How to Become a 4-H Leader

Be a 4-H Volunteer. YOU can make a difference.

4-H is an experiential learning youth education program for boys and girls ages 8-19. Its practical life skills education in science and technology, healthy lifestyles and citizenship can reach any kid ... anywhere ... any time through 4-H clubs, camps, after-school programs and events. 4-H volunteers and professionals have a great deal of latitude in determining when, where and how 4-H “learn-by-doing” activities take place.

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

With the guidance of 4-H volunteers, youth:

  • Learn by doing
  • Develop leadership and life skills
  • Make new friends
  • Give back to the community
  • Build connections with others
  • Prepare, do and share

More and more youth need the values, skills and guidance 4-H offers. As a 4-H volunteer, you are supported by 4-H professionals through your local Cooperative Extension Service, a branch of your state’s land-grant university.

Sign Up to Be A Leader

People volunteer for 4-H for many reasons. One obvious benefit is to help guide and counsel our country’s future citizens and leaders. You’ll also grow as a person, develop new leadership skills, meet new friends and have great adventures!

To become a leader in the Weld County 4-H Program, the following steps must be completed:

  1. Complete the Leader Application through 4-H Online.
  2. Receive three positive references. Once we receive your New Leader Application Packet, we will send reference questionnaires to the individuals you provide.
  3. Complete the New Leader Training.
  4. Pass a background check.

Once you begin your application, you have a maximum of three months to complete all the steps. This means the leader approval process can take anywhere from one week to three months, depending on how fast the steps are accomplished. You will receive a letter once you are approved.

Please note: Only authorized leaders should act as leaders, and only authorized leaders are covered under CSU insurance.