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April Knoblett
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
301 S Cross St
Suite 290
Robinson, IL 62454
Phone: 618-546-1549
FAX: 618-544-3222
knoblett@illinois.edu

Jessie L. Crews
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
15493 N State Hwy 1
Marshall, IL 62441
Phone: 217-826-5422
FAX: 217-826-8631
jcrews@illinois.edu

Elizabeth Will
Office Support Associate
University of Illinois Extension
301 S Cross St
Suite 290
Robinson, IL 62454
Phone: 618-546-1549
FAX: 618-544-3222
eaw3@illinois.edu

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4-H Volunteer Information

  • 4-H Child Protection Course
    This training discusses child abuse awareness, definitions of child abuse and neglect, how to report suspected sexual abuse and various strategies to help reduce volunteers risk of being accused of abuse. It also shares safety issues and expectations of working with 4-H members.

  • 4-H Overnight Chaperone Orientation
    Welcome! We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about 4-H overnight chaperone opportunities. This site includes seven sections that comprise the 4-H Overnight Chaperone Orientation. The purpose of this web site is to provide training for individuals who will be responsible for the health and safety of 4-H youth development participants at overnight events and activities. By having adult chaperones complete this training, it will provide reassurance to parents for their children's well being. It will also clearly outline the expectations for volunteers who serve in the overnight chaperone role. When you have completed all seven sections, please complete the quiz confirmation page so that the State 4-H office and your local Extension office will be notified that you have successfully completed this 4-H overnight chaperone orientation.

  • Letters to New Leaders
    Letters to New Leaders Series This is a set of printed materials to go along with the Letters for New Leaders Video/Welcome to the World of 4-H DVD Series available in local Extension offices. The topics include: What Is 4-H? Starting a Club Planning and Conducting Meetings Leadership and Teaching Techniques 4-H Activities Opportunities for 4-H Leaders

  • Online Training Courses
    Orientation for all volunteers is critical. Orientation familiarizes the volunteer with Extension and 4-H, and increases their awareness and understanding of the specific expectations and responsibilities of the volunteer role. Orientation will prepare volunteers for beginning their new roles.

  • Volunteer Application Process
    Procedures for becoming an Illinois 4-H youth development volunteer: Prospective volunteer completes and submits an Extension Volunteer Application to the Extension Unit. Information is requested from three references provided by the potential volunteer – one personal character, one work-related, and one family member reference. Extension staff or designee conducts an interview with the prospective volunteer. Prospective volunteer completes the Authorization for Background Check Form. This is done through the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS). Prospective volunteer completes the Conviction Information Name Check Request Form. This is processed through the Illinois State Police. The name of the prospective volunteer is checked against the Registered Sex Offenders List that is on a State of Illinois website. For volunteers who intend to drive youth as part of their role, verification of a valid driver's license and proof of auto liability insurance must be provided annually. Drivers must be at least 21 years of age.