Become a 4-H volunteer!
Participants will share and develop valuable knowledge and skills related to youth leadership, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international cultures.
Join us for the tenth annual celebration of MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development at the Spartan Women’s basketball game.
Join other Michigan youth to experience college life, learn new ideas, and build skills needed for future success. 200+ action-filled classroom & field trip sessions offered.
Join other Michigan teens to learn about Michigan’s diverse natural resources, environmental science, the Great Lakes ecosystems and management issues.
Want to make a difference? Eager to give back to your community? Need a resume builder? Looking to leave a legacy? Enjoy working with young people? Ready to share your special talent? Want to learn a new skill?
There are a lot of reasons to become a Michigan 4-H volunteer! A program of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, Michigan 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the state, with more than 200,000 youth participating in countless ways. From veterinary science to performing arts, science and technology to youth entrepreneurship, and communications to outdoor and environmental education, today’s 4-H programs are so much more than farm animals—although we have those too!
At the core of Michigan 4-H, and critical to the success of its youth, are more than 20,000 volunteers who give their time and talents to 4-H’ers. These volunteers serve in a number of capacities: some choose to help at camp, teach a workshop or lead a club, while others chaperone an event, lend their professional skills or help at the fair. As they provide hands-on guidance and real-world experience, these volunteers also offer young people another crucially important element: a healthy adult role model who helps to build their confidence and ignite their dreams for the future.
So whether you want to pass your skills on to a new generation, give back to the community, leave a legacy or something else, invest in the future of Michigan as a 4-H volunteer. By giving your time to young people in your community, you’ll help them answer life’s little questions, achieve big dreams and prepare for a lifetime of success.
What are the steps to becoming a 4-H volunteer?
To become a 4-H volunteer, you can either:
- Contact the MSU Extension office in the county where you want to volunteer, or;
- Fill out and submit the web form on this page
The 4-H program coordinator in the county you’ve selected will follow up with you about next steps in the volunteer enrollment process. This includes an application process where the program coordinator will get to know your interests and talents, as well as a background check.
Interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer but have some questions of your own? Check out the FAQs section to learn more.