Who are 4-H Leaders?

4-H leaders support youth as they learn by doing by providing guidance and opportunities for meaningful leadership roles in their 4-H club and community.


4-H leaders may be professionals employed by government extension services. They may be teachers in schools. Or volunteers in the community. Regardless of the type of 4-H leader you are, your role is critical to the 4-H movement and experience.


What are the responsibilities of 4-H leaders?

  • Develop a caring relationship with members.
  • Create a safe environment for 4-H members.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to build skills
  • Create opportunities for youth to value and practice service to others.
  • Allow youth to make decisions and lead.
  • Create an inclusive environment.
  • Keep up-to-date and trained.


What qualifications/skills do 4-H leaders need?

  • Sincere interest in the safety and well-being of youth.
  • Desire to facilitate and motivate youth while nurturing self-esteem, decision-making skills, responsibility, and leadership.
  • Successfully pass the volunteer training process.
  • Ability to organize information and materials and delegate responsibility.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively both verbally and written.
  • Desire to motivate parents and other volunteers
  • Interest in working in partnership with youth, other volunteers and professional staff in an educational setting.
  • Willingness to adopt the philosophy, policies, and procedures of your 4-H organization


Finally, you don’t have to be an expert in a project topic to be a leader! By following the project resources, learning along with your members and involving others, there is no limit to the variety of 4-H clubs or projects you can run!


If you love to learn, enjoy working with youth and want to join our global network of caring volunteers, contact the 4-H program in your region or country to learn more about how to become a 4-H volunteer.