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Volunteering with 4-H

True Leaders Aren’t Born…They’re Grown!

With Rockland County 4-H, youth grow to become confident and strong, curious enough to question and capable enough to find the answers. Grow to become young people who stick to a job until the job gets done and know how to work with others, as well as lead. Volunteer with Rockland County 4-H and help grow true leaders in our community by empowering young people with skills to lead for a lifetime.

Why Volunteer with 4-H?

At the core of New York 4-H, and critical to the success of its youth, are the thousands of volunteers who give their time and talents to grow 4-H’ers. These volunteers serve in a number of capacities: some choose to help at camp, teach a workshop or lead a club, while others chaperone an event, lend their professional skills or help at the fair. As they provide hands-on guidance and real-world experience, these volunteers also offer young people another crucially important element: a healthy adult role model who helps to grow their confidence and ignite their dreams for the future.


  • Become an after-school club leader
  • Create and lead your own 4-H club
  • Facilitate a short-term program
  • Lead a workshop
  • Chaperone a trip
  • Join a planning committee
  • Evaluate 4-H Public Presentations
  • Volunteer with our Paper Clover Campaigns
  • And More!

To learn more about 4-H and Positive Youth Development, check out these resources:

4-H Volunteer e-Learning

This online training includes four interactive, self-paced training modules, complete with review: “About 4-H,” “Positive Youth Development,” “Getting Started in 4-H,” and “Leadership and Teaching.” These trainings are intended for potential volunteers, as well as current or past volunteers wanting a refresher.

To access the trainings, visit and sign in with your name and state. The password is “volunteer”. Click here for more information.

PYD 101

Positive Youth Development (PYD) 101 Online is a series of short courses intended to introduce PYD to new youth work professionals, volunteers, and advocates. It is based on, and can be used to supplement, the training curriculum Positive Youth Development 101 by Jutta Dotterweich. The online courses were created by Jutta Dotterweich and Karen Schantz of ACT for Youth, together with members of the Cornell University Social Media Lab. These stand-alone, interactive courses may be taken in any order. Each course can be completed in about 30 minutes. Courses are open to all; registration is required. The topics include:

  • Principles of PYD
  • Puberty and Adolescence
  • Youth and Technology
  • Youth Development Programming
  • Youth Voice and Engagement
  • Youth Work Ethics

Last updated July 31, 2019