Volunteer Education

Program Contact: Lauren Hrncirik, 4-H Youth Development Regional Specialist
(509) 754-2011 ext. 4314 • lauren.hrncirik@wsu.edu

Certification Steps         Application 

Schedule of 4-H 101 Leader Education Sessions
4-H 101 Part 2 will be held March 11, 2017 at the Ritzville WSU Extension Office!
as of 2/17/2017 we have 8 firm RSVPs!

New Club Charter Training                   Food Preservation Training
Shooting Sports Training                     Animal Science Training

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LeaderYouth_LineDrawing_Filled4-H volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H program! 4-H can not grow and can not grow youth into tomorrow’s good citizens and community leaders without caring adults willing to share their time working with youth and other adults to create and conduct relevant activities and experiences.

To ensure 4-H youth have physically and emotionally safe, fun & learning environments at all 4-H activities, ALL adults with unsupervised access to 4-H youth must apply, be screened, trained, and certified for their specific roles.

In Grant, Adams, & Lincoln counties, the required basic 4-H Volunteer Leader Training is called “4-H 101.”

“4-H 101” – Laying the Foundation for a SPARKLING Youth Program!

“4-H 101” is conducted in two parts. BOTH are required for certification.

4-H 101 Volunteer Leader Training is an opportunity for ANYONE (leaders, parents, supporters, teens) in the Grant-Adams-Lincoln Co. WA area to enhance their skills to organize and provide dynamic activities and programs for youth.

Topics covered include:

    • Creating Safe & Supportive Environments
    • 4-H Policies, Procedures  & Program Management
    • Educational Design & Delivery

  • Principles of Positive Youth Development

Certification Steps:

Complete 4-H 101

  • 4-H 101 Part 1 –  PRIOR to attending Part 2 – register and complete:
    Basic Volunteer Training – E-learning Modules for Volunteers 
    The Password is “volunteer”
    Print off the certificate at the end of each module to provide to Extension Office as proof of completionLincoln-Adams residents without email or reliable internet that are not able to utilize local school, library, or friend’s computer can make arrangements through Karen Robertson (509-659-3209) to complete the on-line learning component.

AND

  • Attend 4-H 101 Part 2  Volunteer Leader Training
    Next Training:
    March 11, 2017
    WSU Extension Office, 205 W Main Ave., Ritzville, WA

RSVP to Karen Robertson at 509-659-3209 or email

8:30 – 8:55                 Check-in
9:00 – Noon               Training
Noon – 12:30 p.m.     Optional review of resources

Remember, you must return your 4-H Volunteer Application (preferably by March 2nd) and complete Part 1 of the training (online modules) prior to attending the in-person 4-H 101 Part 2 session.

Completed 4-H Volunteer Application, completion of both 4-H 101 Parts 1 & 2, + successful background check are required for certification and enrollment as a 4-H volunteer. A volunteer will be officially enrolled once the certification process is complete, and all information is submitted including “signed” forms in the 4hOnline enrollment system. Login instructions will be provided.

Additional Training sessions MAY be scheduled depending on the availability of 4-H Training Staff AND A MINIMUM of 5 adults that can agree to attend training on the same date in the same location. Watch for more details.

New Clubs & New Family 4-H Group Orientation

Once all are most of the prospective leaders of a new 4-H Club, or NEW Family 4-H Group are TRAINED and certified, (see above) an additional Club Charter/Group Orientation session will be scheduled for the General (Head) leader(s) of the group. This session will review and cover additional details concerning group organization.

4-H Kick Off – New Year and Revised Policy Training

Clubs & Family 4-H Groups returning from the previous year must send at LEAST the General (head) leader to a 4-H Kick Off New Year Meeting in the fall of the year. The Kick Off Meetings for the 2016-2017 4-H year have already been held for the Lincoln-Adams area.

Additional Education for 4-H Volunteers

Put the Child First  – Required for ALL 

ALL WSU 4-H Staff & Volunteers must have successfully completed the Put the Child First child protection training prior to working with youth in the 4-H program. This presentation was incorporated in 4-H VLT in recent years, in 4-H 101 Part 2 last year and continues to be included in “4-H 101 Part 2.”  For those not attending the 4-H 101 Part 2 session, the presentation is available online. To register for the training, visit http://universalvoltraining.wsu.edu/. Fill in the requested information and press “Submit Request”   The training needs to be completed once and does not have to be repeated each year.  Residents without reliable internet access can contact Karen 509-659-3209 (Lincoln-Adams WA) or your local WSU Extension Office for options.

Preserve the Taste of Summer (Required for Food Preservation Project leadership)

Preserve the Taste of Summer is a series of eight online lessons for 4-H project leaders leading Food Preservation curriculum and activities, as well as the in-home consumer. Beginning September 1, 2015, all 4-H volunteers leading projects involving food preservation must have completed this training series to enroll as a Food Preservation Project Leader.

To take the online course, visit http://preservesummer.cahnrs.wsu.edu to register for the series.  To participate, you will need a computer manufactured in the last five years and have a stable internet connection.  The cost of the series is $25.00. Informational Flyer. If you are unable to access this course at home, library, or other location, check with your local WSU Extension Office for options. Please print off any documentation as you complete each of the chapters to provide proof of completion to the Extension Office.

Shooting Sports (Required for Shooting Sports Project leadership)

Additional 4-H Shooting Sports Training for specific shooting sports disciplines is required for certified 4-H volunteers to lead 4-H Shooting Sports Projects. Lincoln and (East) Adams 4-H leaders interested in leading shooting sports projects should contact Karen Robertson 509-659-3209. You will be notified when 4-H Shooting Sports Trainings are scheduled in WA or ID.
More info on WA State 4-H Shooting Sports.

Archery 4-H Shooting Sports Training
March 24 – Newoport Extension (or online via Zoom)
AND March 25 – in Newport

WSU Pend Orielle County Extension is hosting a 4-H Archery Project Leaders training on March 24th from 6:30-9:00 PM at the WSU Extension office in Newport or via Zoom (internet on-line meeting) and on March 25th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Stratton Elementary in Newport.The cost will be $75.00 and checks should be made payable to “POC 4-H Clubs.”

Please use this online form to register. If you have any questions, please Vickie Blanchet by email or by calling (509) 447-2481 ext. 6501. Hope to see you there!

4-H Shooting Sports Training
April 22 & 23, 2017
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Possible Disciplines: Archery, Hunting, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun
(A minimum of 5 participants in a discipline are needed for that discipline to be held)
Participants will be able to select 2 disciplines to complete in the weekend.

This statewide leader training and certification will support the State 4-H Policy regarding the 4-H Shooting Sports instructors in Idaho & WA. 4-H Shooting Sports instructors on the county level must: • Be at least 21 years of age (18 years for assistant instructors) • Be screened, trained and appointed as a current 4-H volunteer through their local County Extension Office. • Successfully complete instructor discipline training administered/sanctioned through the University of Idaho or WA 4-H Youth Development Office. • Be trained and certified in any discipline(s) that they are teaching at the county level. • Participants must attend the entire training and successfully complete all aspects to receive their respective discipline certification.
Registration Contact: Teresa Balderrama, 208-446-1680, email
Additional Information & Registration Form

 Animal Science

Education for 4-H Livestock Volunteers (Highly recommended)

Check out the on-line training modules for 4-H livestock leaders! On-line training is an accessible, interactive, and fun way to learn more about topics that are important for youth livestock projects!
Visit the Veterinary Medicine Extension 4-H & Fair Page for topics such as:

  • Animal Disease Screening Tools
  • Biscecurity
  • Disease Prevention and Housing Modules
  • Quality Assurance