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Become a Volunteer

Volunteering with 4-H is truly a unique and rewarding experience. Become a 4-H volunteer today!

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The 4-H program is based on positive youth development where volunteers take a strength-based approach to build youth as leaders in their communities and assets to the world. Volunteers mentor young people to build their skills, knowledge and confidence. Being a 4-H volunteer provides the opportunity to help build your community, develop youth leaders and enhance your own skills as a volunteer.

Thanks for your interest in becoming a 4-H volunteer! Here are the basics you need to know:

  • The minimum age for a 4-H volunteer in Ontario is 18 years old.
  • If you are not old enough yet, ask about the other ways you can get involved!
  • All adults (18 years of age or older) who volunteer with 4-H in Ontario must complete a volunteer screening and training process to ensure the safety and well-being of 4-H youth.
  • All new leaders must complete all the steps noted above before starting to volunteer with 4-H
  • 4-H Volunteer are required to update their volunteer status with regular screening and training at regular intervals throughout their 4-H volunteer career.

All 4-H Ontario volunteers must complete the 4-H Ontario Volunteer Screening Process to ensure the safety and integrity of our program, and to better understand your talents and interests.

  • Application (coming soon) – When have submitted your application to 4-H Ontario you will be contacted by a member of the 4-H Ontario Volunteer Support Team who will guide you through the remaining steps in the process.
  • Interview with local 4-H Association Screening Committee
  • Reference checks – to be submitted with application
  • Completion and submission of a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check
  • Completion of a New Volunteer Orientation
  • Completion and submission of designated Child Protection training.

Note: 4-H Ontario has the sole and unfettered discretion to accept or decline a new volunteer candidate.