As an educational organization, our first responsibility is to offer a safe and nurturing environment for the audiences we serve. This includes youth as well as adults. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for youth, volunteers and agents.
UT Extension is responsible and accountable to make every effort to involve skilled and safe adults in our program. Due to the liability issues in today’s society, we are obligated to request pertinent information from applicants that will assist in determining if the person qualifies as an Extension volunteer that can work with youth and is willing to abide by our mission and guidelines.
The following items are required to become a 4-H Volunteer:
1. 4-H Adult Volunteer Application form (either F809 or F832)
2. Tennessee 4-H Youth Development Volunteer Standard of Behavior (F833)
3. Tennessee Law on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse form.
4. Volunteers will need to complete the Department of Children’s Services online training on Child Abuse Reporting for Tennessee at:
Once required forms are completed, and submitted to the Extension office, they will be processed and an agent will contact the applicant for an interview. Processing includes reference checks and a background check.