Broward County 4-H is currently looking for new volunteers. Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Start a 4-H Club
- Help plan or volunteer at special events
- Be a judge for special events
- Teach a specific skill
- Chaperone a special event
Click here to submit a volunteer interest and information request form.
Starting a Club
4-H is not just about farming, gardening, and animals. It is so much more than you think! Do you enjoy working out and teaching kids about healthy lifestyles? Cooking dishes from around the world or sewing a fabulous shirt? Taking pictures or dancing? Do you like science, education on invasive species of plants, or restoring habitats in the Florida Everglades? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can start a 4-H club in your community!
Can youth volunteer with 4-H?
4-H believes in developing the leaders of tomorrow and encourages youth to give back to their communities. The best way for youth to volunteer with 4-H is to join a 4-H club and participate in community service activities or run for an officer position. Club level service activities are related to the primary project area that the club focuses on. Want to just focus on community service? 4-H has a Community Service project book.
4-H youth also have the opportunity to serve as leaders within the 4-H program at the county, district, state, and even national levels. Youth can join a club and run for officer positions to make even more of an impact on the program.
What is the first step in becoming a volunteer or club leader?
- Submit a Volunteer Interest and Information Request Form. A 4-H staff member will contact you within a few business days.
- Call the office and express your interest. Be specific about what your club would focus on.
- Fill out a volunteer application. Volunteers who would like to be a club leader, attend overnight events, or work with youth for more than 10 hours a month will need to be fingerprinted in addition to the standard background screening?
What do I need to start a 4-H Club?
- Two adults, background screened and fingerprinted (we'll help you do this)
- Complete a volunteer orientation
- Complete official club paperwork
- Five youth from at least three different families
- Pick a project area (or multiple)
- Meet at least nine times a year
- Complete a service learning activity
My background check is complete – where do I go from here?
- Your local 4-H agent will set up a date with you to complete a volunteer orientation.
- Complete the YCS 800 Youth Protection Training. After completion, you will receive a confirmation via email. Please forward this confirmation to 4-H@Broward.org.
- Start recruiting members from your local community. Try to establish a diverse group. Also, find a meeting location such as a place of worship, community center, club leader's home, or school.
- Select club officers within the first three months of establishing your club.
Where can I start a 4-H club?
If you are a teacher, you may want to talk to your school principal about starting a club at your school, either in your classroom or as a part of an existing after-school program.
Community clubs ca nmeet anywhere in Broward County. Options include community centers, parks, places of worship, and other convenient group-meeting spaces. The Broward County Extension Office is also available for groups to meet. Contact the 4-H Office if you would like assistance in finding a meeting space.
When can I officially use the 4-H name and emblem?
After three months and a minimum of three meetings, you will need to fill out a Club Charter application. Along with this application, you will need to include the names of your club officers as well as your club bylaws or rules. Submit the Club Charter to the Broward 4-H Office, along with the other Leader Contracts. We will mail this form to Gainesville and we will receive a certificate stating that you are an official 4-H Club.
How do I log my volunteer hours?
Volunteer hours are to be submitted on a monthly basis through Track It Forward. If you need to create an account, or need assistance logging hours, please view the fact sheets on the Volunteer Resources page.
For more information, call the Broward 4-H office at 954-357-5270, or look here.
For information on other volunteer opportunities with Broward County Parks visit this Web page.