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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


4-H Alumni and Friends

Welcome, 4-H Alumni and Friends!


If you are an Ohio 4-H alum or “friend” that believes in the 4-H program and empowering youth, we would like to hear from you. Take the following survey: Ohio 4-H Alumni and Friends Survey

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Check out these 10 ways to volunteer!

  1. Help youth lead a club.

    • Assist a youth club leader with organizing meetings, speakers, and other logistics.
    • Assist and/or mentor a 4-H volunteer who is serving as a project leader.
  2. Teach a skill.

    • Organize a club, or share your skills by teaching a club meeting workshop, devoted to your area of specialty.
  3. Judge projects.

    • Serve as a judge for 4-H exhibits, competitions, or performances, providing encouragement and suggestions for improvement.
  4. Plan or help at an event.

    • Volunteer at a county/parish special event; from set-up or clean-up to serving food or taking registrations, there are a lot of ways to get involved.
  5. Serve on an advisory board or committee.

    • Sit on a local advisory or county governing board to help determine program priorities.
  6. Help with a specific 4-H project.

    • Advise a 4-H member in their project work; help youth identify and set goals, create and implement a plan, and reflect on what they learned and would do differently next time.
  7. Assist with program delivery.

    • Volunteer at an after-school program, a summer program, camp program event, or club meeting.
  8. Volunteer on a fair organizing committee.

    • Volunteer at a local fair – be inspired by the talents and creativity of the next generation while promoting the country’s largest youth development organization!
    • Work in the food booth or help in the 4-H exhibit hall or at the 4-H show ring.
  9. Utilize your professional skills.

    • Share your technical skills and knowledge to develop subject matter for curriculum/project sheets.
    • Utilize your professional skills to assist with creating marketing tools, graphic art, word documents, webpages, videos, online training modules, etc.
    • Intern at your local Extension office with the 4-H program, a great resume builder.
  10. Share your experiences

    • Share your hobby/passion – inspire a young person as a guest speaker or short-term instructor.
    • Share your career path – invite a 4-H’er to shadow you for the day.
    • Share your educational path/give a testimonial – how did you get to where you are? (If you are a college student – how did you choose your school, what are you pursuing, what are you aspiring to do?)

Interested in any of these opportunities? Contact your local extension office or the 4-H Foundation at


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Are you currently attending a post-secondary degree institution and are interested in finding a collegiate 4-H chapter? Contact Christy Millhouse at for assistance connecting with or starting a club.