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Volunteer Training and Resources

The Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program is committed to offering both current and prospective volunteers a direct and convenient way to access essential training materials and other resources. To learn more about what is required to become a volunteer, contact your local county Extension Office.

Volunteer Resources

Diversity and Inclusion Resources

WSU 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing safe and inclusive environments for all youth and adults. The resources on this page will help volunteers when working with youth, adults and families. A special thanks to University of Minnesota Extension for helping gather these resources together.

Volunteer Training

Volunteer E-Learning Modules

This training includes four interactive, self-paced training modules, complete with review: “About 4-H,” “Positive Youth Development,” “Getting Started in 4-H,” and “Leadership and Teaching.”

These trainings are intended for potential volunteers, as well as current or past volunteers wanting a refresher.

To access the trainings, visit and sign in with your name and state. The password is “volunteer”

Put the Child First

WSU Extension remains committed in its efforts to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children and vulnerable adults. In our continuing efforts to assure a safe environment for all program participants, Washington State University Extension is requiring child protection training for all faculty, staff and volunteers working with youth and vulnerable adults.

This 20-minute presentation may be viewed at any time at your home or Extension office. Your registration for the training will be kept in the system as proof of your participation.

We appreciate your compliance with this requirement. For more information, contact your local 4-H faculty or staff.

To register for the training, visit Fill in the requested information and press “Submit Request”

You will receive an email with your password and instructions on how to access the course, or you can visit and login directly.

Preserve the Taste of Summer

WSU Extension has a new online food preservation program. “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 October 1, 2015, all 4-H Project Leaders leading Food Preservation projects and activities will need to have completed this training series to enroll.

The training series emphasizes best practices for food preservation and safety. It is designed for beginning and veteran canners who want to update their knowledge and skills. The lessons provide the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations. Topics include food safety, the basics of canning and information on specific food preservation methods, including pressure canning, boiling water bath canning, freezing and drying, as well as making fruit spreads and pickled foods. A certificate of completion is provided at the end of the course.

To take the online course, visit 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.

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Disease Prevention Module

The Disease Prevention Module is one of two modules brought to you by Veterinary Medicine Extension. This training module teaches you bio-security practices and how they can be used to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading diseases while raising 4-H livestock. It is a great way to learn disease prevention while providing you with inspiration and teaching ideas so you can bring these concepts to youth in your county!

Quality Assurance Module

Providing safe, wholesome products for consumers through 4-H projects.

The Quality Assurance Module is intended specifically for volunteer leaders and provides training, resources, and ideas to help prepare volunteer leaders to teach youth about quality assurance. This course was created in response to the need expressed by volunteer leaders throughout the state for an interactive on-line resource about quality assurance in 4-H livestock projects. We hope you find the content to be useful and that you will bring these concepts to youth in your county so that we produce safe wholesome products for consumers through 4-H livestock projects in Washington State!

Housing Environments Module

Providing clean and comfortable environments to optimize livestock health and well being. 

This is the third online training module offered through Veterinary Medicine Extension for 4-H Volunteer Leaders who work with youth livestock projects.

The Housing Environments Module is intended specifically for volunteer leaders and provides training, resources, and ideas to help prepare volunteer leaders to teach youth about livestock housing environments. This course was created in response to increasing concern over livestock health and welfare in this country and emphasizes the importance of optimizing housing environments to ensure 4-H livestock health and well being in Washington State, while promoting human health and environmental stewardship. We hope you find the content to be useful and that you will bring these concepts to youth in your county.

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