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New Adult Volunteers

All it takes is one person to make a positive impact in a child's life

New 4-H Adult Volunteer Application Process:

All 4-H adult volunteers must apply and be appointed annually. Please follow the steps below to apply to be a 4-H adult volunteer. 

Click here to download pdf version of instructions.

1. Contact Your Club 

Contact your club to determine your role as a volunteer based upon your skills and the needs of the club.

2. Screening Process

All new 4-H volunteers must go through a screening process. Our #1 priority in 4-H is the safety of young people. We do all we can to protect young people and keep them safe while they are in our care. An important part of providing a safe environment is to conduct background checks on our volunteers and staff. Everyone that will be spending an extended time with our 4-H youth is screened. When you become a 4-H volunteer, you are part of the plan to keep our young people safe.

a. Complete the online 4-H Volunteer Interest Survey in English or Spanish. 

b. Create an adult volunteer profile on 4hOnline.* Please note that the email address you enter in the Family email is the primary way you will receive communications from 4-H. After creating your profile, please check your Family email for information on next steps to becoming an approved Volunteer. If you do not receive an email, please verify that the email entered in 4hOnline is correct and notify your county 4-H Representative.


c. Complete a Live Scan background check with the California Department of Justice.  Print the Kings County 4-H Live Scan Form and call the Kings County Sheriff's Office (559) 852-2790 to make an appointment.

3. Complete New Volunteer Training

eXtension CampusAll new 4-H volunteers are required to take the New Volunteer Training online courses in the eXtension system before they become approved as volunteers. This interactive training series introduces you to the best practices in positive youth development that are used in 4-H. The trainings are available in English and Spanish.

Instructions to create an account in eXtension will be sent to your Family email address. If you do not receive an email, please verify that the email entered in 4hOnline is correct and notify your county 4-H Representative. You should receive your County Enrollment Key from your County Extension Office. 

For direct links to the instructions and eXtension courses, please see our Learning and Development page.

If you have created your account and already have your county enrollment key, you can access the New Volunteer Training by clicking the English or Spanish versions below. 

2020-2021 California New Volunteer Course

2020-2021 Nueva Capacitación de Voluntarios de California

4. Pay Enrollment Fees

Enrollment fees may be paid with cash or check directly to your club


The County Director reviews and approves 4-H volunteer appointments after

  • You are signed up in 4hOnline.
  • You have passed the screening process.
  • You complete all of the New Volunteer Training required.

Once you are approved, the fun begins!

  • Start connecting with 4-H families about your new role.
  • Take advantage of 4-H resources:
    • Skills development workshops
    • Approved curriculum to plan your projects
    • Volunteer leadership conferences

Once your membership is active, you can start participating in
4-H events and activities!