What does it take to be a 4-H or 4-H Clover Kids club leader?


Leader Time Involvement:

  • At least six hours of program/meeting time with Clover Kids per year (Sept.—May or June)

  • Prep time for meetings can be 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the activity or project

  • Required volunteer training (see below)

Leader Responsibilities:

  • Plan and facilitate age-appropriate activities for K-3 grade children with minimal supervision from professional staff

  • Promote learning, interest and participation in the program for members and parents

  • Communicate with 4-H staff as well as Clover Kid families about monthly meetings, county events, payment of fees and enrollment through 4HOnline, etc.

  • Comply with all aspects of Iowa State University’s Child Protection and Safety Policy and Iowa State University’s mandate to be non-discriminatory


  • Satisfaction of helping children develop skills that will help them throughout their lives

  • Opportunities for continuous personal growth

  • Appreciation from youth and parents who love the program!

Training Requirements:

  • New Volunteer Training. To be completed within 1 year of becoming a new leader.  Consists of 3 hours of face-to-face training in addition to 1 hour of pre-work.

  • Yearly State Required Training. Training that strengthens one’s positive youth development knowledge and skills. New topic each year. Normally 2 hours in length.

  • County Specific Training. Held in early fall to give leaders the tools to have a great 4-H year.

What volunteer opportunities are there with Dallas County 4-H aside from being a club leader?

Are you talented in photography, woodworking, cooking, technology or any other skill you'd be willing to share? We're always looking for people to host a learning workshop for our 4-H members! We also have opportunities to volunteer during the county fair. Contact us for more information: (515) 993-4281 or xdallas@iastate.edu


County 4-H News

February 23, 2021

It is now time to enroll for the 4-H year!  For those planning to show at the Dallas County Fair in  July, 2021 the deadline to enroll is May 15 for all re-enrolling members to have fees paid and re-enrolled through 4HOnline.  

New members are welcome to join at anytime. 

Preserve the Taste of Summer
July 2, 2021

Learn how to make tasty Strawberry Jam in a water bath canner. Take some jam home!

Babysitting Basics Title with Sparkle Dinosaurs
September 22, 2020

Learn how to be a responsible and caring babysitter that parents will love to hire.

Girl holding Vaping Pen near mouth
June 8, 2020

While starting a conversation with youth about vaping can be challenging, it is important that parents, caregivers, and anyone who works with youth have access to credible information to begin those conversations. 

Communications Day
March 6, 2020

Youth will have the option of delivering before a judge and audience an educational presentation or a working exhibit. Or if they would like they may do both. Educational presentations provide 4-H’ers with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge on a topic while working exhibits allow them to engage the audience in hands on learning.

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