Apply to become
a 4-H volunteer
How to volunteer with us
We can't run the 4-H program without volunteers. You don't need to be an expert or a parent to volunteer with us.
To ensure program quality and safety, we ask all our volunteers to go through a three-step screening process. Any of them may be done online or using a paper form.
Step 1 - Application
Step 1 download an application
Download an application to print, fill out and sign. A handwritten signature is required, but the application can be submitted after signature to your local 4-H office via email, fax, mail or in person.
Step 2 - Background check
FYI: What’s covered in a Minnesota 4-H volunteer background check?
Social Security Number validation/address trace
Often called “Soc. Trace.” This is not a credit check. It verifies that the Social Security Number is valid and uncovers any aliases or addresses that an applicant might fail to disclose.
County criminal records search
Considered the “gold standard” for background check searches. It includes case numbers, dates filed, charges, deposition dates, deposition and sentence. Most crimes are committed in the counties in which a person resides.
State BCA database
Contains public data maintained by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It will include offense, date, court of conviction, and sentencing information for offenses outside of the applicant’s county of residence but within their state of residence.
USA Criminal Index
The most comprehensive national criminal index available. It covers all of the United States and includes information on convicted felons, individuals that have been or are under the supervision of a state department of corrections, and some individuals convicted of misdemeanors. Information is provided by states.
National Sex Offender Registry
Contains information on convicted sex offenders with data from all 50 states.
Step 3 - Orientation
Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing of screening materials. We will notify you when your screening is complete.
You must be approved BEFORE beginning to serve as a volunteer.