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Extension Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to the successful delivery of 4-H programs to youth. The value of the time, mileage, and out-of-pocket expenses that the 572,834 volunteer leaders contribute to 4-H annually exceeds $2 billion—five times the combined county, state, federal, and private sector support.

Today 4-H can claim:

  • 434,293 adult leaders.
  • 128,630 junior teen leaders.
  • 562,923 volunteers working directly with youth (adult and junior teen leaders combined).
  • 139,896 board and committee volunteers.
  • 31,015 middle managers working with youth and adult volunteers.
  • 243,430 volunteers trained in leadership.
  • 55,683 volunteers trained in parenting.
  • 123,046 volunteers trained in other topics.

Here are some exemplary leadership and volunteer development programs:

  • Community Voices is an award-winning, hands-on leadership development curriculum conducted by North Carolina A&T State University. It is designed to build skills and increase involvement by limited-resource and other nontraditional audiences in community problem solving.

  • The Volunteer Management Certificate Program at Washington State University is an award-winning, online learning experience that provides education and training in critical skills essential to recruiting, training, and managing volunteers.

Additional information on 4-H volunteerism and statistics can be found on the 4-H National Headquarters Web site.


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