The success of 4-H is due to partnerships and teamwork between volunteers and Extension agents. Volunteers are mentors and leaders and are key elements to sustain our motto – “to make the best better.” Volunteers make the best 4-H experiences possible!
Volunteers provide opportunities by:
- Teaching project subject matter and new skills for youth to gain knowledge, and
- Providing opportunities and experiences for youth to master skills learned.
With each trained volunteer comes a wealth of knowledge and skills providing a diverse and quality program for youth in the county 4-H program.
Application to be a 4-H Volunteer
As an educational organization, our first responsibility is to offer a safe and nurturing environment for youth we serve. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for youth, volunteers, and agents. To apply to be a 4-H volunteer, please contact your county Extension office.
Development and Training Opportunities
4-H volunteers are always learning and using new concepts and resources to provide fun and educational experiences for youth. There are a number of opportunities for you as a volunteer to learn and continue your development. Your county Extension agent will offer information and advice on learning opportunities. Some of them are:
- Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Program
- The Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Program is a volunteer-led program that teaches life skills through shooting sports. Youth learn safety and shooting techniques in various disciplines. This program is affiliated with National 4-H Shooting Sports. “4-H Certified” means that you are versed in the areas of youth development AND shooting sports. If you want to lead a group of young people in the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, you must become certified through a Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop.
- National 4-H Volunteer Conference hosted by the Volunteer Conference of Southern States
- 4-H volunteers from across the country connect during this four-day conference to focus on innovative programs, curriculum for clubs, best practices, networking, and leadership/personal development to support their roles as 4-H volunteers. The event is planned in partnership with volunteers and staff to create a program best suited to volunteer needs. Other highlights include speakers, curricula showcase, focused tracked sessions, and planned engagement in conversations and sharing.
Tennessee 4-H Youth Development recognizes that volunteers are essential to delivering the mission of our program. The Tennessee 4-H Volunteer Awards and Recognition program provides various opportunities to recognize the many outstanding volunteers that serve in our organization. Learn more about recognition opportunities in Tennessee 4-H below.