Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station | [Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County]

Get Involved - Volunteers

In 4-H, volunteers help to positively impact the youth in their community. 4-H volunteers connect with youth in 4-H clubs and they share their knowledge and skills with youth. Connect Today! Become a 4-H Volunteer! 

The New Jersey 4-H Youth Development program is committed to offering high quality educational experiences for young people. All registered adult 4-H volunteers working directly with 4-H youth in Atlantic County complete a reference check, screening process, and training at no cost to themselves.

Volunteers can serve in a variety of roles, including:


  • Leaders Association
  • Fair Association
  • Horse Council
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Council
  • Yearbook Committee
  • NJ State Advisory Council
  • Youth Council Advisor
  • Horse Educational Teams Coach


  • 4-H Club Leaders
  • School Age Child Care Providers
  • Teachers
  • Project Judges
  • Community Resource Persons
  • Camp Counselors
  • Parent Helpers
  • Advisory Council Members
  • Host Families for exchange students
  • Foundation Members/Fund-Raisers
  • Fair Board Members
  • Mentors


As a 4-H volunteer you can help youth develop into responsible, self-directed, productive citizens of the world. Our program focuses on citizenship, leadership, and life skills development using a "learn-by-doing" educational model. Our mission is to help youth reach their fullest potential while advancing the field (academic knowledge) in positive youth development.

In addition to making a difference in the lives of young people, volunteers have many opportunities for their own personal and professional development through the 4-H youth development program.

The 4-H Volunteer Appointment Process has been designed for the purpose of protecting the young people served by the New Jersey 4-H program as well as volunteers, employees and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The process includes:

  • Potential volunteer expresses interest and contacts the 4-H Office.
  • Potential volunteer receives information on the 4-H Volunteer Appointment Process and instructions for completing a 4HOnline enrollment form.
  • Potential volunteer completes and submits 4HOnline enrollment form that includes three references.
  • Enrollment submission is processed by 4-H Office
    • References are contacted to complete reference checks (files: ReferenceLtrPF.doc, RefernceLtrSF.doc, and vol-referenceform-written.pdf)
    • Background check and on-line RU Working with Minors training certification is initiated by inputting volunteer’s name and contact information in the Protection of Minors Database
  • Potential volunteer receives information via email from Rutgers on next steps for background check and training, and completes the Working with Minors Online Training.
  • 4-H Office receives notification from Human Resources/Volunteer that background check and training complete.
  • Potential volunteer is contacted to schedule one-on-one training
  • 4-H staff will “accept member” in the 4HOnline profile for volunteer
4-H Goals

For more information, please contact Deborah L. Cole, County 4-H Agent at or 609.625.0056 ext. 6120.

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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.