How Do I Become a 4-H Club Advisor or Committee Member?

Adults interested in working with a club or in starting a club of their own must first go through the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Process. Ohio State University Extension does not recognize “parent or adult helpers” as approved volunteers in the organization.  All individuals who are interested in volunteering through OSU Extension must adhere to the selection procedures.  
The following steps are required for the 2021 program year:
1. Print out a Volunteer Application Packet (see below) or pick up an application packet at the Ashland County Extension Office. Read all of the information including the job description.
2. Complete, sign and submit the Volunteer Application and the Standards of Behavior Form.  Three references with complete postal addresses and email addresses must be listed. YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION TO THE EXTENSION OFFICE BEFORE YOU GO FOR YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK.
3. Successfully pass a BCI Criminal Fingerprint Background Check (also FBI for those not residing in Ohio the last five years).  Details on requirements for this check are contained in the packet.  Do not send the report to the Extension office.  Please read the details in the packet carefully.
4. Once the fingerprint check is completed (Ashland County Extension Office will receive notification from Columbus when the BCI check has cleared - this can sometimes take a few weeks) and the reference forms are returned, an interview with the Extension Educator will be scheduled. 
5. Complete Ohio 4-H New Volunteer Orientation and Activities and Programs with Minor Participants Policy 1.50 Training before receiving an official letter of volunteer status. 
6. An official letter of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent to the volunteer applicant. 

Volunteer Application Information

Step 1: Volunteer Application: Please be sure to submit your application to the Ashland County Extension Office BEFORE  you complete your background check. Ohio State can only match completed background check results  with ENROLLED volunteers.

Step 2: Fingerprinting InformationTake this form with you when you have your fingerprints done.