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Volunteers

Your time and talents can make a big impact.

NYS 4-H Events

Adult leaders are critical to the success of the 4-H events! 

 

What happens in 4-H programs and how they are planned and led makes a huge difference in the impact of the program on youth. Youth need to feel safe in 4-H programs and be able to interact positively with others. Physical and psychological safety is foundational for high quality programs, creating environments where youth can experience a sense of belonging, and helping youth thrive

 

The NYS 4-H team is committed to creating safe, high quality learning experiences for all youth. NYS 4-H events are collaborative events between Cornell University & Cornell Cooperative Extension. County Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Cornell University Policy & Procedures come together to proactively develop a safe environment for staff, partners, chaperones, and youth to engage in NYS 4-H Events. 

Adult Roles at State Events

Adults at 4-H events work together to support youth. They model and help everyone live up to the 4-H Code of Conduct and relevant Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension policies in order to ensure that everyone has a safe and positive experience. 

NEW - Adult (staff and volunteers) roles at state 4-H events fall into one of 3 categories. Please read the descriptions below to determine with category your role is in.

Category 1: Collaborator role description

Examples: evaluators, scorekeepers, guest speakers

Category 2: Authorized Person role description 

Examples: chaperones, coaches

Category 3: Authorized Driver role description

Examples: chaperones/coaches with driving responsibilities

NYS 4-H hosts several events each year. Here are some examples of annual events where you can be involved. See event information for specific details of roles and responsibilities.

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For Chaperone and Event Leader
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