Adult Roles in a 4-H Club
Adult Volunteers serve in a variety of roles in a 4-H club:
- 4-H Community Club Leader - Provides administrative support for the 4-H clubs. See Sample 4-H Adult Volunteer Position Description-Organizational Unit Volunteer (Club Leader) position description.
- Project or program volunteers - Have expertise in particular areas which they teach to participants, parents/guardians, or special interest groups. See Sample 4-H Adult Volunteer Position Description-Project Adult Volunteer position description.
- Activity or event volunteers - Provide leadership within a specific, short-term project or activity. These activity volunteers work with 4-H members to make preparations for the activity, obtain relevant literature and distribute it to adult and youth participants, and coordinate the activity or community event. See Sample 4-H Adult Volunteer Position Description-Activity or Event Adult Volunteer position description.
- Resource and key volunteers - Have expertise in club organization, planning and conducting activities, or specialized subjects relating to projects. See Sample 4-H Adult Volunteer Position Description-Resource Key Adult Volunteer position description.
- Other volunteer roles - Help with transportation, management, or recruitment. Adult volunteers may also serve on county and state level 4-H committees.
The Role of Parents
Parents and adult volunteers helping in the 4-H Youth Development Program are encouraged to be respectful of the club's youth and adult leaders. The club's youth members should make the club's decisions. Adult leaders should serve as advisors, project leaders, resource providers, and youth coaches.
Parents are encouraged to attend meetings and participate in club activities and events. Adults should also support their child’s efforts by providing resources and supplies for projects, encouraging youth leadership, and, if necessary, facilitating the planning process. Read more in the Adult Guidelines.