Trained Volunteer Leaders
The Volunteer Leader screening process has been designed to create and maintain a safe environment for 4-H members while ensuring volunteers understand the 4-H program.
4-H PEI provides programs to youth and therefore has a moral and legal responsibility to screen all volunteers to ensure the safety of 4-H youth, 4-H leaders and the 4-H organization as a whole.
If you are currently a Screened Volunteer Leader you would have already completed the first three steps below. If you successfully completed these initial steps you would have received an email from the Provincial 4-H Office to notify you of your status.
If you have not completed the New (aka. Screened) Volunteer Leader requirements you will need to go to this page to complete the first three components.
If you are of Screened Volunteer Leader status and you wish to become a Trained Volunteer Leader you will need to be sure to complete the Returning Volunteer Leader requirements and there are two extra components you must complete (see step 4 and 5 on this page).
You are NOT permitted to act in a leader role within a Club until you have completed ALL the volunteer screening requirements and have received a letter of conditional acceptance from the Provincial 4-H Screening Committee.
After you have completed the additional requirements to become a Trained Volunteer Leader you will receive an email from the Provincial 4-H Office to notify you of your status.
PRC's must be updated every three years. Leaders must obtain a PRC request letter from the 4-H office and deliver to the police agency covering the area in which he/she lives. This must be done within two weeks of the date on the request letter, otherwise, the letter will be void. The completed PRC is usually ready for pick-up after 7-10 days. It must then be delivered (or e-mailed) to the 4-H PEI Office
In 2020, 4-H Canada collaborated with Provincial 4-H organization to train staff and key leaders across Canada. At that time it was intended that YST would be delivered in-person in a group setting. With the ongoing uncertainties of Covid-19 it has become evident that alternate methods of sharing the YST were going to need to be explored.
After much consideration, 4-H PEI has decided to adopt the Youth Safety Training Webinar that is offered only by our 4-H Alberta colleagues.
After completing webinar, leaders will be required to complete a short quiz and submit it to the Provincial Office for proof that you have completed the training component needed to become a Trained Leader.
The Commit to Kids online training has been developed by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for organizations like 4-H. The training provides up-to-date and relevant best practices to increase the personal safety of children and youth.
All 4-H volunteers, leaders and staff must complete the Commit to Kids online training as part of their screening process. The training is free to all 4-H volunteers, leaders, staff and board members.
Once you have completed the Commit to Kids Volunteer Training and the Virtual Youth Safety Training the 4-H Office will be notified. You will then receive an updated letter from the Provincial 4-H Screening Committee to indicate that you have Trained Volunteer Leader status.
4-H Canada implemented new Youth Safety Policies (click to read) as of 2020. More than ever, it is crucial that Clubs have an adequate number of Volunteer Leaders to help meet the Rule of Two Policy. We encourage ALL parents to complete the New Volunteer Leader requirements so that they are able to fill in when leaders are needed.
Completing all five requirements gives you "Trained Volunteer Leader" status, however you are still required to have a second volunteer of "Trained Leader" or "Screened Leader" status with you, and vice versa, at all times when you are with a group of 4-H members.
As a 4-H volunteer leader, you have the opportunity to support youth as they Learn To Do By Doing. You are a part of a network of caring volunteers—a member of the 4-H family that exists in every province and in over 70 countries around the world. Please review this document for an overview of the 4-H Program.
Volunteer Leader Guide - June 2020 - Click here to view