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New Adult Volunteers

2020-2021 Program Year
Orientation & Training Requirements


Applying to be a 4-H adult volunteer:

All 4-H adult volunteers must apply and be appointed annually.

A volunteer leader must be 18 years or older. A 4-H adult volunteer cannot simultaneously be a 4-H member. All NEW 4-H adult volunteers, and those returning adult volunteers who have had a break in service of one year or more (If you are not sure, please send an email to vawilliams@ucanr.edu) must complete the volunteer application & enrollment process, including the live-scan criminal records check.  An adult interested in serving as an adult volunteer is eligible for “appointment” by the Director after completing the required steps below.

The following mandatory items must be completed within 30 days of initiating ANY step of the enrollment process.  

Please follow the steps below to apply to be a 4-H adult volunteer.

  1. Fill out the online survey at 4-H Adult Volunteer Interest Survey
  2. One-on-one interview may be required (will be notified by county-based staff or volunteer).
  3. Submit 4-H adult volunteer application online at: https://ca.4honline.com. Create a profile, enter all required information, and submit.   Please make sure the email address in the system is correct and one you check regularly. 4HOnline adult status will show as pending.  See New Adult Volunteer Online Enrollment Instructions below.
  4. Complete the required online training in eXtension* at: ‘2020-2021 California New Volunteer Training’.  A total of THREE hours of training
    • Introduction to the Course
    • Module 1:  4-H Volunteer Orientation (approx. 40 min)
    • Module 2:  Foundations of Positive Youth Development (approx. 20 min)
    • Module 3:  Toward an Interculturally Connected 4-H (approx. 60 min)
      • Foundations
      • Connected 4-H:  Lesson 1
      • Connected 4-H:  Lesson 2
    • Module 4:  Abuse Risk Management for Volunteers (approx. 15 min)
    • Module 5:  Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect (approx. 40 mins)
    • Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect Acknowledgment

♦  (*Note: Once adult status is pending in 4HOnline, an email will be sent from 4HOnline with instructions to take the required trainings in eXtension along with the county password. Check your junk/clutter/spam folder if this email is not in your inbox. If needed, the password can be requested by clicking on this link: County Password request).

5.  Complete any additional trainings required by your county.
6.  Submit program fees - $30 for the 2020-2021 Program Year (checks/money orders to be made
     payable to:  UC Regents)
7.  Download Responsibilities of 4-H Project Leaders 2019-20 PDF , complete and submit
      a 2020-21 Project Leader Agreement PDF Fill-in 8-1-20 .
8. Complete live-scan criminal records check with the State Department of Justice.  Form is
9.  The application is reviewed by the county director after you have completed steps 1
      thru 8.

    1. If approved, notification of your 4-H adult volunteer appointment will be sent from 4HOnline.  If no email address is available a letter will be sent by mail from the county director.
    2. If there are any limitations on the appointment, a subsequent letter will be sent from the county director.
    3. If not approved, a letter will be sent to the applicant from the county director.

Before service as a volunteer begins, the Capitol Corridor Director must confirm your appointment prior to any involvement with youth.
Your status in 4HOnline must be ACTIVE.

New Adult Volunteer Online Enrollment Instructions 2019-20 PDF


Before service as a volunteer begins, the Capitol Corridor Director must confirm your appointment prior to any involvement with youth.

Your status in 4HOnline must be ACTIVE.

Live-scan criminal records check with the California Department of Justice:  Have your fingerprints taken through Live Scan.  You will need 3 copies of the Request for Live Scan form.  Complete the Applicant Information section.

  • 1 copy stays at the Live Scan location
  • 1 copy returned immediately to Valerie Williams (either scan & email to vawilliams@ucanr.edu, submit it in person or mail to 501 Texas St., 1st Floor, Fairfield,  CA  94533).
  • 1 copy for your records

Request for Live Scan Service 7-2017 (PDF)

For all California Live Scan sites, click on the link below.

Live Scan Fingerprint Services Locations