4-H Mentor


Responsible to

  • County Youth Coordinator or regional Youth Program Specialist



To provide new 4-H volunteers with the support, encouragement, training and personal contact to help them become well-rounded, knowledgeable, confident 4-H volunteers. This position will help produce a solid network of volunteers to enhance our 4-H youth program.


Benefits to the Volunteer

  • Being able to share the expertise you possess as a successful 4-H volunteer.
  • The satisfaction of helping the 4-H program retain knowledgeable, confident volunteers and seeing the program grow and reach more youth.
  • Meeting new people with common interests and goals.
  • Being an active partner in helping the 4-H program in your county succeed.


Major Duties

  • Attend special mentor volunteer trainings.
  • Contact new volunteers and provide a current resource volunteer list for specific project areas
  • Help mentor new volunteers and be available to answer questions.
  • Contact new volunteers about trainings and meetings that would benefit them or their subject matter (offer rides to meetings, etc.)
  • Keep the appropriate Extension staff informed as to progress, needs, and potential issues.


Skills Needed

  • Listening skills, friendliness, knowledge of 4-H philosophy/goals/program, enthusiastic attitude towards program, enjoys working with others and helping them succeed.


Term: 2 to 3 years


Time Involved: 1 to 3 hours a week



  • Communication, listening, and mentoring skills via Extension Staff, Leader Forums, Satellite Conferences, etc.



  • County Extension Office support, 4-H and Iowa State University Extension resources.


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