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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.

Volunteer Application

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.

VOLUNTEER SCREENING INFORMATION

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.

What is it? What projects do they do? When does it meet? How much does it cost? Who can participate? How do I get involved?
Volunteers Volunteers are the backbone of our program. Without adults serving as leaders for our youth, 4-H could not provide the outstanding instruction and leadership that teaches youth to become more productive citizens. Volunteers are needed for every project and event Year long Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities Vary, please as a 4-H agent about getting involved as a volunteer jsavely@ufl.edu
Volunteer Training Florida 4-H relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission to help youth gain the knowledge and life skills they need to be productive, responsible citizens.  Your time as a volunteer will provide these youth the safe environment they need to pursue whatever interests, causes, and leadership roles that are most important to them. As such, we provide training and support as you engage with the 4-H community and lead our youth. Various Multiple times per year, varies No cost Adults 18 and older are welcome to apply to be a volunteer. Training and screening is necessary for various roles that volunteers can take on. http://florida4h.org/volunteers_/resources/orientation/
Advisory Council 4-H relies of an active and knowledgeable presence in the community. We establish an advisory council to help identify needs in our county as well as to engage with county stakeholders that can help support the efforts of 4-H. Biannually No cost If you are interested in being part of the advisory council, let your 4-H agent know. The council is strategically selected to serve all aspects of our community. We will contact you with further information. jsavely@ufl.edu
Leadership Council Club volunteers help us to build our community club program because they are the feet on the ground and are well acquainted with our youth. These volunteers meet and discuss the needs of their clubs and their communities as well as engage with the broader outcomes of the local 4-H by being involved with planning. Monthly, the first Monday of the month at 6:00pm at the Langley Bell 4-H Center No cost Must be a volunteer to participate in the council and engaged actively with a community club.
Expansion and Review Committee This committee is specifically meant to target the needs of the underserved in our community and how 4-H can help address those needs. Members are active in underserved communities and provide a voice for 4-H and vice versa. Biannually No cost Youth and adult council members are necessary. One third of the council must be made up of youth representatives. If you are interested in serving, please contact an agent. This council is also strategically assembled to serve all parts of our community. jsavely@ufl.edu

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