4-H Youth Development

How to become a volunteer

Volunteering is a privilege. All you need is the time and interest to help kids explore and chart positive futures. No previous experience in 4-H is necessary to be a volunteer. Kids need positive, committed adult role models in their lives. Share your skills, knowledge, and talents while having fun with kids and make a difference in their lives. For more information, contact the 4-H Youth Development staff member at your county University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office.

Follow these steps

All 4-H Youth Development Volunteers who work with youth are required to complete the Nevada 4-H Youth Development Screening and Orientation requirements before participating as a sanctioned 4-H volunteer. These include:

  • Contact the 4-H Youth Development staff member at your county University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office.
  • Meet for a face-to-face interview with 4-H staff
  • Apply for a fingerprint background check for arrest and conviction records. (The results of the screening may take up to six months. A volunteer cannot work independently with 4-H youth until UNCE has received the results. Since the wait can be lengthy, potential volunteers are encouraged to work with another sanctioned 4-H volunteer leader.)
  • Complete, sign and return the 4-H volunteer documents and review general policies and procedures
  • Include three references from non-related individuals who know you well (UNCE offices will mail out forms to references listed on the volunteer application)
  • Participate in volunteer orientation program. The first step is to complete Basic 4-H Volunteer E-Learning Training. (Some counties may require additional training).