“I’ve been a part of 4-H my whole life. I preach it, promote it and support it. Its well worth my time.” — A 4-H volunteer
- Why become a 4-H volunteer?
- Volunteers make 4-H happen
- Just five steps to becoming a 4-H volunteer!
- How much time?
- Getting started with your 4-H club or group
- Where to find learning resources
- MSU Extension county/district offices
- State 4-H volunteer training events
- 4-H Volunteer e-Learning Course
- Inspire and empower youth
- Meet new people
- Share what you have learned
- Develop your leadership skills
- Make a difference
- Leave a legacy
Club leaders oversee the operation of a club and coordinate its activities.
Project and activity leaders help 4-H’ers plan and conduct projects and group activities.
Behind-the-scenes volunteers provide support for club activites, events, trainings, etc.
County-level volunteers may assist with after-school programs or help at fairs.
State-level volunteers help with statewide activities and conferences such as Capitol Experience and Exploration Days.
- Decide that you have the time and interest to help kids explore and chart positive futures.
- Consider volunteering to lead a 4-H group in your community, your local school (before or after school), your church or any other location where there are kids who need positive, committed adult role models in their lives.
- Contact your county MSU Extension office to find out about local opportunities for 4-H involvement.
- Complete Michigan State University Extension’s Child Well-Being Volunteer Selection Process.
- Share your skills, knowledge and talents while having fun with kids, and you’re sure to make a difference in their lives.
You can plan the time you spend in 4-H around your family and job. You don’t have to know a lot about a subject to be a volunteer. Many resources are available to give you a working knowledge of 4-H project areas. Many volunteers learn right along with the youth they work with! MSU Extension provides low-cost materials and workshops for volunteers on an ongoing basis.
Michigan 4-H youth programs are open to youth ages 5 to 19. Although 4-H provides learning materials, events and training in a variety of program areas, the opportunities for 4-H involvement are only restricted by participants’ interests and imaginations. Leaders should survey the youth they work with to decide what projects and activities to pursue. 4-H clubs and groups include at least five members. For more information on specific requirements for registering your 4-H club or group, contact your closest MSU Extension office.
Michigan 4-H Youth Development offers a wide variety of projects and learning opportunities for young people and the adults and older teens who work with them. Look in the Programs area of this website to find statewide resources and events listed by interest area.
Michigan State University Extension is located in every corner of Michigan. Counties have 4-H youth development staff members to help you volunteer with an existing 4-H club or group or start a new one. Your MSU Extension office is a valuable source of information on learning materials, training and local opportunities for 4-H involvement.
A complete list of annual state 4-H volunteer training events with brief descriptions is available under Events. Most 4-H volunteer training events take place at the state’s premier 4-H leader training facility, Kettunen Center in Tustin, just east of Cadillac. Events are also held on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, at Tollgate Education Center in Novi, just west of Detroit, and at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, near Battle Creek.
The 4-H Volunteer e-Learning Course is designed to help 4-H volunteers learn basic information about their volunteer duties.
- 4-H and Michigan State University Extension Promotional Resources
- 4-H Citizenship, Leadership & Service Program Funding Brochure
- 4-H Club Kit Promotional Poster
- 4-H Guiding Principles for Positive Youth Development
- 4-H Middle Management Job Description & Marketing Materials
- 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Trip Plan Samples
- 4-H Participant Age Policy FAQ
- 4-H Pledge: American Sign Language
- 4-H Promotional Toolkits
- 4-H Service Log
- 4-H Shooting Sports . . . A Risky Business (Risk Management for 4-H Shooting Sports Events)
- Basic Parliamentary Procedure for 4-H Clubs
- Becoming an Authorized 4-H Group & Maintaining That Status
- Character Development & Education Bibliography
- Characteristics of Effective 4-H Clubs
- Citizenship Is Part of Character
- Communications Toolkit: Fun, Skill-Building Activities to Do With Kids (4H1560)
- Competitive Event Resources
- County 4-H Volunteer Handbook
- Defining Michigan 4-H Youth Development
- Eat Healthy! Be Active! Play Outside! Enjoy Nature! Make Friends! Youth Activity Sampler
- Financial Guidelines for Michigan 4-H Clubs & Groups
- Food, Culture & Reading: A Facilitators Guide for Grades 4-6
- Group Dynamite Notebook (Selections; 4H1068)
- Group-Building Ideas for 4-H Club & Group Meetings
- Guide to Exploring African American Culture
- Helping You Help Officers & Committees (4H1467)
- Inclusive 4-H: Expanding Inclusive Opportunities for Youth & Volunteers
- Member’s Personal 4-H Record Book (4H1192)
- Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden
- Michigan 4-H Cloverbud Program Policy Information
- Michigan 4-H Club Development Guide
- Michigan 4-H Participant Age Policy
- Michigan 4-H Pins & Stickers
- Michigan 4-H Project Snapshot Sheets
- Michigan 4-H Recognition Handbook
- Michigan 4-H Secretary’s Record Book
- Michigan 4-H T-Shirt Order Form
- Michigan 4-H Treasurer’s Record Book (4H1203)
- Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Fast Facts
- Michigan State University Extension Volunteer Selection Process
- Michigan State University: College Planning Resources
- Money Management Educational Resources & Opportunities
- No Child Left Inside: 4-H Introduces Kids to a World of Nature
- Operation Military Kids Resources for Families
- Partner with Youth to Make a Difference in Communities!
- Passport to the World
- Peer Helping Organizations
- Planning Your Community Service Project: Based on a Community Service-Learning Model
- Pre-College Programs & Resources
- Ready to Go: Mentor Training Toolkit (4H1642PDF)
- Request for Official Approval to Establish a Michigan 4-H Youth Group
- Service and Cloverbuds – A Great Fit
- Spartan Youth Programs
- Tips & Tools for Planning Your Club Year (Annual Club Calendar)
- Windows on Asian Culture
- Youth Development: 5- to 8-Year-Olds
- Youth Development: Early Adolescents (Ages 9 to 15)
- Youth Development: Older Youth (Ages 15 to 19)
- Youth-Adult Housing Policy for 4-H Overnight Events
- ¡Qué Rico! LaCultura Latino Cultural Arts Bilingual Group Activities for Youth K-8