“It takes a village to raise a child.” A mantra often repeated and certainly true in SDSU Extension’s South Dakota 4-H program! In 4-H, we value and integrate our supporters in meaningful ways. If you would like to invest time, energy or resources to strengthen the next generation of young people, join us anytime!
Dr. Tim Tanner describes the role of a 4-H volunteer in the form of this question: “Do you like rocky road ice cream, perhaps chocolate with sprinkles, or maybe orange sherbet is more your style? Good! 4-H without volunteers would be like giving kids a steady diet of vanilla. Okay, it is still ice cream, but it could be so much better. The variety of interests and skills that our volunteers bring to the mix spices up the 4-H experience and allows us to offer many more opportunities to our youth!”
Volunteers represent a key component to a successful 4-H Youth Development program in South Dakota. This group of dedicated individuals works with 4-H professionals across the state to carry out projects, programs, club, judging and leadership opportunities for young people. South Dakota 4-H utilizes volunteers at a variety of levels, and there are opportunities to participate in such roles as project volunteer, club leader, Cloverbud leader and project committee member.
If you have an interest in serving as a 4-H volunteer (even if you only have one day per year to give!), browse the resources below or contact Jenae Hansen, SDSU Extension 4-H Volunteer Development Field Specialist, or your local 4-H professional to get started. You may also complete the following Volunteer Interest Form, and one of our professionals will contact you.
Volunteer Interest Form
"The variety of interests and skills that our volunteers bring to the mix spices up the 4-H experience and allows us to offer many more opportunities to our youth!"
Each year the South Dakota 4-H program provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for youth thanks to the generous support of our donors. If you would like to make a contribution, please contact Kasee or Tim at the State 4-H office (Phone: 605-688-4167) to help match your intentions with our efforts.
We are just beginning to strengthen our network of over 12,000 South Dakota 4-H alumni. If you would like to get involved in this new effort, please contact Jenae Hansen, SDSU Extension 4-H Volunteer Development Field Specialist.
SDSU Extension 4-H will host the 2021 South Dakota 4-H State Shoot April 22–25 in locations throughout Pierre and Fort Pierre, South Dakota.
SDSU Extension will be hosting summer camps on June 2-4, 6-8 and 9-11 at Camp Poinsett near Arlington (20 S. Lake Drive, Arlington, SD 57212).
SDSU Extension and the South Dakota 4-H Youth Council will host the 2021 Teen Leadership Conference, June 7 - 11 at Dakota State University at Madison, SD.
SDSU Extension volunteers participate in a variety of service programs through our organization, helping us expand the scope and effectiveness of our mission. In exchange for their service, volunteers receive training on a wide array of topics of interest to them.