San Benito County
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San Benito County

Become an Adult Volunteer (age 18 and older)

New Adult Volunteer
There are more than 140 adult volunteers in San Benito County, and more than 20,000 volunteers in California.  Supported by 4-H staff, these volunteers help youth develop into responsible, self-directed, productive citizens of the world.

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. 

Re-Enrolling as an Adult Volunteer
In addition to making a difference in the lives of young people, volunteers have many opportunities for their own personal and professional development through the 4-H Youth Development Program.  No matter your background or expertise, you can join the 4-H community.  As a parent, a project leader, or in any other leadership capacity, you can offer your unique talents and perspectives. 


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.
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