4-H Youth Development
Volunteer with 4-H
4-H would not be possible without the help of volunteers!
These volunteers, called 4-H Leaders, are adults and older youth who work with groups of 4-H members.
Want to join the crew?
Contact your local county extension and/or complete the forms below.
New Castle County: (302) 831-8965
Kent County: (302) 730-4000
Sussex County: (302) 856-7303
Volunteer application, forms and guidebook
- Application packet (four forms) (A completed packet from a potential volunteer is the application form, two completed reference forms, and the signed volunteer expectations.)
- Interest inventory [pdf]
- Volunteer screening policy [pdf]
- University of Delaware Cooperative Extension volunteer handbook [pdf]
- University of Delaware nondiscrimination policy
Volunteer frequently asked questions
Are their different kinds of leaders?
Yes. Some teach members how to do things and are called project leaders. These leaders usually have a special interest or skill, such as photography, computers, clothing or gardening. Others who help a group get organized and run their meetings are called organizational leaders. Activity leaders coordinate a designated activity of the 4-H club, such as Family Night, tours, community service, club exhibits, recreational events, public speaking and fundraising.
Can the same person be a project and an organizational leader?
Sure, if they have the time and interest. Sometimes big clubs delegate these jobs and have several project leaders to meet all the interests that 4-H members have.
Who are junior leaders?
Anyone 13 years of age or older may be a junior leader. These teens assist organizational, project, and activity leaders in guiding the 4-H club or by leading a club or project group on their own. Junior leaders also give leadership to county 4-H events.
How many leaders should a club have?
That depends on the size of the club, how old the members are, time available by the adults, and how varied member interests are.
Where would I learn how to be a leader?
Your primary resource is the Cooperative Extension office in your county — the office secretary, the Extension 4-H agent and other Extension agents can help you. Your name will be put on a 4-H leader’s mailing list. You will be invited to training meetings, where you will be given the materials you need to organize a 4-H club. Ask for the name of an experienced leader near you with whom you can talk or call on when you have questions. The Delaware 4-H leader handbook is an excellent resource of written information to guide the 4-H leader. In addition, county and state 4-H leader training sessions are held throughout the year.