Join as an Adult (age 18 and older)
Volunteer leaders are a key component of the 4-H program, which focuses on citizenship, leadership, and life skills development using a "learn-by-doing" educational model. 4-H is unique in its pursuit of effective youth-adult partnerships. These partnerships ensure that both youth and adults grow together in shared responsibility and decision-making.
In addition to making a difference in the lives of young people, volunteers have many opportunities for their own personal and professional development through the 4-H Youth Development Program. No matter your background or expertise, you can join the 4-H community. As a parent, a project leader, or in any other leadership capacity, you can offer your unique talents and perspectives.
SJC 4-H Opportunities: This handbook was created for new leaders and members. It will guide you through the many aspects of our 4-H Youth Development Program and introduce you to the exciting world awaiting you in 4-H.
Various Volunteering Opportunities: Volunteer leaders work with small groups of kids to carry out experiential learning (learning-by-doing) activities. These activities enable youth to develop life skills, build competencies, explore career options, contribute to their communities, and prepare them for a positive and successful place in society.
Eligibility for Adults
Volunteer leaders must be at least 18 years old, although additional age restrictions may apply for certain roles and responsibilities. (For example, chaperone's must be at least 21 years old.)
In order to provide a safe environment for kids, all prospective 4-H volunteers are required to:
- Complete the new adult enrollment process and
- Completion of orientation, volunteers are appointed for a one-year term, renewable annually.
- Pay the California 4-H Insurance program fee (review Hartford Insurance Brochure) and
- Pass DOJ clearance