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All Nebraska 4-H volunteers must complete the Youth Protection 4-H Volunteer Screening before volunteering with 4-H in any capacity. Nebraska 4-H volunteers are also re-screened on a regular basis. 

Volunteer Screening process


Training Resources

Fast Track Training
On your Marks, Get Set, Go...volunteer with the Nebraska 4-H Program! The Fast Track Volunteer Training modules will help you get on the right track to a valuable experience as a volunteer in 4-H. The different modules will assist you in understanding the 4-H program and guide you to resources to help make you the best volunteer you can be. As a volunteer you can provide young people with developmental assets that last a lifetime -- a positive relationship with a caring adult; an inclusive and safe environment; opportunities to value others and master a skill; and much more. For more information on becoming a 4-H volunteer contact your local University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office.

Giving Your Best Web Seminar Series
The "Giving Your Best" is a live web seminar series taught by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development staff.  The web seminar series is designed to benefit volunteers and parents as they get ready, set, and go forward with club meetings, 4-H projects, and beyond. Participation in the live web seminars is free.  A computer with internet access is needed.  Each program will meet online for 45-60 minutes.

We Protect Staff, Volunteers & Youth - Nebraska Chaperone Training 
Safety and youth protection in 4-H programming is something that must be a conscious part of planning for 4-H trips and activities. We can no longer assume that because the trip is 4-H related that it is safe. 4-H staff, and volunteers need to understand the potential risk that can cause personal harm or harm to a 4-H member for whom they are responsible. The We Protect Staff, Volunteers & Youth Nebraska Chaperone Training is required for all UNL Extension staff and volunteers who are chaperoning 4-H members during 4-H overnight educational events and activities. The online, self-directed training course can be accessed at: http://campus.extension.org/. For help enrolling, please see the Enrollment Instructions Handout.

Judges Training
Judging educational exhibits in a variety of 4-H project areas provides youth with an opportunity to build a connection to a person knowledgeable in their area of interest and helps youth develop a deeper understanding about their project. 

A Toolkit for Volunteer Leaders
A Toolkit for Volunteer Leaders is a resource used to prepare non-formal educators and volunteers for working in educational programs outside the traditional school system. This Toolkit was created between 1986 - 1995 for use by community leaders in rural areas who may not have access to the resources to provide workshops in their hometowns. Primarily, it addresses the needs of Cooperative Extension Educators or Agents and volunteers recruited to work with 4-H, community development projects, master gardeners, and advisory committees.

Teaching Resources

Ag Literacy

Animal Science

Communication and Expressive Arts

Family and Consumer Science

Healthy Lifestyles

Science, Engineering, and Technology

4-H Environmental Education and Plant Science

Leadership and Citizenship


Working with Youth

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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.

County Recognition

State Recognition

Volunteer of Excellence

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