When was the last time you discovered something new? Nebraska 4-H invites you to make a difference in the life of a young person and discover even more in the process: friends, fun, memories, and special talents! We have a variety of involvement opportunities to fit your interests and availability.
As a 4-H volunteer, your primary goal is to help children and youth develop competency in their projects, confidence in themselves and others, connections in their community, and sound character. You are to help kids do what they are capable of doing. You are to promote teamwork and leadership while helping the 4-H'ers learn and have fun.
Everything you say and do should be consistent with the six core ethical values comprising good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, and citizenship. 4-H Volunteers are expected to:
- Encourage and justify trust.
- Treat all others with respect, courtesy, and consideration.
- Inform themselves about youth and their positive development.
- Teach and model kindness and compassion for others.
- Teach and model fair-mindedness by being open to ideas, suggestions, and opinions of others.
- Teach and model the importance of obeying laws and rules as an obligation of citizenship.
- Not use alcohol or illegal substances while working with or being responsible for youth, or allow youth to do so while under their supervision.
- Provide a safe environment.
- How to Get Started
- Volunteer Opportunities & Descriptions
- Training and Development
- Volunteer Recognition
- Teaching Resources
- Pick Your Project
- Project Resource Central (download)
- Buy Nebraska 4-H Curriculum
- Buy National 4-H Curriculum
- Mobile & Web Apps
General 4-H Resources
HOW TO GET STARTED
STEP 1: Complete the Youth Protection Screening
All Nebraska 4-H volunteers must complete the Youth Protection 4-H Volunteer Screening before volunteering with 4-H in any capacity. To begin the screening process, please contact your local Extension office or return the completed, notarized form below to your local Extension office.
STEP 2: Find a Volunteer Opportunity
Once the screening process is complete you are welcome to any of the volunteer opportunities available at both county and state levels. Please Request Information or contact your local Extension office for additional volunteer opportunities in your community. The volunteer screening process will be repeated every 4 years by your county office.
Nebraska 4-H is excited to be able to recognize our volunteers through both county and state awards. The volunteer recognition program is designed to complement the tradition of recognizing outstanding volunteers and provide a standard and consistent approach to volunteer recognition across Nebraska. The purpose is to provide a base for Extension staff to sustain volunteers, build leadership potential, and offer recognition and praise for the great work of volunteers. The program allows counties to select the components that fit their needs.