4-H Project Leader Volunteers

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The project leader is the person directly responsible for teaching skills to 4-H members within a specific club, workshop, or clinic. Nebraska 4-H looks to the volunteer project leader for program suggestions and guidance in the needs of our youth.


  • Understand the spirit of 4-H and implement a program which aligns with positive youth development.
  • Provide for the four needs of children: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.
  • Become familiar with 4-H curriculum and additional project resources.
  • Promote interest and participation in the project and related activities.
  • Plan and conduct the number of meetings necessary to complete the project.
  • Help members set goals, complete records, and submit record books for awards.
  • Help members prepare exhibits for fair.
  • Recruit, train, and involve teen leaders.

Necessary Skills

  • Ability and desire to work with youth.
  • Skills and knowledge to teach within the project area.
  • Willingness to become familiar with the philosophy, programs, and guidelines of the Nebraska 4-H program.


  • Will work primarily with youth, but parents can/should be involved in 4-H projects as 4-H a family affair.
  • Will work cooperatively and communicate with county Extension staff, organizational leaders, and teen leaders.


  1. Complete the youth safety screening process
  2. Complete volunteer application
  3. Complete at least 2 hours of volunteer training annually
  4. Complete new volunteer training online
  5. Review and sign Activity Worker Guidelines

Time Commitment

  • Time required will vary based on the intensity of the 4-H project.