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Volunteer With Yancey County 4-H

Volunteers are the Heart of Yancey County 4-H!

In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. Through  hands-on educational activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable, and compassionate members of their communities. 4-H provides opportunities for youth ages 5-18 years old.

Whether you are interested in Red Heart with Saying "Volunteers are the heart of 4H"becoming a club leader, or you just have a few hours to invest, Yancey County 4-H has exciting volunteer opportunities available. See the different volunteer roles listed below to find out how you can get involved in Yancey County 4-H!

Program Areas include STEM, cooking, health/nutrition, wildlife & natural resources, livestock, citizenship & leadership, horticulture, family and consumer sciences and more!

Become a Volunteer Today and Help Influence the Leaders of Tomorrow!

  • Please Note: All 4-H volunteers who work directly with youth in any unsupervised capacity (i.e., club leaders chaperones, etc.) are required to complete and pass a background check and have a current Volunteer Application on file with their local 4-H office.

There are many different ways to help support the 4-H program, regardless of whether you have children enrolled in 4-H or not. You do not need previous experience with 4-H to volunteer. There are opportunities to work directly with children, or work ‘behind the scenes’ with 4-H programs. It all depends on your interest and talents.

Working Directly with Children

Club Leader

  • JOB DESCRIPTION: Club leaders meet with their club once or twice a month, working with members and their families to coordinate club activities. Often, several leaders will work as a team dividing the responsibilities for managing the club. Such divisions are based on the volunteer’s interests and skills, and may include leading educational programs, coordinating field trips, organizing fundraising projects, or planning for community service activities.
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Most club leaders spend about 5-10 hours per month planning for meetings and meeting with the club members.

Special Interest Instructor

  • 4-H offers many short-term educational programs that generally meet after school or in the evenings, or during the day when school isn’t in session. A wide range of topics are offered, depending on the volunteers available, and their skills. Examples are: sewing, woodworking, horticulture, electricity, and quilting, beekeeping and horses.
  • JOB DESCRIPTION: Special Interest Instructors prepare the materials and lead classes. For many topics, 4-H has leaders’ guides, with prepared lesson plans, and members manuals available. Volunteers determine the number of participants and establish the age limits for their class. Most classes are offered to children in one of three age groups: 5-8, 9-12, or 13-18.
  • TIME COMMITMENT: The time commitment varies depending on the topic. Often, special interest groups meet for 4-6 weeks, 2 hours per week.

Working Behind the Scenes

Judge

  • JOB DESCRIPTION: 4-H offers many competitive events throughout the year, and lots of judges are needed to share their positive comments and expertise. Judges are needed who are knowledgeable about the following topics: sewing, talent, gardening, baking, art, and photography. Judges evaluate each child’s work using a written evaluation form.
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Depends on the event. 1-2 hours typically.

4-H Advisory Council Member

  • JOB DESCRIPTION: The Advisory Board is the guiding body of the 4-H program. It is made up of a team of 10-15 community, civic, and 4-H leaders who work with local staff to guide and support the local program.
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Board members usually meet quarterly for about 2 hours per meeting and assist with programs and activities throughout the year.

4-H Summer Program Volunteer Assistant

  • JOB DESCRIPTION: Serve as a chaperone for program participants, ages 5-19 including helping with roll call, preparing and serving snacks, helping youth to comprehend and follow instructions and assist the 4-H staff as necessary to ensure that all youth are safe.
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Varies according to the length of the workshops.

We invite you to join the 28,000 men and women who volunteer to help 4-H youth in North Carolina each year. YOU can make a “REAL DIFFERENCE” for the youth in Yancey County — giving them something positive and meaningful to do! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more information, please contact Jordan English, 4-H Agent at 828.682.1871 or jlenglish@ncat.edu.