NEW VOLUNTEER LEADER PROCESS & INFO
We hope you'll be a part of extension as a 4-H volunteer. As a volunteer, you will partner with youth to discover their passions, adopt a growth mindset, practice self-reflection and set goals. 4-H projects and programs are focused around the core content of citizenship, healthy living, and science, engineering and technology using a "learn-by-doing" educational model. Our mission is to help youth to succeed and thrive while advancing academic knowledge in positive youth development.
4-H YDP Volunteers are appointed by the County Director. The decision to appoint or not appoint a volunteer (whether initially or upon renewal) rests with the County Director, in consultation with appropriate 4-H staff. All appointments are made for the best interest of the 4-H Youth Development Program and 4-H members.
Adults are eligible to participate in 4-H if they are 18 years of age or older. A volunteer cannot simultaneously be a 4-H member. Chaperones must be 21 years of age or older (county age requirement may differ).
You can find resources for leading 4-H Projects at: Training Modules
You can find safety information at ANR Environmental Health and Safety 4-H Resources.
Think about participating in the 3-day State 4-H Leaders' Forum!
You must complete the online portion of enrollment. Once you have completed your online enrollment status will show "Pending". You will then need to turn in your enrollment fee and 2-page Medical Form to your Club Leader. The Confidential Self-Disclosure form will need to go to the 4-H Office to complete the online enrollment process. The 4-H Office will complete the enrollment when these items are turned in and change your status to "Active". Link to adult enrollment forms:
Plumas-Sierra 4-H Enrollment page.
Every new leader must participate in the Leader Orientation available at:
4-H Volunteer Resources Orientation page. Print and follow along with the Leader Orientation Knowledge Quiz (The 4-H Office will need this quiz as proof of orientation). The video is only 24 minutes long. When you have completed watching the orientation video, your final step of the orientation process will be making an appointment with the 4-H Program Representative at the process will be making an appointment with the 4-H Office, which usually lasts about 15 minutes at which time you will complete and turn in your "Leader Orientation Knowledge Quiz" and sign a Volunteer Orientation Completion card verifying you have completed all steps in the orientation process.
CHILD SAFETY TRAINING - NEW
Every leader must now participate in the online Child Safety Training available at:
4-H Child Safety Training page. When you have completed watching the training you will be prompted to submit proof of completion of the course. Look for the option to print a copy of the certificate, to turn into the 4-H Office to keep on file.
FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION
Food Safety training is required for adult volunteers who are involved with food service and preparation where the general public is involved. This includes all fundraising and community service activities must have at least one member complete this training. Please note that any food related fundraisers submitted to the 4-H Office will be reviewed for club compliance with this policy. This training is also highly recommended for any project leaders running a food related project. The University's "Make it Safe, Keep it Safe" Food Safety Education has been made available in an online format, and can be accessed at 4-H Food Safety page. The training consists of six learning modules, as well as a pre and post-test. The post-test consists of 11 multiples choice questions and must be completed with a passing score of 80% in order to receive credit and certification. Please send a copy of you completion to the 4-H Office to be filed.
NEW LEADER LETTERS
You have completed all steps to become a appointed Volunteer Leader...Now What?
The Plumas-Sierra office has "New Leader Letters" for our first year volunteers. These letters are a general resource to provide ideas on how the 4-H Program functions and also gives ideas for club and project groups. Take a moment and browse the seven letter and please contact the 4-H Office if you have any questions, 530-283-6270.
Letters to New Leaders
- What is 4-H
- Nuts & Bolts of 4-H Projects
- Goals & Planning
- Leadership Styles
- Activities & Recognitiion
- 4-H Records
- Opportunities in 4-H