Training & Development

Welcome to the 4-H volunteer training and development resources! Here you will find resources designed to help prepare you for your volunteer experience.

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: 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. 

North Central Region Volunteer Forum

The North Central Region Volunteer Forum is an opportunity for volunteers to connect with Extension professionals and other volunteers from across a twelve state region, which includes the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Dakota.  The Forum also provides volunteers with a chance to gain knowledge and skills that can be used and shared as they work with 4-H youth in their own state, county, and community.

More information coming soon!

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.