Youth Development programs and activities must be supervised by an adult, 18 years of
age or older, who has completed the Youth Protection program and is currently an enrolled 4-H
volunteer leader. The primary purpose of this process is to ensure the safety and
well-being of all participants (i.e., youth, their parents and families,
salaried and volunteer staff.) Refer to the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Policies for the complete Youth Protection policies.
- In order to initially be recognized as a 4-H volunteer leader in the Wisconsin 4-H
Development program, all adults age 18 years and over must participate in the Youth Protection Program.
The Wisconsin 4-H
Youth Development Youth Protection program process includes:
a. Completion of the Volunteer Application Form
b. Background records check for arrest and conviction records through the approved channel
c. Participation in volunteer orientation
d. Completion of the Volunteer Behavior Expectations Form (may be combined with the 4-H enrollment form)
e. Completion of the 4-H Enrollment Form
- In order to continue as a 4-H volunteer leader in the Wisconsin 4-H
Development program beyond the first year, all adults 18 years of age and over must annually complete the following:
a. Volunteer Behavior Expectations Form (may be combined with the 4-H enrollment form)
Note: A background records check for arrest and conviction records will be completed every
four years for continuing 4-H
- Returning volunteers who have been absent one to four years need the background records
check, signed Volunteer Behavior Expectations form, but are not required to attend the
orientation to be reinstated as a volunteer. Returning volunteers who have been absent five or
more years need to repeat the entire Youth Protection process.
- Youth Protection Overview PowerPoint Presentation (15 slides,
215 KB) - PowerPoint outlining Youth Protection purpose, history, process, and policies.
Involving People with Disabilities in 4-H Youth Development Programs (1 page, 40 KB) Handout developed by Christine Curley, UW-Extension
Civil Rights Compliance Specialist, to provide key information
for 4-H volunteers on involving people with disabilities in 4-H
Youth Development programs.
Youth Protection Forms
Youth Protection Letters