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Parents, Leaders & Volunteer Resources

Volunteers with proper tools are more successful in their roles. With that in mind, we've collected resources from 4-H programs all over the country to help you gain knowledge and understanding, increase motivation, and enhance your 4-H programs. If there are additional resources that you'd like us to add to this page, please let us know!

We're always looking for volunteers, learn more about becoming a 
4-H Volunteer today!

Adult volunteers are essential to the 4-H program. Volunteers put 4-H’s researched-based, learn-by-doing model in action. They help youth learn and practice skills such as problem solving, decision making, and communicating – skills crucial for their success in school, careers, and communities. There are approximately 200 adult volunteers that have fun while making a positive impact on the youth in Waukesha County. Would you like to join them?

Volunteers contribute their time in a variety of ways – sharing a specific skill as a project leader (like woodworking or cake decorating), leading a session at camp, or helping in the UW-Madison Extension office. 

New in the 2019-2020 4-H enrollment year are Volunteer Role Descriptions. These are necessary to comply with UW-Madison's policies concerning volunteers and state liability insurance coverage. All adults will need to select a club and volunteer type in 4HOnline. Your choices are: 

Activity/Event Volunteer
Adult Advisor/Chaperone
Club Enrollment Coordinator (formerly Club Enrollment or Club Manager)
Club Leader (Includes Organizational/General and Co-Organizational/Co-General) 
Committee Volunteer
Project Leader (includes Key Leader and Resource Leader)  

Steps to Become an Adult Volunteer

4-H is proud of being a proactive, youth-serving organization with an excellent reputation for providing a healthy and safe environment for its members. In order to be recognized as an 4-H active volunteer you need to complete the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development program, all adults age 18 and over must participate in the Youth Protection Program. The Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Youth Protection process includes:

•             Volunteer Application Form (4HOnline) which includes signed Volunteer Behavior Expectation Form and Assumption of Risk

•             Online Mandatory Report Training for Volunteers

•             UW-Madison Extension Volunteer in Preparation (VIP) Training

•             Successful Background Check, UW-Madison Extension new background check vendor is HireRight. 

Upcoming Volunteer in Preparation (VIP) Trainings: All VIP Trainings are at the Waukesha County Courthouse Administrative Center in Room G55 from 6:00-7:30 PM. 

  • Tuesday, October 22nd
  • Wednesay, November 13th  

To register contact Molly Ellis 4-H Program Assistant, at (262) 548-7774 or at mellis@waukeshacounty.gov


Waukesha County Expo Space Reservation Form For 4-H

Waukesha County 4-H Room Reservation Form

Club Fundraising Approval Form 


Youth Development

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Waukesha County 4-H Staff

Youth and Family Educator

James M. Boling, Jr.
(262) 548-7784

4-H Support Staff

Molly Ellis
(262) 548-7774


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4-H Extension Waukesha County
Univeristy of Wisconsin Madison
515 W. Moreland Blvd., AC G22
Waukesha, WI 53188

The UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Waukesha County Program could not function without the time and expertise from adult volunteers; they are truly the heart of our program. 

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