-apply and be re-appointed by December 31st. Returning volunteers who have not completed the re-appointment process must cease all 4-H volunteer work beginning January 1 until re-appointment process has been completed and the volunteer has been returned to active status.

Please do not wait till December 31!

Were you enrolled last year?

Forgot your password or have a new email? Click "I forgot my password" in the 4-H Online enrollment system to get an email with a link to create a new password. The email goes to the address you entered in the enrollment system last year. If you have a new email or forgot what you entered last year, email smsf4h@ucanr.edu or call the 4-H office at 650-276-7422.

Do not create a new profile if you enrolled last year! 

Re-application process

Step 1. Update your 4-H Online profile. Log in to 4-H Online to update your profile to enroll for the new year. Please make sure the Family email address in the system is correct and one you check regularly. For more information on self enrolling, please see the Family Enrollment Guide.

You will remain "pending" until you complete all enrollment requirements listed below. You will receive an automated email with links to the eXtension training and the password. Save this email.

Step 2a. Complete eXtension training:  Log into your eXtension account and click “2022-2023 California Returning Volunteer Course” and enter the enrollment key, which is emailed to you from 4-H Online.

If you have any issues with the online courses, please submit a support ticket. Please include as much information as possible (which lesson, what the issue is, etc.)

Step 2b. Complete additional training/Q&A sessions for your volunteer roles. Community club leader, project leader, treasurer, etc.

Step 3: Proceed to Payment of Program Fees (credit card). Contact 4-H office (smsf4h@ucanr.edu) if you need to pay by check or cash.

Payment of Program Fees

All 4-H members and adult volunteers must pay program fees which include accident and sickness insurance.

Make credit card payment(s) through our survey form:
Credit card payments are being accepted for the State 4-H, County 4-H, and county council fees. Clubs may also assess additional fees. Please pay the club fees to the club directly.

  State 4-H Accident/Sickness
Insurance and Program Fees
County 4-H Program Fees County Council Fees Total
Adult $10 $18 $0 $28

Note: The ~4% credit card fee will be covered by County Council this year.

Enrollment Completion & Approval

County Director reviews and approves 4-H volunteer appointments after all the application requirements and mandatory trainings are completed. You will receive an email to your Family email account that confirms your enrollment status as Active. 

Once your enrollment is active, you may begin 4-H activities!

You may access your 4-H Online profile at any time of the year to change what projects you are involved in, update your health information, etc. Note: Project leaders must be "Active" before holding any project meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact San Mateo/San Francisco 4-H office at 650-276-7422, smsf4h@ucanr.edu.