Become a Volunteer

Each year hundreds of individuals donate their time and talents to further the Royal's purpose of providing opportunities for agricultural competitive learning, educational experiences and scholarships that inspire and cultivate dreams. Whether helping with the setup of the World Series of Barbecue® awards ceremony or the livestock exhibitor's social, operating a tack taxi or handing out ribbons during the horse shows, volunteers are at the heart of everything we do.

VOLUNTEERS - Let us celebrate you! Join us at the 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Party, Tuesday, April 18. For more information, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available for Education Programs, Horse Shows, Livestock Shows, Rodeo, Royal social events and World Series of Barbecue®. Join other enthusiastic volunteers who help to make the American Royal "Kansas City's Most Authentic Asset".

Check back next summer for more 2017 volunteer opportunities.

New in 2016

The American Royal will begin performing background screening on all youth event volunteers for the 2016 season (see announcement PDF below). Our organization has experienced tremendous growth and success over the years, and with growth comes recognition and risk. We must take precautions to ensure that we continue to be successful in our endeavors without jeopardizing our ability to achieve our mission, “to impact the future of agriculture through competitive learning, scholarships, education and agriculture events.” Thus, it is our responsibility to know more about our volunteers.

Currently, all volunteers for our youth events are required to undergo a screening process prior to being confirmed for time slots. In time, all volunteers will be screened.

How to complete your background check:

Please click on the link below to download the release form, complete, print, sign, scan, and send via email to Jessica Wright, Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected]. You may also obtain release forms from the American Royal Office.

If you are unable to email your release form, please feel free to drop it off at the American Royal Office.

If you prefer, you may submit your form directly to True Hire, the American Royal background check vendor. Ensure “American Royal Association” is on the top of the form, then fax the form to 800-262-6720.

You will be notified of your results via email, including time slot confirmation if you've been cleared. You may wish to wait to sign up for a time slot until your screening has been cleared.

[Fill out the Release Form below]


We want to address any of your questions and concerns. Most inquiries can be answered by our Background Check FAQ below.

For any other questions or concerns, please contact Jessica Wright, Volunteer Coordinator, at 816-569-4030 or [email protected]

Background Screening Policy
Background Screening Announcement

Background Release Form
Background Screening FAQ