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As a member of the county 4-H Council, you have an important responsibility in guiding and directing the total county 4-H and youth development program within the guidelines and policies of the Nebraska 4-H program.


  • Understand the spirit of 4-H and implement a program which aligns with positive youth development
  • Attend 4-H Council meetings and participate in Council activities
  • Become acquainted with the 4-H and youth program and plan methods by which 4-H can best help youth.
  • Serve as a member of work groups and task forces.
  • Make contacts with business, organizations, committees, and individuals on behalf of the 4-H program (friends of 4-H).
  • Attend various 4-H and youth functions to evaluate their benefits and results.
  • Help determine and make final decisions on county 4-H policy within the guidelines and policies of the state program.
  • Assist the county Extension staff on long and short-term program planning to establish a balanced program for 4-H youth to include needs analysis, setting priorities, and evaluation.
  • Help in preparing a budget necessary for executing a well-balanced program.
  • Help plan, conduct, and manage (if necessary) in conjunction with leaders and youth, a fundraising program necessary for needs expressed in the budget.
  • Serve as an advocate for Extension and the 4-H program in the community and with stakeholders. 

Necessary Skills

  • Ability to understand and express 4-H program concerns.
  • Stay current with the concerns of youth and the way they spend their time. 


  • Other members of the county 4-H Council
  • County and area Extension staff and district youth specialists
  • Various key leaders in community and business organizations
  • Other 4-H volunteers 

Time Commitment

  • The length of 4-H Council membership, as determined by the county 4-H Council constitution and bylaws.
  • Members are expected to attend all meetings annually plus additional time on special committees as assigned.
  • Members are expected to attend and help with Council sponsored events. Other 4-H activities may require attendance by Council members.


To get started volunteering with Nebraska 4-H, you must first complete the volunteer screening process. To initiate the screening, please contact your local Extension office to request an invitation. They will need your name and email address. 

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