University of Maryland Extension


UME Volunteer Training Policy 


The first step in your volunteer training is to compete an application, followed by a screening/approval at the county level. If you have not yet completed these steps, please contact the University of Maryland Extension Office ( closest to you.  Talk with the 4-H Educator about your interest in becoming a certified UME 4-H Volunteer. Following your screening/approval from your county office, the next step is an orientation training.

In-Person Orientation Training

  • Volunteer Orientation training can be delivered in person at your county office, anytime throughout the year. Work with your county 4-H Team to make arrangements most convenient to you.

Webinar Training

  • Maryland 4-H also offers an Online Webinar Orientation Training monthly via Webex. 
  • Registering for a webinar is done by contacting your local 4-H Team.  Only 4-H staff/faculty can register volunteers for trainings.
  • These webinars allow you to participate from the comfort of your home. If you need any assistance attending these webinars, please contact your local 4-H office.
  • Participants will need access to a computer with internet connection as well as a telephone.
  • These sessions will not be recorded.

This orientation training will provide volunteers with basic information on the University of Maryland Extension (UME) 4-H Youth Development program. It will cover UME policies and procedures and detail the process to becoming an certified UME 4-H Volunteer.  The Orientation Training Lessons include: 

  • The History of 4-H- History of Extension and 4-H, Maryland 4-H structure
  • Volunteer Process- Steps to becoming a volunteer, expectations, code of conduct
  • Positive Youth Development Practices- Essential Elements and Ages and Stages
  • UMD Policies and Procedures- Roles, responsibilities, risk management and supporting UMD policies
  • Volunteer Resources and Opportunities– County and state volunteer needs and resources to help volunteers learn their new role.

Questions Regarding the Webinars should be directed to:

Jamie Morris, 4-H Volunteer Specialist, at or 301-314-7826.

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