Become an Adult Volunteer (age 18 and older)
Volunteer leaders are a key component of the 4-H program, which focuses on citizenship, leadership, and life skills development using a "learn-by-doing" educational model. 4-H is unique in its pursuit of effective youth-adult partnerships. These partnerships ensure that both youth and adults grow together in shared responsibility and decision-making.
Eligibility for Adults
Volunteer leaders must be at least 18 years old, although additional age restrictions may apply for certain roles and responsibilities. (For example, chaperons supervising youth at overnight events must be at least 21 years old.)
In order to provide a safe environment for kids, all prospective 4-H volunteers are required to:
- Complete the new adult enrollment process and
- Completion of orientation, volunteers are appointed for a one-year term, renewable annually.
- Pay the California 4-H Insurance program fee (review Hartford Insurance Brochure) and
- Undergo fingerprinting and pass DOJ clearance.