Volunteer with DeSoto 4-H

4-H Volunteers

4-H is the youth development program of Extension at land grant universities. Adults play a vital role in the 4-H program by coordinating 4-H clubs, mentoring youth, and helping plan and run events. Volunteer with DeSoto County 4-H.

“Florida 4-H strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for youth participating in 4-H programs by helping youth feel a sense a belonging through healthy relationships with caring adults, provide opportunities of engagement through experiential learning (hands-on) activities, and encourage youth to find their spark!”


Ways to Volunteer With 4-H

4-H Club Leaders/Co-leaders- Volunteers lead or help with 4-H Clubs. Each club requires two (2) approved Volunteers.

4-H Episodic Volunteers – Help with 4-H events throughout the year, typically includes 4-H County Events, 4-H Ag Literacy Events, 4-H School Enrichment Programs, or other 4-H activities.

4-H Advisory Committee Members- Volunteers attend biannual meetings with 4-H Agent to discuss the direction of the 4-H program, funding, and review 4-H activities. The Advisory Committee serves as an expansion and review committee for the 4-H Program.

Starting a 4-H Club

4-H is more than cows and plows. 4-H Focuses on three program areas:

  • Science
  • Healthy Living
  • and Citizenship


Clubs must have two (2) approved Volunteers, five (5) youth from two (2) different families and meet for a minimum of six (6) hours of instruction. 4-H Club meetings are scheduled to fit volunteers and youth involved. Lastly, 4-H Clubs are available to meet at the UF/IFAS Extension Office or another approved location in the county. Privately owned meeting places must be approved before 4-H meetings can take place.

Steps to becoming a 4-H Volunteer

To become a 4-H Volunteer, volunteers must complete the following steps to ensure we are providing a safe and inclusive environment for all involved:

  1. Create a profile or add a member to your existing family profile on V2.4HOnline.com account.
  2. Complete your volunteer enrollment for 2023-2024.
  3. Complete the OYCS Youth Protection Training.
  4. Receive approval from the 4-H Office and attend Volunteer Meetings.
  5. Also share your skills, knowledge and talents while providing youth with a safe place to learn and thrive.


Contact us!

Katelyn- 4-H Agent

Jodi- 4-H Program Assistant


UF/IFAS Extension DeSoto

2150 NE Roan St.




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Posted: August 11, 2023

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers

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