4-H Youth Development
Master 4-H Volunteer Program

The 2015 Master Volunteer Training that was scheduled for February 20-21, 2015 has been postponed for 2015. Information about 2016 training will be announced at a later date.  If you have expressed interest in the training for 2015, Sarah Maass will be in contact with you.  If you have any questions or if you are interested in the Master 4-H Volunteer Program, you may contact Sarah Maass at semaass@k-state.edu or 785-309-5850.


Volunteers are fundamental to the 4-H program as they serve as advisors, guides, coaches, helpers and mentors. They come in all shapes and forms with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Some volunteers are long-term and other are short-term, yet all are unique.

Master 4-H Volunteers are special volunteers who want to grow and give back more in their role as 4-H Volunteers.  The Master 4-H Volunteer program provides this opportunity for volunteers who want the opportunity to contribute in a broader way. The Master 4-H Volunteer program strengthens and enhances the 4-H volunteer and the local program. 

In order to become a Master 4-H Volunteer, the individual must be a registered and appointed screened volunteer, attend specialized Master 4-H Volunteer training and "give back" 40 volunteer hours to the 4-H program within one year of the training. The individual must also be a past or present Organizational Leader, Project Leader or County Leader/Advisor.

Contact your local Extension Office for more details regarding the upcoming training sessions, registration forms and ways in which you could serve as a Master 4-H Volunteer.


2015 Master 4-H Volunteer Training

K-State Research and Extension 4-H Youth Development and the Kansas Association of 4-H Volunteers announce the opportunity for past and present Organizational/Community Leaders, Project Leaders or County/District Leaders/Advisor to pursue becoming Master 4-H Volunteers.  The next Kansas Master 4-H Volunteer training will be sponsored by the Kansas Association of 4-H Volunteers and the Department of 4-H Youth Development, Kansas State University.  It will be held February 20 - 21 in Manhattan and Rock Springs 4-H Center.

Master 4-H Volunteers are special volunteers who to give back more to 4-H and grow and in their role as 4-H Volunteers. The Master 4-H Volunteer program strengthens and enhances the 4-H Volunteer and the local program.  The Master 4-H Volunteer program is an outstanding opportunity for volunteers who want to contribute to 4-H in a broader way.

Interested? Check the 2015 Master 4-H Volunteer Training brochure for qualifications, selection criteria and training topics.  Then talk with your local Extension Agent and apply to be a Master 4-H Volunteer. Registrations are due February 1, 2015.

Topics to be covered in the training are:

  • Overview & Structure K-State Research and Extension
  • Kansas 4-H Vision, Mission and Organizational Structure
  • Kansas 4-H Policies
  • Kansas 4-H Foundation
  • Risk Management
  • Personality Profile
  • Master 4-H Volunteer Projects
  • Volunteer Management Systems
  • Generational Characteristics
  • Youth and Adult Partnerships
  • Working with the 21st Century Volunteer
  • Kansas 4-H Life Skills and Essential Elements
  • Positive Youth Development - The Five C’s
  • Guiding change - Keys to making change work
  • Program Analysis, SWOT Profile
  • Recognition and Motivation
  • Meeting with Experienced Master Volunteers
  • Project review and assistance
Master 4-H Volunteer Links

- 2015 Master 4-H Volunteer Brochure

- 2015 Master 4-H Volunteer Application/Training Registration Form

- REACH (Word) (PDF)

- Sample Master 4-H Volunteer Position Description (PDF)

- Blank Master 4-H Volunteer Position Description (Word) (PDF)

- Ideas for Master 4-H Volunteer Projects

- Master 4-H Volunteer Activity Log

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Contact Information

Sarah Maass
Agent Coordinator
Master 4-H Volunteer Program


Rod Buchele
Extension Specialist
Youth Development
Volunteer Development