4-H Global leadership: World Turtles and the Five Competencies for Youth Global Leaders

The new Michigan 4-H Backpack to Adventure: Youth Leaders in a Global World curriculum encourages participants to start with the introductory activity called, World Turtles and the Five Competencies for Youth Global Leaders.

Michigan 4-H Youth Development has recently released a new global leadership curriculum. In a six part series of Michigan State University Extension news ar''ticles, starting with; Youth develop global leadership competencies through 4-H - Part 1  and an Oct. MSU Extension Spotlight, the new Michigan 4-H Backpack to Adventure: Youth Leaders in a Global World curriculum was introduced as well as an introduction to the resource. The curriculum features five youth global leadership competencies (5 C’s) that can provide a foundation to help young people become competent and successful global leaders. These competencies that youth need in order to become leaders in our interconnected world include character, citizenship, communication, culture and creativity.

The 4-H global leadership curriculum will assist volunteers, parents and guardians, professionals, and other youth educators in developing the knowledge and skills they need to become youth leaders in a global environment.  The participants are encouraged to start with the introductory activity called “World Turtles and the Five Competencies for Youth Global Leaders.” This is an enjoyable, hands-on, easy activity that provides the foundation for understanding the five competencies. 

Because of their appearance, the turtle or tortoise is a popular symbol in mythology and traditions as well as well-loved creatures.  Therefore, the turtle is a perfect visual medium for this activity. This activity uses the mythology of the turtle to introduce the 5 C’s that are referenced throughout the curriculum. Participants will first discuss and learn about youth global leadership, what a competency is and then the 5 C’s. Once an understanding of the 5 C’s has been established the creative and fun section begins.  Working in small groups with modeling clay the participants create and then report their own turtle myths that interpret and portray the five competencies of youth global leadership.  Reflection, sharing and more discussion will follow after all the stories have been told and the turtle displays have been viewed. 

After completing the lesson, participants will have an understanding of the 5 C’s for youth leadership in a global world and can then explore more activities offered in the new Michigan 4-H Backpack to Adventure: Youth Leaders in a Global World curriculum. The publication is available in print and electronic versions at the MSU Extension Bookstore.

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