4-H Incredible Exchange


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4-H Incredible Exchange

COVID-19 Update: The 4-H Incredible Exchange will be offered as a virtual program this year. All sites will have a combination of web-based meetings and independent work.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Ecklund, kolean@umn.edu.


The 4-H Incredible Exchange is a summer program offering youth ages 13–15 an opportunity to volunteer in their community, connect with an adult mentor, and learn job skills. It is a 4-H program offered through St. Louis County Extension. 

4-H is a University of Minnesota youth development organization whose goal is to promote the positive, healthy development of young people by providing hands-on learning activities. The 4-H Incredible Exchange utilizes a 4-H model and involves youth volunteering in the community to gain job skills and experience. Youth apply to volunteer at various local volunteer sites. They are trained and guided by screened Adult 4-H Volunteers (mentors) throughout their volunteer experience.

At the conclusion of their volunteer hours (25-50), youth will have gained valuable experience and skills, and receive an Exchange certificate redeemable for their chosen recreational or cultural activity.

Volunteer Sites

Examples of volunteer sites include community youth centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and local tourist attractions. Youth can apply to volunteer at sites such as Animal Allies, the Glensheen Gift Shop, Chester Bowl Adventure Camp, and many more. For a full list of sites and descriptions of volunteer activities, click here.

Exchange Certificate

Following completion of 25-50 volunteer hours, youth are eligible to receive a certificate to use toward a recreational or cultural activity of their choice. Examples of certificates include ski or golf pass, art classes, dance, martial arts, music or horseback riding lessons, and YMCA passes.

How to apply to be an Incredible Exchange volunteer

Youth in St. Louis County may apply January through April 30th. Youth must be 13-15 years old as of the deadline date for the volunteer session. Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview session in May, where they will meet mentors from volunteer sites. Mentors will conduct interviews with potential volunteers and youth will be matched with one of our many volunteer sites. 

To apply to the 4-H Incredible Exchange, visit: z.umn.edu/4Hie