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Nebraska 4-H invites you to make a difference in the life of a young person! 4-H is known for hands-on learning experiences and helping youth build confidence and practical life skills. Nebraska 4-H offers a wide variety of involvement opportunities for adult volunteers, from a one-time event or program to a multi-year experience.
This information is intended to build the capacity of Nebraska 4-H volunteers to engage youth, ages 5-19, using Positive Youth Development.
Please note that certain volunteer roles within Nebraska 4-H require additional screening or training, including 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors/Leaders, FIRST Robotics volunteers, and 4-H Horsemanship Advancement Level Examiners.
NEBRASKA 4-H VOLUNTEER TRAINING
The Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Orientation serves as an introduction to the 4-H Youth Development program in Nebraska. As part of the screening process, the orientation covers a variety of foundational and essential topics. Any interested individuals including current or prospective volunteers are welcome to complete the orientation. However, all new volunteers serving in direct roles, such as club leader, project leader, or workshop presenter, are required to complete the orientation. Volunteers are also required to complete the orientation as part of the re-screening process.
The Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Road Show offers a professional development opportunity for 4-H volunteers across the state. Join us for an evening to discover new opportunities for yourself and your 4-H youth, network with other 4-H volunteers in your community, and build your skills as a 4-H volunteer! Events are hosted across the state through the fall.
Great news! When 4-H club experiences must go virtual for safety or convenience reasons, an opportunity awaits for volunteers to extend their role as a caring adult and provide 4-H experiences online. Here are some resources to equip volunteers in making virtual 4-H Club meetings and other 4-H experiences when connecting with youth and families online.
Like many other youth-serving organizations, Nebraska 4-H makes youth safety a priority. This video explains the volunteer screening process and risk management steps for Nebraska 4-H volunteers to take in order to make the 4-H experience safe for both volunteers and youth.
This course is required for Nebraska Extension staff and volunteers who are chaperoning 4-H members during 4-H overnight educational events and activities. After reviewing the course material, you'll complete a quiz to receive proper certification and permission to chaperone 4-H youth. This certification is good for three years, however, we recommend that you review the site periodically to keep your skills sharp.
Project/Activity leaders often bring a specific skill or experience to 4-H youth. This is the perfect role for an adult or parent would like to focus on specific 4-H project or activity in their volunteer role. This video explains the project leader role in depth.
Special Interest Volunteers often experience a role that is short time in length, but provides an excellent opportunity to share a skill or trade with youth during a 4-H experience. This video explains the role special interest volunteers can have in teaching youth new skills.