Change the world. Change your community.
Through citizenship, leadership and community service learning activities, young people learn how their actions (such as voting, participating in community service activities, writing letters to their legislators and taking action on an issue important to them) can help them understand how to make a difference. In the process, they learn life skills, understand themselves, learn to learn, communicate better, make positive decisions and learn to get along and work well with both youth and adults.
Michigan 4-H is proud to be a leader in citizenship, leadership & service!
Leadership skills can be learned and developed through the many opportunities 4-H has to offer. 4-H’ers learn about leadership and practice those skills through activities such as taking part in 4-H club meetings, presenting information at various events, designing and implementing activities for younger youth and carrying out community service projects as individuals or with a group. 4-H teaches youth the life skills necessary to effectively lead others. These important life skills will be used in jobs, in careers, in service clubs, in communities and in daily activities as an adult.
By taking part in 4-H, young people can acquire the leadership life skills they need to take responsibility for their actions and to work with others in achieving individual and group goals. In a 4-H leadership project, youth gain experience in understanding themselves, communicating, getting along with other, learning to learn, making decisions and managing and working with group.
The 4-H Teen Leadership Project
An excellent way for 4-H’ers to discover what makes a leader successful is to become involved with a 4-H teen leadership project. 4-H teen leaders doing a 4-H teen leadership project can choose to take on a leadership role defined by themselves and their chosen adult advisor, which involves more responsibility, time and work. 4-H teen leaders who have been involved in developing their leadership skills for some time can expand their experience by taking on a specific project. The 4-H teen leadership project allows teens to actively participate in project planning, become involved in leadership tasks, and help younger 4-H members learn by example. 4-H teen leaders who are involved in a 4-H teen leadership project have different requirements and complete the 4-H Teen Leadership Project Guide, which allows teens to discuss and reflect upon their project plan and project goals. 4-H offers opportunities for 4-H teens to become leaders by practicing the skills they are learning. See the 4-H Teen Leadership publication to learn more.
Citizenship Washington Focus
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is an opportunity for 4-H youth (age 14-19) to spend an entire week in Washington, DC; including a stop in Gettysburg.
For 2017, our dates are June 24 - July 1. PLEASE NOTE: This is immediately after 4-H Exploration Days.
The cost for the trip this year will be $1380. This includes transportation, lodging, and most meals.
- November 15: $300 deposit due. Interested delegates must contact their local MSU Extension office for registration details.
- January 15: Additional $700 of payment is due, and along with a completed online registration form, that will be emailed to each approved delegate along with a packet of forms.
- March 15: Additional $380 final payment is due.
- A brochure is available as a word file or a pdf for your convenience.
- There is also a Facebook-ready graphic you can post or share.
World Food Prize - Michigan Youth Institute
Michigan youth lead the way to feed a hungry planet!
The World Food Prize – Michigan Youth Institute is an experience designed to inspire and engage youth as the next generation of researchers, scholars, policymakers, and leaders in addressing the topic of global food security. Michigan high school students will select, research and write a paper about a global food security topic in a developing country of their choice. Students will present their research to peers and experts, and experience how Michigan State University leads the way in addressing global food security, during an exciting day on the campus of MSU on May 11, 2017. The youth with the best research projects will be eligible to represent Michigan at the World Food Prize - Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa (October, 2017) and may qualify to apply for scholarships and prestigious paid internships which will have them working side-by-side with leading food security researchers in the United States or around the world!
The World Food Prize - Michigan Youth Institute is the result of a partnership between the World Food Prize, MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension, Michigan 4-H and Michigan FFA.
New Curriculum Published!
4-H Backpack to Adventure: Youth Leaders in a Global World is an innovative, competency-driven and research-based curriculum from Michigan State University Extension. It is designed for adult and teen volunteers, parents, professionals and others to use in working with young people aged 9 to 19 to develop the knowledge and skills they need to become youth leaders in an interconnected, global environment.
The learning activities are appropriate for use in nonformal educational settings such as 4-H clubs and groups, after-school and out-of-school programs, home school classes, school enrichment programs and camps. The activities can also be used in classrooms.
- The “4-H Backpacks to Adventure” that young people create either on their own or in teams.
- A focus on five competencies (5Cs) that young people will need to become leaders – locally and globally – in a globalized, rapidly changing and interconnected world. The 5Cs are character, citizenship, communication, creativity and culture.
- A “Resource Matrix” that shows which of the 5Cs are addressed in each activity and that links to many more learning opportunities.
- The activities are matched to the 2010 National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.
“The challenges that face the world today – from global poverty and climate change to financial systems and conflict – require globally minded solutions. Global competency skills are necessary so that young people can invent a future that appropriately addresses global challenges.”
– van Fleet & Winthrop, 2010
Advisory Group Materials
- Michigan 4-H Advisory Groups Bylaws Template
- For 4-H Councils
- For 4-H Livestock Committees
- For 4-H Horse Committees
- Michigan 4-H Advisory Councils Responsibilities, Best Practices, & Requirements
- Creating A Strong Purpose
- Parliamentary Procedure FAQ
- Action Steps Document
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:
Janelle Stewart, Leadership and Civic Engagement Work Group Co-Chair
Brian Wibby, Leadership and Civic Engagement Work Group Co-Chair
March 20, 2017 | Sheila Smith | Calhoun County’s summer 4-H Creative and Expressive Arts program teaches youth critical life skills.
March 16, 2017 | Brian Wibby | While focused on global food security and hunger, the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute includes a wide variety of social, environmental and economic issues that appeal to youth.
March 6, 2017 | Brian Wibby | 4-H True Leaders in Service initiative seeks to engage all 4-H members and clubs in community service activities during April.
March 1, 2017 | Jackelyn Martin | Consider these strategies to build a sense of trust in your 4-H advisory group.
March 1, 2017 | Janelle Stewart | Recognizing the treasurer, corresponding secretary and reporter of a 4-H club as they take their official office is important.
March 1, 2017 | Janelle Stewart | Recognizing the president, vice president and secretary of a 4-H club as they take their official office is important.
February 28, 2017 | Mark Thomas | Cooperative boards of directors are ultimately responsible for their own financial health. Success can be achieved by understanding the co-op’s mission and respectful discussion at the board level within an agreed upon framework.
February 21, 2017 | Jamie Wilson | As millions across the globe deal with food insecurity, the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute offers young people an opportunity to become the next generation of global leaders to end world hunger.
February 17, 2017 | Makena Schultz | Francine Barchett, a 2015 World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute delegate, shares her experience as a high schooler conducting international research in India.
February 17, 2017 | Makena Schultz | Learn to recognize the differences between reflection and rumination in yourself, and learn some tips for engaging in healthy reflection.
Mar 29, 2017 – Mar 29, 2017 | Ontonagon School, 710 Parker Ave, Ontonagon, MI 49953
Apr 3, 2017 – Apr 3, 2017 | Dickinson County Library, 401 Iron Mountain St, Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Apr 15, 2017 | Anthony Hall, Michigan State University, 474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
Apr 19, 2017 | Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, 2900 East Hibbard Road, Corunna, MI 4881
May 6, 2017 | Sanilac County 4-H Fairgrounds, 260 Dawson St, Sandusky, MI 48471
May 11, 2017 | Michigan State University
May 20, 2017 – May 21, 2017 | Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Dr., Tustin, MI 49688