4-H Volunteer Screening Resources
As Kansas 4-H continues to grow and improve, strengthening its policy for volunteer registration fulfills an obligation to children, parents, volunteers, and employees.
A registered volunteer is an adult or teen who has completed the full volunteer screening process including application, reference check, interview, background check, and orientation and has been appointed by the appropriate extension unit board. Registered volunteer status is required for adult or teen volunteers with authority to independently plan and conduct educational experiences for youth with other adults present or in a public setting. It is also required for a volunteer whose position places the individual in close, ongoing interaction with youth. Examples: community/organizational leader, project leader, activity leader, judging team coach, or camp counselor; Discovery Days, camp, exchange trip, or overnight event chaperone; countywide project leader; or chauffeur (driver) for any 4-H activities, etc.
Volunteers who do not fit into one of the above criteria would be considered episodic and do not need to complete the screening.
Please contact your local Extension Office to begin the 4-H Volunteer Screening process.
Annual Renewal for Continuing Volunteers
Kansas 4-H policy requires all 4-H Volunteers to renew their volunteer commitments annually. They do this by submitting a completed and signed Kansas 4-H Volunteer Service Annual Renewal Form (4H953). The form asks volunteers to confirm contact information, specify their volunteer roles for the year, and update other information.
Registered volunteers must be rescreened every three years.