Maricopa County 4-H Volunteer Resources
Volunteers are the HEART of the 4-H program. 4-H Youth Development volunteers and Cooperative Extension staff are partners, working with youth to create safe spaces and caring relationships. To ensure these positive environments and relationships, Arizona 4-H requires a fingerprint-based background check and a minimum level of training before certifying that volunteers are ready to work with youth from other families.
Individuals who wish to become certified AZ 4-H Volunteers must complete the following before beginning to work with 4-H youth members.
- Submit your county's application form to your local county 4-H extension office. Potential 4-H Volunteer Information Form
- Participate in a face-to-face interview
Clear the Background Check. Follow Step #2 here
Why we do this: The safety of 4-H youth is the primary concern as the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension assigns volunteers to the program. We require all 4-H regular volunteers to clear a finger-print based background check. By requiring this clearance, we know that our 4-H youth are safe. Parents and communities know that youth are safe in our program. Volunteers know that their colleagues are united with them in the effort to keep youth safe.
The background check standard for University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is the Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Background check card (DPS card).
Complete the University of Arizona registration process for new volunteers (NetID and Designated Campus Colleague (DCC's) registration). Follow Step #3 here
Why we do this: The Designated Campus Colleague (DCC) relationship is the legal agreement between the volunteer and the University of Arizona. UArizona provides guidelines and training. Volunteers set up growth opportunities for youth. 4-H youth are encouraged to learn about themselves and their community. These same youth do activities to develop the skills they need to create positive change in their lives and communities. The legal relationship says that volunteers will follow university guidelines, and that the university will back the volunteer's efforts with guidance and legal support. Additionally, active DCC status provides access to university resources such as email, Google apps, and Zoom.
Register in ZingBooks
Why we do this: ZSuites ZingBook allows leaders to track their own records, track membership of the club, send emails to club members and the parents of club members, monitor project status, and view project books. Trainings for such things as equine helmet safety are available in ZSuites. County staff maintain records of volunteer credentials in this database. Youth can enter information and generate project books in this database.
- Complete the Volunteer trainings in ZingBooks (Youth Safety and Preventing Harassment Trainings). Review Step #6 here
- Participate in any New Leader Training required by your county
Club volunteers occupy many different leader roles, from Club Leader or Project Leader or Cloverbud Leader, etc. There is no limit to where/how you can volunteer!
- Volunteer Job Descriptions
- Starting a New 4-H Club
- Volunteer & Risk Management Guide
- Chartering and Financial Management Guide
Positive Youth Development FAQs for Volunteers
The Great Eight 4-H Pathways of Participation for Thriving
Igniting the Spark through 4-H Youth Development
Empowering Goal Setting: A basis for Improving Social Well-being in Youth
Turning 4-H Project Experience into Mastery: 4-H Record Books
Key Developmental Outcomes of 4-H Youth Development
Volunteer Training Videos
- Project Leader 101
-Youth Safety and Being an Authorized Adult
-Social Media as a 4-H Volunteer
- 4-H Marketing Standards