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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


Learn about Volunteering

Learn About Volunteering

Ways to Volunteer


Advise a diverse group of 4-H members, (usually in one geographic area) enrolled in a variety of projects.


Lead children, in grades K-2, through hands-on learning activities, as they develop social skills, learn and grow.


Support and work in partnership with 4-H professionals, extension staff, volunteers and members in conducting meaningful educational experiences and developing youth members’ life skills to reach their fullest potential.


Share your skills, talents and special interests in a single project area. For example: clothing, dogs, rabbits, horses, bicycling, computers, wood working, photography, etc.

Teen Volunteers

Serve as a teen leader, camp counselor, and/or a junior fair board member.

Ready to get started?

To become a 4-H volunteer, you will be invited to special training meetings and will receive information and other written materials to help you learn your responsibilities as a volunteer. Your County Extension Educator and current volunteers will mentor you, too.  Being an Ohio 4-H volunteer is a great way to give back; it is also a privilege and responsibility. You can begin the process by reading our volunteer standards of behavior, and completing the application below and then contacting your County Extension Office.


Ohio State University Extension has guidance regarding OSU Extension employees serving in a 4-H volunteer capacity. Refer to the Ohio State University Extension Employees as 4-H Volunteers Guidance document for additional information.



Get rewarded for being a volunteer!

The Ohio 4-H Conference is the largest gathering of 4-H volunteers in the United States! Nearly 1,500 teen and adult volunteers participate each year. The Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to equip participants with resources, information, and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of youth. Attendees have the opportunity to receive training in more than 125 different topics such as career exploration, risk management, camping, leadership, cake decorating, dancing, animal sciences, and much more. In addition to the educational sessions, the day features the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Recognition Luncheon highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of volunteers. Volunteers can be recognized for outstanding programs, service or innovative programs. To apply for one of these awards, please click HERE. Deadline to apply is December 1.