True leaders aren’t born...they’re grown.

With New York 4-H, youth grow to become confident and strong, curious enough to question and capable enough to find the answers. Grow to become young people who stick to a job until the job gets done and know how to work with others, as well as lead. Volunteer with New York 4-H and help grow true leaders in your community by empowering young people with skills to lead for a lifetime.

Why Volunteer with 4-H?

At the core of New York 4-H, and critical to the success of its youth, are the thousands of volunteers who give their time and talents to grow 4-H’ers. These volunteers serve in a number of capacities: some choose to help at camp, teach a workshop or lead a club, while others chaperone an event, lend their professional skills or help at the fair. As they provide hands-on guidance and real-world experience, these volunteers also offer young people another crucially important element: a healthy adult role model who helps to grow their confidence and ignite their dreams for the future.


To learn more about 4-H volunteer opportunities and to obtain a volunteer application form talk to the 4-H staff at your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office. Scroll on the NYS map and click on your county for contact information.


For Club Volunteers
NYS 4-H Club Leader Handbook and 4-H Cloverbud Handbook - These handbooks include statewide policies and procedures. Note that counties may have more specific policies.  Contact your local office for more details.

Project resources - Subject matter skills taught in projects are the foundation for the youth development. Materials for project work come from Cornell and other land grant universities. 

National 4-H has resources for 4-H volunteers including ideas for optimizing your next club meeting. National 4-H Headquarters 

Volunteer Training
4-H Volunteer e-Learning Online Course - the online orientation for 4-H volunteers (and staff). See the 4-H e-Learning Directions and the 4-H Volunteer e-Learning course link on the NYS 4-H Volunteer Involvement Staff Page under Development Opportunities.