Volunteers and parents help make 4-H possible. Without 4-H volunteers and parents the program would not have the mentors and leaders that 4-Hers need in order to learn the new skills that 4-H has to offer youth. With each volunteer comes knowledge, experiences, and skills which can be taught to 4-H youth and shared with the 4-H program "to make the best better." Volunteers and parents are a major reason for 4-H's success in youth development. Since 1902, parents and volunteers have helped the 4-H program develop successful leaders, build young minds, and set the path for 4-Hers to take the world by storm.
To become a 4-H volunteer, you will be invited to special training meetings and will receive an invitation to our blog, and other written materials to help you learn your responsibilities as a volunteer and provide you with guidance. Andrea, Jana, and current volunteers will mentor you too.
Ways to Volunteer
Organizational Club Advisor
Advise a diverse group of 4-H members, (usually in one geographic area) enrolled in a variety of projects. Will be the main contact for the club.
Project & Resource Club Advisor
Share your skills, talents and special interests in a single project area. For example: clothing, dogs, rabbits, horses, bicycling, computers, wood working, photography, etc.
Lead children, in grades K-2, through hands-on learning activites, as they develop social skills, learn and grow
Ready to Become a Volunteer?
- Contact the OSU Extension office and talk to Andrea or Jana to indicate an interest in becoming an Extension volunteer
- You can access the application process from here or you can stop by the OSU Extension Office located at 160 Columbus Road to pick up a hard copy.
- Complete and submit a completed application (this includes full contact information for your references) and a Standards of Behavior form.
- After receiving and reviewing an appropriate number of responses by references and the application, an interview with the applicant will be scheduled with Andrea and Jana.
- After a successful first interview, the applicant will acquire and self-pay for a Webcheck report through Ohio BCI.
- Once all forms and reports are accepted and in the applicant’s file, the applicant will be informed of their status as a volunteer for a one-year term which may be renewed at the discretion of the OSU Extension staff.
- For 2022, this process needs to be STARTED AFTER AUGUST 1, 2021 AND COMPLETED BY JANUARY 15, 2022.
- The process from start to finish should be no more than a month.
- You are required to complete an annual 4-H Volunteer Kickoff held in January every year.
- You will also be required to complete an Ohio BCI check every four years.
Below are the printable pages that you can fill out
For more information please contact Andrea or Jana