Adult Volunteer Leaders

Discover the World Together...Be a 4-H Volunteer

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Adults and youth spend time together, learning new skills, developing hidden talents, making new friends, and having fun. Flexibility to fit your interests. Do you like birdwatching, cooking gardening, photography, or working with animals?


Adults of all ages who want to share their knowledge and talents with young people through a quality youth development program.


Adults and youth spend time together, learning new skills, developing hidden talents, making new friends and having fun. Flexibility to fit your interests. Do you like birdwatching, cooking, gardening, photography, or working with animals? There are many interesting projects and fun things to do as a part of 4-H. You'll enjoy working with young people, and learn right along with them! Imagine the satisfaction of watching a young person blossom. The goal of 4-H is to help young people develop as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens in their communities. Adult volunteers who spend time with 4-H members are key in this process. You can help form the foundation on which productive citizens are built. 4-H volunteer leaders have many opportunities to acquire training, learn new skills, attend conferences, and meet people.


Contact your County Extension Office for information on how to become involved in local clubs and groups.

Links and Documents of Interest

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Take 10 with 4-H

Idea/Information Sharing for 4-H Volunteer Leaders via Zoom

A great resource for volunteers where an extension agent or 4-H volunteer will present about 5-7 minutes on a topic and open up for sharing from participants for remainder of the 10 minutes. Sessions will be recorded and shared below. Since the scheduled Take 10 sessions will only focus on one small part of a larger topic, click on the link below for videos and resources.


2024 New Mexico 4-H Adult Forum

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Registration Opening in August!
2024 Adult Forum

When - November 9, 2024

Where - TBA

Theme - NM 4-H - A Place to Call Home

Schedule - 2024 Adult Forum Schedule coming in August 

Workshops - 2023 Adult Forum coming in August  


Information will be available in August. 

2024 Adult Forum Hotel Reservation Link  

Event Information

Community Service - coming soon!

Door Prizes -

Each county is asked to bring at least one door prize with a value of $5-$10. Individual donations are also accepted. Door prizes will be accepted at Forum registration check in and drawn throughout the day.

Silent Auction

Donations may be made to a silent auction conducted during Forum. Bring any items you would like to donate to the auction table during registration check in. Proceeds are used to provide scholarships for volunteers to attend future state Forums.  

2024 NM 4-H Audit Forum T-shirt

Individuals will be able to purchase a t-shirt directly from Sports Accessories Inc. Click here to place your order:   

Adult Forum Registration Scholarships - Deadline Oct. 15, 2024

New Mexico 4-H Adult Forum: First-Timer Registration Scholarships

Eight, $20 registration scholarship applications will be available in August for 4-H Leaders attending the Forum for the first time. You must submit a completed 4-H Adult Forum registration form AND payment, along with your completed Scholarship application. If you are selected, you will receive the scholarship funds following the event. Registration materials and the Scholarship Application form will be available in August from the New Mexico 4-H website (under the 'Adult Volunteers Leader' tab) or from your County Extension Office. Please consider participating in this year's 4-H Adult Forum where you will meet other adults involved in 4-H; hear a motivational speaker; participate in workshops, a community service project, Make and Take activities, a silent auction, and more! Come for a full day of fun, networking and education. Registration includes the workshops, speaker, special activities, lunch, and breaks - it is a bargain at $40 if registered before October 15.

Gerry Copeland Adult Leader Scholarship

Gerry Copeland was a 4-H leader for several years, but her participation grew in 4-H after her own children graduated. She worked as a 4-H volunteer for 30 years by working on committees, working with the county 4-H ambassadors and taking leadership roles with 4-H leader's association events. She believed in the importance of giving 4-H volunteer leaders the professional development they needed to guide 4-Hers.

When she died in December 2018 after a brief battle with breast cancer, her friends and family established this award for other 4-H adult leaders in New Mexico, so that they could also grow their skills, confidence, and passion for the 4-H program.

One scholarship of $20.00 will be awarded to a volunteer from each county attending the 2022 NM 4-H Forum. To nominate a volunteer, complete the attached form by October 15.

Adult Forum Workshop Proposal Form

4-H Leader's Association

The 4-H Leaders' Association is open to all enrolled adult 4-H leaders. Click on the following link for more information:

Executive Board

Three 4-H leaders from each of the four Extension 4-H districts will be selected by an application process (application may be submitted by the applicant or by the county agent with permission of the applicant) to serve on the Executive Board of the New Mexico State 4-H Leaders' Association. The tenure of the Executive Board members will be three years. One third of the membership will be replaced each year. Executive Board members will begin their term at the meeting held during the annual 4-H Leaders' Forum.

  • 2023-2024 Executive Board (PDF)

Salute to Excellence Awards

Please send nomination forms to the address below:

New Mexico State University State 4-H Office P.O. Box 30003 MSC 3AE Las Cruces, NM 88003. Please click on the link below for more information regarding the National 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards and nomination forms.