Empowering Youth Through 4-H: Registration, Projects, Volunteers, and Events

4-H Online Registration

4-H empowers young people to lead for a lifetime by providing them with hands-on experiences guided by adult mentors. Almost six million kids and teens participate through school and community clubs, in-school and after-school programs, and 4-H camps.

Online registration is the official method used to enroll youth members and volunteers in the 4-H Youth Development Program. Instruction guides and videos are available below to help you navigate the system.

Membership

4-H is a fun way to develop life-long skills in a variety of projects. Club and county 4-H experiences allow youth to learn leadership, communication, responsibility, time management and teamwork. They also build connections with others through service and community activities, make friends at camp, clinics and workshops, and have the opportunity to show their work at the junior fair and other events.

During the re-enrollment or enrollment process members will be asked to answer important questions that determine their membership type. Youth will be enrolled as either Cloverbuds or Members based on their date of birth. Volunteers are enrolled as either Leaders or Support Staff. Leaders are adults who are screened and trained to lead youth in 4-H and will be responsible for the direct supervision of members. Support Staff are non-leader adults who provide general support to 4-H, attend meetings and support the program.

4-H Online uses ZSuite, an on-line program to manage the 4-H enrollment and registration process. Please review the 4-H Online Help Sheets for guidance and to get started.

Projects

4-H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime through hands-on, learn-by-doing experiences. Youth are given opportunities to develop their interests and passions in areas like animal science, photography, food, robotics, woodworking and more!

All families wishing to have their youth participate in the Indiana 4-H Youth Development program should enroll online. Enrollment opens October 1st each year and is open to all youth in Kindergarten through 19 years. Cloverbuds is a non-competitive group experience for youth in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Project members are involved in project-based learning with more than 200 projects to choose from.

During the online enrollment process, youth will be asked to select their clubs and projects for the current program year. Club choice is based on age, meeting time and location, project offerings, and leader availability. County fairs and certain project areas (such as horse or shooting sports) may have specific project enrollment deadlines that must be met to participate.

Volunteers

Youth ages 5-18 engage in hands-on projects based on their interests guided by adult mentors. They develop leadership skills, learn to make positive decisions and connect with new friends and mentors. Youth can join a club, attend camp or sign up to be a 4-H teen leader and volunteer their time.

All volunteers who work with youth are required to complete a background check and the appropriate 4-H orientation process. You will either be prompted to begin this process when you enroll in 4-H Online or receive an email invitation from your County Extension Office.

Screening is repeated every five years based on your geographic location. If you are an active 4-H volunteer and your screening is due to expire, you will be prompted to renew it. In addition, all 4-H volunteers are required to watch the Minors Compliance Video. All of this can be completed through Z-Suite. Please contact your County Extension Office if you have questions.

Events

All 4-H families are required to have a profile in the 4-H online database system. This is how the state and counties track members, volunteers, projects and events.

Youth who want to participate in competitive 4-H events such as fairs, horse and shooting sports must have a current project enrollment for their major project. These enrollments require parental consent and serve as the official project registration record.

Parents or guardians should log into their family’s 4HOnline account and complete the member enrollments for each child in the family. Please ensure that the e-mail addresses entered in 4-H Online are correct and that they are checked regularly so all family members receive important information from the county extension office and can respond promptly to any questions. This online system is also the method used to register for 4-H camps and other limited-enrollment activities. Click the “Event” button to begin registration for these programs. Then select the appropriate project, event date and location from the list.

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