How do I get involved as a 4-H volunteer?
This question can be answered by contacting your county Extension office or call the state 4-H office at 662-325-3350.
What are the requirements to be a 4-H adult volunteer leader?
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Must be 21 years of age to chaperone 4-H'ers
What are my roles and responsibilities as a 4-H volunteer?
- The following roles are available in 4-H:
- Organizational Leader
- Project Leader
- Activity Leader
- Resource Volunteer
- Teen Leader
- 4-H Volunteer Responsibilities include:
- Accepting assignments
- Respect the confidence of public and 4-H
- Follow guidelines and policies as established by the University Extension Service, State 4-H Program and County 4-H Program
- Provide feedback, suggestions and recommendations to salaried staff
- To use your time wisely
- To communicate your limitations
- Be considerate, respect others' competencies, and work as a member of a team
What training opportunities are available for 4-H Volunteers?
The following training opportunities are available:
- County training conferences
- Area training conferences
- District Leader Forums
- State Forums
- Regional Forums
What types of recognition are available to 4-H volunteers?
- County Scholarships
- Reimburse assignment-related expenses
- Service Stripes
- Invitation to staff meetings
- Accommodate personal needs and problems
- Respect your wishes
- Informal Teas
- Greet by name
- Volunteer Banquet
- Persuade personal to equate volunteer experience with work experience
- Thank You Notes
- Recognition in media
- Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award
- Governor's Volunteer Service Award
The Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions began in 1969 as a conversation between two Mississippi State University livestock specialists dedicated to building better youth through livestock programs.
It all started back in 1966, when former 4-H’er Ruby Beckley decided to become a 4-H volunteer leader. During her own days in 4-H, she won corn-growing competitions, and she knew, even though she wasn’t a mother yet, she needed to share her talents with the next generation.
For Mattie and Willie Williams, it’s always been about the children. They first got involved with the MSU Extension Service through 4-H when their children were young. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
Katelyn Orr helped Cleveland residents get their hearts pumping and burn a few calories during the Community Walk in April.
After working all day, Deidra Rollins knew the last thing she wanted to do was spend every evening and weekend at the ball field. But she wanted something she and her daughter, Tory, could do together. So she stopped by the local Mississippi State University Extension Service office.
When she started volunteering with Tate County 4-H almost 15 years ago, Joy Magness didn’t know much about the youth development program delivered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
She was home-schooling her two children, Samantha and Eli, and her fellow home-schooling parent and friend Adelia Gaines asked Magness if she’d like her kids to join 4-H and if she’d like to volunteer.