4-H members are helped by adult volunteer leaders. Every 4-H club has one or more adult leaders.
These volunteer leaders:
- Help teach boys and girls.
- Help organize the club.
- Help officers and assist at meetings.
- Inform parents about 4-H.
There are different kinds of 4-H leaders:
- General Club Leader: The main club leader and organizer who works with general club meetings.
- Project Leader: Works with members on their specific project work.
- Activity Leader: Responsible for one or more activities. Some examples are recreation, record keeping, public presentations or community service activities.
- Teen Leader: Works under the guidance of an adult. Helps with activities and events or helps members with their project work.
4-H Volunteers are valued by WSU Extension and the 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H volunteers and extension staff work together as a team.
How Do I Become A 4-H Leader?
Call the 4-H office at your WSU Whitman County Extension at (509) 397-6290 if you would like to start your own club. We will arrange an orientation meeting explaining 4-H guidelines and will give you the materials and publications needed for your new club.
All adult volunteer leaders need to:
- Contact the WSU Whitman County Extension Office
- Complete and sign the 4-H Application
- Have 3 reference forms completed
- Complete the E-Learning Modules- How to access eXtension E-Learning Modules
- Complete Putting the Child First Video- How to access eXtension Putting the Child First
- Attend face to face Leader Training
- Register Online
- Complete Background check with Sterling Volunteer
All adult leaders are required to attend Volunteer Leader Training by a 4-H agent. These classes are held throughout the 4-H year.