Learn about Volunteering

Volunteers play a vital role in the ongoing growth and development of those in the 4‑H Youth Development program.
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Volunteer to help grow true leaders

A network of over 500,000 volunteers provides caring and supportive mentoring to all 6 million 4‑H’ers, helping them grow into true leaders. Volunteers are managed through local 4‑H offices so please contact your community’s 4‑H office to learn how you can get involved.

Want to learn more about 4‑H?

Research shows that 4‑H helps young people excel beyond their peers. The 4‑H Study of Positive Youth Development, conducted by Tufts University, explores the impact that participation in 4‑H has on youth.

4‑H offers research based programming, developed by the universities of our national Cooperative Extension System. Learn more about 4‑H programs in Science, Civic Engagement and Healthy Living.

Become a 4‑H Volunteer today and help create life-changing experiences for youth in your community!
Find the 4‑H program nearest you by contacting your county Extension Office.

Salute to excellence awards

Each year, state 4-H programs nominate two outstanding individual volunteers through the 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards.* The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has spent 10 or more years as a 4-H volunteer while the Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4-H less than 10 years.


4‑H STEM challenge

Are you a 4-H STEM volunteer? 4-H STEM Challenge is the world’s largest youth-led science experiment.