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Becoming a 4-H Youth Development Volunteer

University of Illinois Extension takes great pride in the quality of its adult leadership. Being a registered volunteer in the 4-H youth development program is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members require that selection of volunteers be taken seriously, and that the organization work to recruit the best possible volunteers. There is no sure way to detect a child molester or perpetrator of any kind of child abuse in advance of attempted or actual abuse.

Procedures for becoming a 4-H youth development volunteer:

New volunteers should not be enrolled until the above process is completed.
Forms and information found on the Illinois 4-H website:

Extension Volunteer Application
Authorization for Background Check
Conviction Information Name Check Request for Volunteers
University of Illinois Extension Volunteer Risk Management and Background Screening Policies and Procedures
Volunteer Behavior Guidelines