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Cheryl Funkhouser
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
210 W Washington
Paris, IL 61944
Phone: 217-465-8585
FAX: 217-463-1192

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

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4-H Volunteer Information

  • 4-H Child Protection Course
    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 Volunteer Application Process
    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.

  • 4-H Volunteer Chaperone Course
    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.

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