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4-H Online 2.0 Family Guide


September 1, 2021 - Author:

Looking to enroll in Michigan 4-H as a member or volunteer? Your county’s Michigan State University Extension 4-H professional can help you with the enrollment process. All adults must complete the MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process prior to 4-H Online enrollment.

How to create and use a family profile in 4-H Online

The first step to becoming a 4-H member, volunteer, or participant is creating a profile in the 4-H Online data management system. Michigan 4-H uses the 4-H Online system to manage 4-H membership, clubs, projects, activities, and communications. All youth and adult volunteers who participate in Michigan 4-H must have a 4-H Online profile.

4-H Online profiles are family-based, which means every family creates a “master” profile with its own login ID and password. A member file is then created within the family profile for each family member involved in Michigan 4-H. A family profile may contain both youth and/or adult volunteers.

Types of members:

  • Cloverbud: youth ages 5-7 years of age on January 1 of the current year
  • Club Member: youth ages 8-19 years of age on January 1 of the current year
  • Volunteer: adults who have been screened and approved as MSU Extension 4-H volunteers
  • Participant: youth or adults who do not wish to join a 4-H program but may want to attend an event or activity.

Club volunteer roles:

  • Administrative Leader: individuals who provide overall leadership to a club or group. They may also be known as the General or Club leader.
  • Activity Leader: individuals who provide leadership or assist with an activity or variety of activities in the 4-H program. They may work independently or with a club, group, or committee to carry out an activity.
  • Project Leader: individuals who provide on-going leadership to a project within a club or group. It is possible for a club to have more than one project leader for a project. These leaders provide support to members enrolled in specific projects.
  • Mentor: individuals who serve as a designated mentor. 4-H mentors are matched with 1-4 youth for the purpose of developing a long-term mentoring relationship with members. This includes those who volunteer with 4-H Tech Wizards, one-on-one mentoring programs and other small group mentoring efforts.
  • Resource Volunteer: individuals who serve as a county or state-wide resource for the 4-H program. They may provide leadership for a single learning experience, short term learning experience, short term program, serve on a council/committee/board, or be utilized as needed for their expertise.
  • SPIN Club Volunteer: Individuals who provide leadership or assist with a Special Interest Club (SPIN) in the 4-H program.

New members may be added to the family profile at any time and members who are no longer involved in 4-H may be archived.

If someone in your family was involved in Michigan 4-H from 2015 to present, you likely already have a family profile in 4-H Online. If you need assistance accessing an existing family profile, review the steps in this guide. If necessary, contact your local MSU Extension office for assistance. 

To access your existing family profile or to create a new family profile, visit 4-H Online.

Then follow the instructions in this guide. Note: This website works best on screens larger than those on smartphones.


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