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New Adult Volunteers

Our volunteers are a key part of the 4-H Youth Development Program.  

By volunteering, you are helping to grow the skills of 4-H youth to be future leaders.

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

Volunteering in 4-H is flexible and rewarding.  Share your expertise and experience with the youth and other volunteers to make things happen!

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. 

2023-2024 4-H New Adult Volunteer Appointment Process

Step #1: Contact a 4-H Community Club

In order to become a 4-H adult volunteer, you must contact a local 4-H Community Club within Kings County to find out what volunteer opportunities are available that you could fill. 

4-H Clubs in Kings County

Step #2: 4-H Volunteer Interest Survey

All volunteers that are new to the California 4-H Youth Development Program (CA 4-H YDP) or that were previous volunteers with a lapse in service of one year or more, must complete the 2023-2024 4-H Adult Volunteer Interest Survey as the first step in the California 4-H Adult Volunteer Application Process.

2023-2024 4-H Adult Volunteer Interest Survey

Step #3: Complete the online 4-H enrollment application.

If you were a 4-H adult volunteer or your family was enrolled in 4-H at any time during the past 5 years, your information from the 4-H Online system has migrated over into the new ZSuite enrollment system.  Consult the resources for Returning Families Adding a New Household Member on the CA 4-H Resource Center Enrollment page for instructions.  

Items to Note:  It is very important, if you are a Returning Family, to not create a new Account.  You will just need to reset your password.  It is important to use the email that was association with your 4-H Online account when requesting the updated password. 

The steps below are for New Families & Volunteers that are Creating a New Household and Adding a New Household Member.

  1. Go to https://4h.zsuite.org
  2. Click "Sign Up".
  3. Create a Household.
  4. Click "+Household Member" to add individuals to the household. Their birthdate determines their role as a Youth Member or Adult Volunteer.
  5. Complete all enrollment sections.
  6. After all enrollment sections are complete, Click "Submit".

Training materials and videos can be found on the CA 4-H Resource Center Enrollment page.  There are videos for New and Returning Families.

Step #4: New Adult Volunteer eXtension Training

2023-24 California New Volunteer Course - The required eXtension course for ALL new volunteers in California 4-H includes the following components for 2023-24:

  • Level 1 Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect for UC Volunteers (45 minutes)
  • Abuse Risk Management for Volunteers (15 minutes)
  • 4-H Orientation (40 minutes)
  • 2-Deep Policy Short (3.5 minutes)
  • Foundations of Positive Youth Development (20 minutes)

You will need an enrollment key for Kings county in order to access the course.  Please contact the 4-H office for the enrollment key (we are not able to post it on a public site).

Step #5: Background check with the California Department of Justice

All 4-H adult volunteers in California must complete a Live Scan background check with the California Department of Justice.  The Live Scan may be completed at any location that provides Live Scan service; fees vary by location.  You must take the Live Scan form (includes details that will allow California 4-H to receive your results) with you to have the Live Scan completed.

4-H Office staff will provide you with the correct Live Scan form once your 4-H  Adult Volunteer interest Survey and Enrollment Applications have been reviewed to determine the type of Live Scan needed.

Step #6: Enrollment fees.

California 4-H Enrollment Fees are $67 for youth members and $28 for adult volunteers.

Kings County 4-H youth member and adult volunteer enrollment fees are being paid for by the Kings County 4-H Sponsoring Committee.

Step #7: Enrollment approval.

Enrollment can be approved after the county 4-H office confirms:

  • Submission of all enrollment forms
  • Completion of enrollment requirements

The County Director reviews and approves 4-H volunteer appointments/re-appointments once the Adult Volunteer process is complete.

  • If approved, notification of your 4-H adult volunteer appointment will be sent via email.  If no email address is available, a letter will be sent by mail from the County Director.
  • If there are any limitations on the appointment, a letter will be sent from the County Director outlining the limitations of the appointment.
  • If not approved, a letter will be sent to the application from the County Director.

Once you are approved and your membership is active:

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