Volunteers are key to the 4-H program. They enable the 4-H program to grow and thrive. These individuals donate their time, efforts and skills so that the Sedgwick county 4-H program can excel. Staff and parents trust these volunteers to have the best interests of young people at heart.
Safety of young people is shared responsibility between volunteers, Extension staff, K-State Research and Extension, and the state. We need to do our best to protect young people through the implementation of a youth protection system. In Kansas, the youth protection system is the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Screening process.
Steps to become a Sedgwick County Registered 4-H Volunteer:
- Complete the Application and return it to the Sedgwick County Extension Office.
- Complete an in person interview (done by club leaders for club level volunteers or by county staff for county level volunteers)
- Register as a volunteer and complete the online orientation at: https://www.4honline.com
- Complete the Child Abuse Registry form and return it to the Extension Office.
- Submit your information for Criminal Background check. (Note: Validity Screening Solutions is the company doing the background check for Kansas 4-H. You will need to create an account before you will be able to input your personal information.)
- When all parts are complete, staff will review the materials and submit to Board for approval.
Once you are a Registered Volunteer
- Fill out the renewal form annually.
- A CBC will be required every 3 years.
Who Must Complete the Volunteer Screening Process?
A volunteer, adult or teen, with authority to independently plan and conduct educational experiences for youth with other adults present or in a public setting OR a volunteer whose position puts them in close, ongoing, one-to-one interaction with youth must complete the VIP process.
Volunteer roles include, but are not limited to, judging team coach, community leader, organizational leader, project leader, camp counselor, camp assistant, Discover Days or other event chaperone, exchange trip chaperone, chauffeur for any 4-H activities, and county-wide project leader.
Volunteers who do not fit into one of the above criteria would be considered episodic and do not need to complete the screening.
The National Criminal Background Check (CBC) cost (as of August 1, 2014) is $22.50 for the first time it is conducted on a volunteer, $16.50 for all subsequent checks (every three years). At this time, these costs are covered by funding from Sedgwick County Extension Council, so there is no charge to volunteers.
The Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry check is free, the $10 fee is waived because Kansas 4-H is a Kansas Mentor Organization.