Program Overview

For 110 years, 4-H and its volunteers have been nurturing responsible, caring, and contributing youth who are committed to positively impacting their communities and the world around them.

Community-based clubs across the country (and around the world) offer safe, fun, and inclusive learning programs that build skills that are critical to helping youth succeed.

Volunteering at 4-H

Volunteers play a vital role in the ongoing growth and development of youth aged 6-25 by providing caring and supportive mentorship to 4-H members as they learn to do by doing. Since club activities are driven by youth, volunteers don’t need to be experts to make a difference. At 4-H, we believe the difference you make is based on who you are – not what you know.

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Youth Benefits

Did You Know?

4-H Alumni report having a higher sense of confidence as a result of the many transferable skills they develop through 4-H!

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Making a difference is something you never grow out of.

8 in 10 alumni say 4-H helped them improve their:

  • Public speaking skills
  • Leadership

  • Teamwork

  • Self-confidence

  • Sense of responsibility

  • And more!

Close to 90% of 4-H alumni pursue post-secondary education, and 90% of alumni would recommend 4-H to someone else.

Volunteer Benefits

Over and above the satisfaction of knowing you are helping young people fulfill their potential, being a 4-H volunteer is fun and it’s a chance to develop new skills of your own!

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4-H volunteers have access to resources and webinars that help them develop and refine skills related to the four pillars of 4-H:

  • Community Engagement & Communications

  • Science & Technology

  • Environment & Healthy Living

  • Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Volunteers can also access the resources in our Healthy Living Initiative and well as 4-H LEARNS, a global resource-sharing tool for 4-H leaders around the world.

Being a Volunteer

Clubs are organized at the local level and volunteers are coordinated provincially, meaning you’ll receive specific information about opportunities and expectations from the 4-H organization in your province.

There are, however, processes related to ensuring youth safety that are the same no matter where in the country you volunteer. This will require an upfront time commitment that is important for ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for both members and volunteers alike. You will also always have 4-H organizational support from regional, provincial, and national staff to ensure there is always someone who can lean on.

Become a volunteer

Making a difference is something you never grow out of.