4-H Exploration Days combines fun, learning and college readiness for Michigan youth

Young people ages 11 to 19 should plan now to explore career and interest areas, develop important life skills, and make lasting friendships at 4-H Exploration Days at MSU in June.

4-H Exploration Days will be held JuneYouth learning about television studios. 19-21 on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus. This MSU pre-college program offered by 4-H Youth Development of Michigan State University Extension gives youth ages 11 to 19 an authentic collegiate experience as they explore areas of interest and career options, increase their interest and readiness for college, and develop decision making, independence and teamwork skills. They also have fun and make friends with people from different backgrounds and areas throughout Michigan. Volunteers and staff from 4-H are on hand to provide oversight and guidance to the more than 2,000 youth who annually attend.

Registration opens on March 19, allowing time for registration books to be distributed across the state through county MSU Extension offices. The registration book is also available online. Sessions are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so early registration is encouraged.

Group of youth at 4-H Exploration Days.The fee to attend is $165; youth not enrolled in 4-H pay an additional $10 4-H participation fee. For more information about 4-H Exploration Days, contact your county MSU Extension office at 1-888-MSUE-4MI. The registration deadline is April 30, 2013.

During 4-H Exploration Days, participants stay in residence halls and attend sessions in their interest areas ranging from veterinary medicine to Web design, performing arts, environmental education and many more. More than 200 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are offered. When not in action-packed learning sessions, students have a plethora of recreation and MSU facility tour choices such as the MSU Breslin Center, Demmer Center, Broad Art Museum, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, and 4-H Children’s Garden. There will be exciting opening night entertainment at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts featuring a high-energy magic show by The Magic Stu, an award-winning illusionist. There’ll also be a formal State 4-H Awards Celebration on June 20 to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 160 Michigan 4-H members.

Following their involvement, participants are eligible for nomination to apply for a $2,000 MSU Pre-College Scholarship based on criteria such as attitude, behavior and active participation. The scholarship is applied toward each recipient’s first-year at MSU as a degree-seeking student.