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Volunteer with 4-H

Inspire the Next Generation.  Become a 4-H Volunteer!

You are more than just a volunteer in 4-H -- you are instrumental in inspiring the next generation.

4-H programs look to volunteers to help our young people learn the skills they need to prepare for their futures while also having fun!

More than 14,000 volunteers worked with Virginia youth last year -- helping them learn by doing. In 4-H, you can help youth have opportunities to master life challenges, cultivate independence with guidance from caring adults, gain a sense of belonging within a positive group, and share a spirit of generosity with others.

Volunteers are essential to help youth make the most of these learning opportunities.   According to recent research, youth who are provided with positive adult interactions grow to become strong, confident young adults (Tufts University, 2006).

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As a 4-H Volunteer, You Can . . .

  • Lead youth within school-based, after-school, and camp settings and in community clubs
  • Serve as a chaperone, board member, judge, or camp counselor
  • Develop and support community service opportunities for youth to make a difference in their communities
  • Teach youth using research-based university curricula
  • Work with other adults to create fun, new programs for youth

Share Your Interests

If you are interested in leading a project-based club, you can share your expertise to provide young people with learning opportunities as varied as rocketry, GPS mapping, public speaking, agricultural science, photography, community service, and so much more.

Using research-based 4-H project curriculum, you will have the resources to learn as you teach. Either way, you will have the support you need from your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.

You can also create a new project-based club and invite other youth and adults to join you in learning about that topic in your community.

Join with Your Family

Interested in joining 4-H with your children? Families involved in 4-H report that they work better together by scheduling time to focus on developing communication skills, setting goals, and experiencing family-wide learning opportunities.

A Perfect Fit

With a variety of flexible options, you can decide your level of involvement, based on your skills and time available.  

Learn More

Contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office for more information.

"When adults take time to help young people through 4-H, they exert an enormous, positive influence on the lives of youth."

--Retired General Colin Powell

To volunteer with 4-H, contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.

Virginia Association of Adult 4-H Volunteer Leaders