Kettunen Center offers many 4-H teen and adult leader trainings

Kettunen Center, Michigan’s 4-H volunteer training center, offers many different trainings for youth and adults year round.

Kettunen Center, Michigan’s 4-H Volunteer training center, is a great place to spend a weekend to learn about specific programs related to 4-H.  It is owned and operated by the Michigan 4-H Foundation. Located in Tustin, Mich., this conference center offers many educational sessions, wonderful meals, break out rooms, overnight accommodations and outdoor activities.

A.G. Kettunen, was a former state 4-H leader from 1925-1956 who had a vision that 4-H could grow by offering trainings to volunteers and members.  A location was selected in Osceola County and the foundation started a fundraiser to get the facility in operation. The 160 acres is now a complete conference center and is a premier facility for youth, volunteer and professional development, not only for 4-H, but for other agency organizations to use for workshops and retreats.

Starting in the fall, most weekends are filled with 4-H specific workshops such as visual arts, clothing and textiles, horse, and small animals.  Teens and adults from all over the state come together for one or two nights and attend opening sessions with a keynote speaker, then break into different educational sessions. Michigan State University Extension has incorporated lifelong learning and skills to be taught at these 4-H workshops.  Career opportunities are promoted and there are also leadership and capacity building skills being taught at these workshops as well.

Teens, adults and families gain additional knowledge from the resources offered in each of the workshop areas.

Participants are able to share ideas between counties and create lasting friendships. Workshops are offered yearlong for the volunteers, youth, teens and families.  A new workshop for youth ages 8-12 is being offered Feb. 1-2, 2014.  It is called 4-H Winterfest and this workshop is geared to the younger age youth to give them an overnight camp experience.  Sessions offered will be shooting sports, health and fitness, financial literacy, visual arts, food and nutrition, and outdoor activities. 

The complete 4-H Volunteer Training Workshop Schedule and participant requirements are available online. For more information on Michigan 4-H, contact your local MSU Extension office.

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