We’re pleased that you’re interested in working with youth as a volunteer for the 4-H Youth Development Program of Lincoln County UW-Extension. Through the efforts of adult volunteers, youth across Lincoln County are developing skills to be contributing and productive members of the community, country, and world. We value you and your service to youth.
Unfortunately, we live in a rapidly changing world that is not always supportive of youth. In 1990, the national Extension director asked each state to review and develop plans for volunteer selection and child safety. In response to this problem, UW-Extension put a Youth Protection system in place in 1995 to better ensure the safety of youth that are participating in 4-H youth programs.
The Youth Protection process requires that all newly enrolling adult volunteers enroll through the 4HOnline system which includes completing the volunteer application form, which authorizes a records check for convictions related to child safety; and signing a volunteer behavior guideline. In addition, new volunteers need to participate in the New 4-H Volunteer Orientation session and complete mandated reporter online training.
Volunteers who belonged to 4-H the previous year will need to re-enroll each year through the 4HOnline system. In addition, the Youth Protection system requires a background check be conducted every 4 years for all 4-H volunteer leaders. To comply with this policy, we will conduct a background check for all re-enrolling leaders in their 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24th, etc. year.
Returning volunteers who have been absent one to four years need to enroll through 4HOnline system which includes the completion of the behavior expectation statement and have a background check completed. They 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.
The Youth Protection system provides for protection both for the volunteer and the youth members they interact with. There will be strict confidentiality in the handling of all records.
Volunteers do not have to be associated with a specific club. Please visit the 4-H Leadership page for an overview on the volunteer opportunities available through Lincon County 4-H.
The 2016-17 4-H Year enrollment process will begin on September 3, 2016.
All current 4-H leaders need to re-enroll using the 4HOnline enrollment program at http://wi.4honline.com. Refer to the “Re-enroll Members/Leaders” instructions on page 3 of the 2016-17 Lincoln County 4-H Enrollment and Project Guide below for more detailed instructions.
If you are interested in volunteering to be a part of 4‑H, you should enroll through the 4HOnline enrollment program at http://wi.4honline.com. Once your enrollment is received, you will be sent information to complete the Youth Protection Process. Completion of this process is required to become a 4-H adult volunteer leader. This process includes completing new 4-H Volunteer Orientation Training, a background check and signing a volunteer expectation statement. Volunteer leaders do not have to belong to a specific 4‑H Club, but can become Resource leaders and help offer 4-H programs at the county level. Refer to “Enrolling in 4HOnline as a New Family” instructions that begin on the bottom of page 3 of the 2016-17 Lincoln County 4-H Enrollment and Project Guide below for more detailed instructions.
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For individuals without internet access, paper forms will be available by request or you can re-enroll or enroll as a new family by visiting the UW-Extension office located in the Lincoln County Service Center on the lower level (801 N. Sales Street in Merrill) to enroll with 4HOnline during office hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Contact the office at 715-539-1072 with any questions or help you need.
Adult Volunteer Enrollment Deadlines
Enrollment must be entered in 4honline by the date listed to be on time.
Re-enrollments entered in 4honline.
Deadline for all new leaders to complete Youth Protection Process. After May 1st, any adult who has not completed this process will lose their status as a 4‑H volunteer and will no longer be considered an enrolled 4‑H leader in Lincoln County.
We strongly encourage leaders to get their enrollments entered as soon as possible, so they don’t get missed on our mailing lists and can get their project materials early.