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Thank you for your interest in helping Minnesota youth thrive!

The Minnesota 4-H Youth Development program relies on a team of screened and approved volunteers to deliver high quality, culturally responsive learning opportunities for Minnesota youth of all identities. You don’t need be an expert or a parent to make a difference in the life of a young person.

Who can volunteer with 4-H?

  • Anyone who is at least 18 years old by Sept. 1 can apply to become a screened and approved 4-H volunteer.
    • 18-year-olds must be post-high school/GED and cannot be enrolled as both a 4-H member and a Minnesota 4-H volunteer. Once accepted as a Minnesota 4-H volunteer, they are no longer eligible for 4-H membership. 
  • Applicants who successfully complete the screening process outlined below and are placed in a volunteer role by the Extension educator in their county or tribal program.

Application and screening process

To ensure program quality and youth safety, we ask all of our volunteer applicants to go through a three-step screening process, including a criminal background check. 

Any of the three steps below may be completed online or via a paper form. For the best experience, steps 1, 2 and 3 should be completed in order on a laptop or desktop computer (rather than a mobile device). 

View the volunteer screening video guides if you need further assistance. 

Self-enrollment in 4-H Online is not a substitute for any of the steps below.


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