Volunteer Information

4-H Leader Responsibilities

Types of 4-H Adult Leader Volunteers:

  • The Organizational leader: is the main leader of the club (there can also be Co-organizational leaders)
    • Attend District meetings
    • Main contact for potential new 4-H members
    • Work with other leaders, youth members, and the Marathon County Extension office to plan club activities for the year and complete financial review
  • Project leaders: State confirmed leader volunteers who plan and organize youth activities around a certain project(s) for and with 4-H youth. There can be multiple leaders for the same project in a club, and a project leader for a specific club, can hold meetings for the entire county.

more than one one person in a club who share the leadership responsibilities is essential to the long-term success of a 4-H club. The UW-Extension Office is a great resource for all leaders and the 4-H members.

Some specific responsibilities are:

  • Organize the club each fall (leaders and officers of a club).
  • Assist youth in the planning of the club’s yearly program, including the monthly meetings and activities (Encourage youth involvement!)
  • Assist in recruiting new project and activity leaders.
  • Recruit and work with youth leaders being sure they are active with with club activities and project meetings.
  • Make sure responsible officers are re-elected for the club and go over duties once new officers are elected.
  • Willing to help with or find people to help with county events
  • Be willing, and encourage others, to serve on county committees and attend other 4-H meetings
  • Obtain parental involvement with projects and activities
  • Let the club officers run the meeting, but help them understand their responsibilities. Be a good listener.
  • Assist members with project selections.
  • Send requested information to the UW-Extension Office on time
  • Keep members and parents informed on club activities
  • Attend 4-H Leader Certification Training. Must be done within the first year of leadership.
  • Make sure re-enrollment forms are turned into 4-H office by November 1st and new enrollment forms by March 1st.

Leader Resources

District Meeting Recordings


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