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Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development

4-H Essential Elements Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development Programs - Provides individual modules to help you better understand the 4 Essential Elements and help explain these to your co-leaders or facilitators.

Policies and Operations

COVID-19 Planning Documents

Financial Management

Forms and Factsheets

For project information, such as books and forms, visit our projects page.

Club Meetings

Club Constitution & Bylaws (PDF)
Club Guidelines (PDF)
Club Monthly Meeting Report Form (PDF)
Club Officers Handbook (PDF)
Secretary's Record (PDF)
Virtual Meetings Best Practices (PDF)


4-H Member Enrollment Form (PDF)
Background Check Form (PDF)

Competition Requirements

Code of Conduct Infraction (PDF) for adult or youth 
Dress Code (PDF)
Lyric Checklist (PDF)


Health History Form (PDF)
Permission for Medication or Pre-existing Injury Form (PDF)
Permission Form (PDF)

Risk Management

Name and Emblem

The 4-H Name and Emblem are protected under federal statute Title 18, U.S. Code 707. This provides the 4-H Name and Emblem with the level of protection afforded other Federal marks, such as the Seal of the President of the United States. The 4-H Name and Emblem is intended to represent the ideals of the program with its focus on serving the educational needs and interests of 4-H youth.

The Vermont 4-H Program Leader can grant Vermont businesses with a one time use to use the name and emblem on behalf of 4-H clubs or 4-H committees who wish to get the clover printed on jackets, shirts, banners or other items. Please email sarah.kleinman@uvm.edu at least 30 days before desired receipt of items, with the name of the 4-H entity (club or committee), business name and contact information you wish to use, and items wishing to be purchased/desired design.

Please note that the 4-H Mall is equipped to print your unique club or committee name on their merchandise as well.

Specific information, including a list of businesses already approved to use the name and emblem, application to apply for national authorization to use the name and emblem, as well as a general fastsheet can be found at the USDA Youth Development & 4-H website.

High and low resolution 4-H clover emblems are available for download at University of Florida Cooperative Extension. Remember to use "high" resolution for printed materials and "low" resolution for web.

Project Management


Training Resources

4-H e-Learning Course for Volunteers

Instructions for completing the 4-H E-Learning Course for Volunteers & Retrieving the Completion Certificate

We are utilizing an e-learning course to access 4 training modules for our 4-H Volunteers.

1. Begin by registering here to gain access to the following four modules:
• Volunteer Roles and Relationships
• You Can Create a Safe and Inclusive Environment
• You Can Promote Positive Youth Development
• You Can Help Young People Learn by Doing
2. Click on "Enroll" to register and start the four modules on positive youth development. You will be asked to confirm your email and then set up an account with a password. This website is hosted by Univeristy of Wyoming. Once you have confirmed your email and set up an account, click on the button that says "Begin Course".

3. After completing the course, go to this link and submit the form. By submitting this form, you will be sent an email verifying that you completed the modules.
4. Lastly, you will need to forward this email to vermont4-H@uvm.edu and your county educator.

*If you have trouble remembering your password, you can use the "Forgot Password" link on the general Canvas login page.

Child Protection Training

Instructions for completing the Child Protection Services Training & Retrieving the Completion Certificate

4-H Volunteers must complete child protection training per UVM’s “Protecting Minors” Policy. There are two modules, "Child Protection" Parts I and II", and each one takes 15 minutes to complete.

1. To begin the training, go to The Hanover Insurance Group website. On this webpage there are 5 tabs listed under the “Education and Training” title. Click on the tab titled: “Client Protection.”. Under this tab, see both of the following modules listed:
a. Child Protection Part I: Child Abuse and Neglect
b. Child Protection Part II: Prevention and Response Strategies
2. When you click on the module, you will be taken to a menu with the list of lessons in that module. Click “continue” and follow the prompts to complete the lessons in the module.
3. Certificates: At the end of each module/training, you must take the final steps to generate a completion certificate. Because you have to complete two trainings you will receive a separate certificate for each one.  You will need to click the link that comes after “READ MORE SURVEYGIZMO”. You will then be directed to a page to input information and your certificate will be emailed to you at your email address. Please keep a copy of each certificate for your records.
4. 4-H Recordkeeping:  Forward each completion email and certificate to:  (1) your county educator; and (2) vermont4-H@uvm.edu.

You can review the complete UVM Protection of Minors Policy at this link.

Leader Training Series

The University of Vermont 4-H Leader Training Series has been developed to assist volunteer 4-H leaders who are starting new 4-H clubs or who may be working with current club members. This resource manual for 4-H leaders includes forms and guidelines specific to Vermont 4-H.

Lunch and Learn Webinars


Educator Information

In School

4-H in-school programs provide for the 4-H model of programming to be conducted during the school day. Often these classes are offered as a school enrichment segment within the school curriculum and can provide an opportunity for enhanced programming not currently made available such as digital photography, robotics, global positioning systems and other topics.


PDF icon2013 Embryology Information (PDF)

4-H Embryology is a school enrichment program that delivers life skills education through public, private, and home schools using hands-on learning. UVM Extension provides curricula and fertile eggs at minimal cost to the teacher/s, along with instructions on how to implement the program. Incubators may be purchased through the program independently. Currently, over 100 classrooms throughout the state participate in this educational enrichment activity. Students not only learn science skills, but also math and writing skills.

For more information, please contact Martha Manning, 4-H Educator for Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, St. Albans Extension Office, 1-(800)-639-2130 or (802)-524-6501, martha.manning@uvm.edu.

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After School

4-H is here to make your after school time fun and rich with opportunities. Read more in the PDF icon4-H after-school fact sheet (PDF).

Program sites can offer 4-H opportunities to youth by:

  • Starting a 4-H club at a site, with one or more projects.
  • Hosting a 4-H special interest program at a site.
  • Transporting interested youth from several sites to an offsite location for a special interest program.
  • Informing youth about 4-H opportunities such as the 4-H gardening program or 4-H summer camps.

University of Vermont Extension 4-H can provide program sites with the following:

  • Screening for 4-H volunteer applicants.
  • Orientation, training, and ongoing support for 4-H club leader(s).
  • Training and support for 4-H special interest program leader(s).
  • Nationally juried curriculum designed to teach life skills in a hands-on manner.
  • Training for program staff in the Targeting Life Skills model for program planning and evaluation.
  • Evaluation of life skill development using Targeting Life Skills evaluation tool and software.
  • Structure for out-of-school time with activities.
  • Relationship building by focusing on leadership and interactions between all members of the 4-H club.

For more information on what programs are available in your area or about starting one, contact:

Sarah Kleinman, Director of 4-H, Farmworker & Family Education Programs
802-656-0311 or 1-866-800-9944, e-mail: Sarah.Kleinman@uvm.edu