Volunteer Leader Requirements
4-H Volunteer Leaders are appointed annually by the University of California Cooperative Extension County Director upon completion of enrollment forms, a Leader Orientation, and a California Department of Justice background check (Livescan fingerprinting) initiated by University of California Cooperative Extension prior to their initial appointment.
To complete Livescan fingerprinting, go to any provider listed on the following document: Request Live Scan Instructions (this document also contains all the required information you will need to fill out the "Request for Live Scan Service" form.) Blank Request for Live Scan Service forms may be obtained on the California Attorney General’s website at: Request for Live Scan Service
To complete the Volunteer Orientation, please watch the orientation video and complete the accompanying quiz linked below.
Santa Barbara County Leader Enrollment Information
We have transitioned to online enrollment.
To enroll online, go to: https://ca.4honline.com.
Online Enrollment Procedures:
- Determine which Primary 4-H Club you would like to join. To locate and learn more about a Santa Barbara County 4-H club near you, please click here.
- Contact the Community Club Leader (CCL) to verify the date and time of their next meeting. Meetings are generally held once a month.
- Ask your club Volunteer Enrollment Coordinator (VEC) for help if you have questions about enrolling online or if you do not have online access. Each club has a Volunteer Enrollment Coordinator (VEC) to help you enroll online.
- Download and complete the Health History and Medical Release forms while enrolling online and submit these forms with your enrollment fees to the Club Volunteer Enrollment Coordinator (VEC).
- Check the box that you are a Volunteer under the Personal Information tab, if you are serving as an adult or youth leader in your club. Under the Club and Projects tab, you will be prompted to enter your position in the club. (Examples of adult leaders are Project Leader, Community Club Leader, Volunteer Enrollment Leader and Treasurer Advisor. Examples of youth club leaders are officer positions and junior and teen leader.)
- After enrolling, you will be able to make changes to your profile once the 4-H office has approved your enrollment and your status is "active."
- New Adult Volunteers will be approved once their DOJ Live Scan has cleared and they have completed the online New Adult Volunteer online orientation quiz. Please click here for more information about these requirements.
- In the "Club" tab, add countywide project or any clubs you may be crossing over into.
- For New Leaders: Select “I need to set up a new profile” and complete the online application. Enrollment in one project only is recommended for the first year. To enroll in more than one project, please get approval from the Club Community Leader (CCL).
- For Returning Leaders: PLEASE DO NOT CREATE A NEW PROFILE. If you or an immediate family member has been enrolled in any club within California since 2007, you should already have an existing family profile. Family members are set up in CA 4H Online under one family email address. This is the same email address where you should be receiving the SB County 4-H Newsletter. Please use this family email address to enroll. If you do not know your password, enter your family email address and click “I forgot my password.” A new temporary password will be immediately emailed to this email address. Use your family email address and this password to enter your profile. You will be then be prompted to create a new password.
- Has your e-mail changed or need more help? Contact the 4-H office to update or confirm your family email address. Phone: (805) 893-3409 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
To enroll in Santa Barbara County 4-H, we use the CA 4hOnline enrollment system; however, if needed, paper enrollment forms are available in English and Spanish, at: https://ca.4honline.com. Please see your club Enrollment Coordinator for more information or instructions.