WSU Clark County Extension

Photos of collage of 4-H youth in varying activities

Become a 4-H Leader

Join Us!

There are nearly 400 4-H leaders in Clark County, and we are always looking for people who have what it takes to become a 4-H leader. If you have a passion for working with young people, an interest in using principles of youth development to help them grow and learn, and time to make a difference in a few young lives, then you have what it takes to become a 4-H leader.

No Farm? No Problem!

Some people hesitate to become a 4-H volunteer because they don’t live on farms. We understand why lots of people think you need to live on a farm to be a 4-H leader: When 4-H started in the early 1900s most people lived on farms, so some of the most important life skills for young people to learn were related to animal and plant sciences. Some 4-Hers still choose animal and plant projects, but you don’t have to have animals or live on a farm to be a 4-H member or leader! On a nationwide basis, there are more 4-Hers who live in cities than in rural areas!

Anyplace that young people and adults can gather to have fun through hands-on learning is a good place to start a 4-H club. There is a long list of 4-H projects, many of which have nothing to do with animals or plants. Both short-term activities and year-long 4-H projects take place in all kinds of settings. Leaders hold 4-H club meetings in apartments, houses, garages, and backyards. You’ll find the Clover in parks, gardens, playgrounds, stables, and forests. You can also spot 4-H leaders and their members in classrooms, churches, and community centers, as well as in bus windows on their way to conferences and field trips.

Let Us Help You Get Started

We’d love to talk more with you about the possibility of becoming a 4-H leader, and answer any questions you might have. Fill out our training information request form or contact Shirley Morgan at Shirley.morgan@clark.wa.gov or 360-397-6060 ext. 5710 for an application and to schedule an interview. Applicants must give consent for a background check by the Washington State Patrol, receive approval from the WSU Extension faculty person and the Clark County 4-H Leaders’ Association, and complete a day-long basic training workshop. We look forward to hearing from you!


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