Meet with the staff/faculty in your county to learn about the programming offered. Tell them about your interests in becoming a 4-H volunteer. They’ll help you decide the best volunteer role for you.
New Jersey 4-H uses 4HOnline to manage enrollment. The system maintains information on youth members as well as adult volunteers. Contact our office for instructions to complete an online application to become a 4-H volunteer.
To ensure the safety and integrity of our program, we require volunteers working with youth to provide personal references and undergo a youth protection screening process. Volunteers complete an annual online training module on the protection of minors as well as undergo a criminal background check.
Learning everything about becoming a 4-H club leader doesn’t happen overnight. To get you started, we hold a two hour orientation class that covers the basics. Orientations are held on a regular basis at the 4-H Office, usually from 7-9 pm. (If you are unable to attend an evening session, we can make other arrangements.)
We will continue to provide support and information. Through 4-H you will be connected to volunteers and others to assist your growth working with youth.
4-H clubs can get started in several ways, though they all follow the same rules. There are guidance documents and support from the 4-H office and other 4-H leaders to help new leaders get their club started. Below are some basic questions that come up with organizing a 4-H club (links lead to downloads with more detailed information)
What’s needed to start a 4-H club?
What are the first steps for organizing a 4-H club?
These are just some introductory ideas, see How to Start a 4-H Club for more information.
How do you have a successful 4-H club?
What does the 4-H Office provide for 4-H leaders and members?
Project completion certificates and achievement pins are provided when the club leader completes and submits the appropriate forms by the deadlines for these awards.