OSU Extension takes great pride in the quality of its adult leadership.  Being a recognized volunteer in the 4-H youth development program is a privilege, not a right.  The quality of our 4-H program and safety of our youth members requires that the selection of volunteers be taken seriously and that out organization work to recruit, train and support the best possible volunteers.
 
 

New Volunteer Selection Process

 
All prospective individuals interested in becoming a new 4-H Volunteer in Cuyahoga County must complete all of the steps noted below in the stated order:
 
Deadlines  Steps
     

Step One:

Attend a Prospective Volunteer Orientation: Overview of 4-H & Key Elements of Positive Youth Development

March 1 

Step Two:

 

Step Three:

Extension staff will contact prospective volunteers to schedule an interview.
 
April 1

Step Four:

Upon completion of a successful interview process, the prospective volunteers will be given information to obtain required background checks, per University policy.
 
June 1

Step Five:

Attend 4-H Volunteer Required Training:  Part A- Basic Nuts and Bolts and Part B- Club Management Tips & Techniques.
 
 
After all 5 steps have been completed and the results of the background checks have been reviewed, the new volunteer will received a letter from the County Extension office indicating acceptance or rejection.
 
All 4-H Volunteers are expected to agree to and abide by the 4-H Volunteer Standard of Behavior.
 
 

 

Annual 4-H Volunteer Re-Enrollment

 
All current volunteers in good standing who are interested in re-enrolling as a 4-H Volunteer in Cuyahoga County for the upcoming 4-H program year must complete all of the steps noted below in the stated order:
 
Deadlines Steps
January 1 - March 1

Step One:

Complete and update any necessary information on the Volunteer Re-Enrollment form.  A copy of the pre-filled form will be emailed to the volunteer by December 31st.  
 
Deadline is March 1st.
October 1 through June 1
 

Step Two:

Attend at least two (2) volunteer professional development opportunities that are either offered or approved by the Extension professional - Please see Upcoming Volunteer Training Opportunities schedule.
 
Deadline is April 30th.
May 1 through July 1
 

Step Three:

Volunteer status notification will be sent directly to the volunteer and, if applicable, the Club Advisor.

 

 

Step Four:

If a continuing volunteer attends a County-sponsored training session, he or she should fill out and return whatever evaluation is passed out at the end of the session.  If a volunteer attends a session out of County or one sponsored by an outside organization, he or she should fill out the Volunteer Training Feedback Form and return it to the 4-H Office.  If the training meeting is an all-day program and involves breakout sessions, volunteers should fill out and return  the form for at least two of the breakout sessions attended.

All 4-H Volunteers are expected to agree to and abide by the 4-H Volunteer Standard of Behavior.