UGA Extension Office

4-H Volunteer

Volunteer & Support

Why Volunteer?

Volunteer leaders are a crucial part of the growth and execution of our programs. Our leaders have the opportunity to assist in a variety of ways. Volunteer leaders must be at least 18 years of age, agree to be properly trained, and if selected, abide by the Georgia Volunteer Guidelines.

How to Get Involved

All volunteers are asked to complete an application and go through a screening process. This application and process has been created and is in place to protect the volunteers and all the people that are involved.

Supervising is defined as an adult who directs a youth's (other than their personal child's) behavior during an activity or event. All adults with supervisory roles must be screened. UGA Cooperative Extension employees have been screened through the employment process.  See Volunteer Types for explanation of various levels of certification and screening. To start the volunteer process contact the Dekalb County Extension Office.

Volunteer Types

Handbook For Screened Adults Working With Youth


Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

All Volunteers must complete a volunteer agreement 

Volunteers working with youth must complete a Volunteer Application, supply 3 non-related references, pass a background check, and complete the online training Georgia 4-H: Working with Youth...Managing Risk.

Volunteer drivers must pass a Motor Vehicle screening (included in volunteer application).

Categories of volunteers (See full description in the UGA Extension Volunteer Policy Overview):

General Volunteer

Screened Volunteer

Screened Volunteer Working with Youth

For more information, check out: UGA Background Investigation and MVR Procedures.


Volunteer Needs

We always have needs for volunteers to lead and support our programming.  Volunteers are also encouraged to lead special interest clubs in which they have expertise or personal interest.  For more information on how to become involved as a volunteer, please contact any of the 4-H Staff.