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4-H Youth Development

Kansas State 4-H Office
201 Umberger Hall
1612 Claflin Road
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5981 fax

Updating the 4-H Volunteer Enrollment Process

Beginning in the 2019-2020 4-H program year, the 4-H Volunteer process has been streamlined.  When 4-H Volunteers enroll through 4-H Online the process will take the place of what once was the volunteer application and then re-enrollment forms.  Once volunteers enter their information in the system, they will simply have to re-enroll each year, the same way youth currently do through 4-H Online.  For a step by step tutorial please visit the 4-H Online Family Resources page and view the Enrollment Guides for Volunteers.


Kansas 4-H invites you to make the difference in the life of a young person. Volunteers make 4-H possible through the passion, skills, and talents they share with young people.  4-H Volunteers are screened and receive ongoing training. Assisted by local staff, they guide youth learning using research-backed curriculum.

Are you curious about volunteering for 4-H? Watch one of our orientation video - How Will You Inspire the Next Generation?

Please visit with Extension staff in your county office about volunteer opportunities!

4-H volunteers make their communities a better place.  Learn more from the North Central 4-H Volunteer Impact Study.   In a recent survey when asked "What has been your most significant 4-H volunteer experience?" Kansas 4-H volunteers shared:

"Being club leader ... it is great to work with a variety of youth and watch them grow individually and as a group. I have also loved getting more involved in the community because of 4-H opportunities."

"Watching the kids in my 4-H Club grow and mature. There is just no other organization that allows for the mentoring of youth by older youth as well as 4-H does. I so love watching kids that I think 'oh my' in their junior high years become awesome leaders in senior high and see how the younger members look up to them."

"Developing life-long friendships throughout our county and extension district. Also, the feeling of "belonging" through participating in 4-H."

"Seeing the excitement in the kids when they are involved and enjoy what they are doing"


Volunteer Salute to Excellence Award

National 4-H has announced the due dates for the 2021 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards.  To meet this deadline, all applications must be turned into the Kansas State 4-H Office by March 23, 2021.    

Each extension unit may select their representative and submit their nominees electronically to the Department of 4-H Youth Development. These individuals then will have an opportunity to be selected as the Kansas Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year. The two Kansas honorees then become Kansas’ nominees for the North Central and National 4-H awards.

2021 Kansas 4-H Salute to Excellence Award Application - Due March 23

Award Details:  4-H is a community of young people across Kansas who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Volunteers are the heartbeat of the 4-H program serving as mentors, teachers and friends. The National Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exceptional service to 4-H. The Kansas Association 4-H Volunteers has adopted the Salute to Excellence award to recognize and promote Kansas 4-H volunteers who have excelled in their roles locally and continue with selecting Kansas’ top volunteers for National competition.  The Kansas Association of Volunteers believes establishing the Salute to Excellence Award will provide two options for the Kansas 4-H Program: 1) recognition of 4-H Volunteers for their outstanding contributions to 4-H youth and 2) enhance the mission and awareness of the Kansas Association of 4-H Volunteers.

Previouse National winners can be viewed on the 4-h.org 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards page.  


National Volunteer Week April 18-24, 2021

Ideas to Celebrate National Volunteer Week:

  • Encourage your club members to recognize their organizational leaders, project leaders and other important 4-H volunteers during the week.
  • Use your news column or write a special news release to recognize volunteers in your program.
  • Prepare a series of Tweets or Facebook posts to recognize volunteers during the week.
  • Highlight National Volunteer Week in your April 4-H Newsletter.
  • Handwrite several notes of appreciation throughout the week to special volunteers in your program.
  • Check-in with a new 4-H volunteer to see how things are going and offer help as needed.


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