“4-H Youth Business Guide to Success” curriculum has successful first year
New 4-H entrepreneurship curriculum enhances experience of 4-H volunteers and members working with market animal projects.
The new Michigan 4-H curriculum, “Youth Business Guide to Success – Make the Most of Your 4-H Market Animal Project,” has had a successful first year of availability. Making its debut in August 2016, “Youth Business Guide to Success” was written with partial support from a Michigan 4-H participation fee grant. Michigan State University Extension educators have spent the last twelve months providing staff and volunteer overview training with the support of an additional Michigan 4-H participation fee grant.
“Youth Business Guide to Success” was written to be used with 12-19 year old youth. The exception to that is the teen leadership lesson called Go to Show. This lesson is intended for teen leaders to teach young members some of the basic expenses associated with market animal projects. Though some lessons may be modified for younger youth with the support of teen members and volunteers, pilot feedback reinforced that this content is not meant for youth under the age of 12 without adaptations.
Young people benefit from 14 lessons that revolve around the following six units: goal setting, record keeping, budgeting, communication, marketing and teen leadership. In a previous article, I shared the learning objectives for each unit which can help educators and volunteers plan for meetings and workshops.
From the first year of use, Youth Business Guide to Success made its way from shore to shore and from the Upper Peninsula to the state line of Michigan:
- Ten face-to-face trainings were held across the state that reached 72 staff members and volunteers.
- 36 adults tuned in for overview webinars.
- An additional 908 participants were taught an overview or individual lessons. This number included 257 adults and 571 youth.
- With some creative thought, parts of the curriculum were successfully adapted and taught at the Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference and at The Great Dairy Adventure!
- It enhanced the educational component of the Northwest Michigan 4-H Livestock Council meetings by teaching five lessons from “Youth Business Guide to Success” to participants.
This new curriculum is making a difference for many volunteers and young people involved in market animal projects. For those that attended workshops, many are on their way to share the “Youth Business Guide to Success” with:
- 4-H leaders, members and parents
- 4-H clubs
- Councils, boards, committees and other volunteers
- Agriscience and FFA students in high school programs
To learn about the positive impact of Michigan 4-H youth career preparation, money management, and entrepreneurship programs, read the 2016 impact report: “Preparing Michigan Youth for Future Employment.”