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Christine Birns
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1100 E. Warrenville Road
Suite 170
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-955-1123
FAX: 630-955-1180
cbirns@illinois.edu

Patricia Luster
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1100 E. Warrenville Road
Suite 170
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-955-1123
FAX: 630-955-1180
pluster@illinois.edu

4-H – DuPage County

4-H – DuPage County

Volunteer Application Packet

Volunteer Application Process

Procedures for becoming an Illinois 4-H youth development volunteer:

  • Prospective volunteer completes and submits an Extension Volunteer Application to the DuPage County Extension Office. Information is requested from three references provided by the potential volunteer – one personal character, one work-related, and one family member reference.
  • Prospective volunteer completes and submits the Authorization for Background Check Form to the DuPage County Extension Office. This is done through the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS).
  • Prospective volunteer completes and submits the Conviction Information Name Check Request Form to the DuPage County Extension Office. 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.

Prospective volunteers will be informed on the decision of their application. Once a prospective volunteer has been accepted, then they can be enrolled as a 4-H volunteer through the 4-H enrollment system at the DuPage County Extension Office. New volunteers should not start their volunteer role until they have completed the screening process and are enrolled as a volunteer. They must complete a 4-H Individual Enrollment Form on an annual basis. Rescreening of all volunteers occurs on a five-year rotation.