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Volunteers, parents, and other adults are a valued and essential part of the 4-H program and have a profound impact on the life trajectory of 4-H members. Adult 4-H volunteers are appointed by the county 4-H office after completing the necessary volunteer application steps.

We need volunteers to fill these important volunteer positions.

Returning Volunteers

  1. Enrollment in ZSuite -

  2. Complete the required “2023-2024 California Returning Volunteer Training”  in eXtension eXtension online courses and use enrollment key: ContraCosta to access the courses.

  3. Submit program fees:

New Volunteers

  1. Complete interest survey Interest Survey

  2. Complete required “2023-2024 California New Volunteer Course”  in eXtension Campus Extension Courses and use enrollment key: ContraCosta to access the courses.

  3. Enrollment in ZSuite -

  4. DOJ Background Check - Form shared as needed and on-site fingerprinting may be provided at county events

  5. Submit program fees:

Primary Members (also called Cloverbuds)

must be 5 years old by December 31 of the program year. Primary members cannot enroll in large animal projects. Youth enrolling or turning nine after December 31 must participate as a Primary Member until the end of the program year.

Cloverbuds are able to participate in most projects, however certain projects have minimum age requirements.  

YOUTH 9 - 18

4-H Members - Must be 9 years old by December 31 of the program year and may continue in the program until the end of the calendar year in which they become 19 years of age.

4-H provides a variety of leadership and public speaking experiences for the youth.  There are many programs available on the county and state level for youth 13 and up.  You can discover more on the county or state website. 

Enrollment Process

​All 4-H youth (ages 5-19) must enroll annually (July 1 through June 30).  

  1. Enrollment in ZSuite -

  2. Submit program fees: Program fees are $150 for youth. Submit your program fees payment online with a credit card at:

​Online Resources:



YOUTH 5 - 8

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