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4-H Volunteer Packet-2017


Are you ready to get involved?

4-H cannot exist without volunteers like you. Your desire to work with young people and influence their lives in a positive way is the first step toward becoming a 4-H volunteer. 4-H volunteers are provided with extensive resources to assist Florida’s youth. Volunteering just one evening a week with 4-H can make a difference! Call, write, or use this web site to find out how you can be a part of this important program.

You have a lifetime of experience

Each of   us has lived a unique life — traveling different roads, seeing different   things. We’ve experienced the world in our own way, giving each of us a unique   blend of perspective, knowledge, skills and talents. We’ve learned many of   life’s lessons on our own, and some we’ve been taught by others. Just think how   much the next generation could benefit from your lifetime of   experience.

Sharing your experiences can enrich a young life

Kids can get only so much from textbooks. They need to explore new things and develop “real life” skills in order to gain self-esteem. These are the key ingredients   for becoming happy, productive citizens. But, even though they are eager to   learn, today’s kids all too often don’t have the opportunity to benefit from the   diverse experiences of adults. Kids are our future leaders; their minds are open   and they appreciate the guidance and advice that comes only with experience —   your experience.

4-H means diversity in Florida…

If you thought you knew all about 4H, think again. 4-H has evolved since its inception in the early 1900’s. While the principles have   remained constant, the activities and projects have kept pace with the times to   appeal to new generations of youth. 4-H is not just a program for farm kids. 4-H   provides programs in cities and suburbs as well as in rural and farming areas.   It encompasses a wide range of projects to include the culturally diverse interest of youth all across Florida. Local clubs often plan and conduct their own events. Professional staff work with youth and adult volunteers to develop   programs based on the specific needs of each Florida county. There’s no   “one-size-fits-all” approach for a state as diverse as Florida!

Interested in being a volunteer?

Here’s how you can get started:

1) Join us at a new or potential volunteer meeting.

Check out our 4-H Orientation guide beforehand or if you have missed a recent orientation or training.

2) Join us at a 4-H event. Before committing as a volunteer, you might want to join other certified volunteers and 4-H youth at an event to see what we are about. You can find our updates and calendar of events here.

3) Register at 4honline. You can complete a volunteer application here for fill out a paper copy and return it to our office.

4-H Volunteer Packet-2017

4) Complete volunteer certification. This includes application, fingerprinting and background checks, and additional training. Please see the link below for more information about what type of role you would like to fill in 4-H and what screening is required.


5) Get INVOLVED! We look forward to you joining us as a 4-H volunteer and helping to make our youth’s best even better through your contributions and mentorship.

You can find out more about current clubs and starting your own 4-H Club here.

There are many other ways to be involved in 4-H as well. Stay updated at our website for Upcoming Events that can use your help. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with 4-H!

Here are just a few of the types of volunteers we need for our many events and projects. Let us know if you would like to join us and pass along your skills, experience, and mentorship abilities to future generations of leaders.


Types of 4-H Volunteers

What type of volunteer are you? This will decide what level of screening you need.

Episodic Volunteers

Judges, day/single event volunteers, special interest program leaders.

Episodic volunteers have a basic background check run. Please let our office know that you would like to volunteer and we will do this for you.

These volunteers are not allowed to be alone with any youth at any time and must be with a 435 Level 2 screened volunteer when at a 4-H event.

ALL of the following types of volunteers need to fill out a volunteer application and return this to the county agent, at this point, the county agent will conduct a volunteer interview which is required for all new volunteers.  All volunteers should also register with as a volunteer with Escambia County and, if applicable, denote their club affiliation.

Activity Volunteers

Help organize youth to coordinate an activity. These volunteers may help out at events frequently or infrequently but serve 10+ hours with 4-H youth. These volunteers require Level 1 screening.

Project Volunteers

Help lead youth in an activity that engages their particular expertise as part of a full project. These volunteers may volunteer to lead youth in only one project but work hands on in teaching youth mastery of a skill/project.

Project and Activity volunteers must be Level 1 screened. These volunteers must have an application on file with us. This also requires registering with as a volunteer and OYCS training online at

Organizational and Co-Organizational Volunteers 

Club leaders, overnight chaperones. This volunteer has the greatest responsibility and highest level of screening.

Organizational and Co-Organizational leaders are required to complete 435 Level 2 screening, in addition to Level 1 requirements. This requires the signing of an affidavit of good moral character and a formal background screening including fingerprinting. Escambia County 4-H will take on the cost of the fingerprinting process.

  1. Submit a volunteer application at 4HOnline at
  2. Talk to your 4-H Agent. The agent will interview you and orient you to volunteerism in Escambia County.
  3. Complete youth protection training (brief online video and quiz) at

STEPS TO 435 LEVEL 2 SCREENING (required for all 4-H Organizational, Co-Organizational,  Shooting Sports-Volunteers, and Overnight Chaperones):

  1. Complete all the steps for Level 1 screening.
  2. Sign and return an Affidavit of Good Moral Character to the 4-H office.
  3. Schedule a fingerprinting with the Escambia County 4-H office. Bring your Driver License to the 4-H Office to arrange an appointment for fingerprinting and photo. You will not be responsible for paying any fees associated with fingerprinting.

Once you have been cleared, you will be ready to go!


According to new Florida legislature Youth Protection Policies, no single adult can be with any youth at any time. TWO adults must be present with youth at all times. One of these adults must be a Level 1 or Level 2 screened 4-H volunteer.

When transporting youth, two screened adults must be present in the vehicle, regardless of how many youth are being transported, OR a vehicle with one screened adult can be in a convoy with a vehicle with another screened adult volunteer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the extension office at 475-5230. Thank you for completing this new security process, and for all that you do for 4-H.

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