Michigan 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the state, with nearly 200,000 youth between the ages of 5 and 19 participating. Because Michigan 4-H is part of MSU Extension, the activities your kids participate in are all backed by and based on child development research. We use experiential (i.e. hands-on) learning and time spent intentionally thinking about what’s been learned to make it a meaningful experience, with skills and ideas learned that last a lifetime.
It’s a fact: kids who participate in 4-H get better grades, are more likely to go to college, are less likely to use drugs, cigarettes or alcohol, and are more likely to give back to their communities. For more information, visit the Michigan 4-H website.
November 24, 2014 | Melissa Elischer | This series of articles will introduce animal judging – what it is, the life skills it helps youth to develop, where it can take youth, and why everyone should try it!
November 24, 2014 | Makena Schultz | With the world growing quickly in population and interconnectedness, it is important for today’s youth to recognize the complex system that puts food on their dinner table every day and that they understand that they have the power to make a difference.
November 24, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Making the most of changes in plans by turning them into even more successful learning lessons.
November 21, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Youth development programs should support youth in creating and learning from mistakes, taking risks and even spelling words wrong!
November 20, 2014 | Dave Radloff | Taking the five Ps of positive youth development into consideration can strengthen your community youth development strategy.
November 19, 2014 | Gail Innis | The “nag factor” is a real consideration for advertisers who market products to children.
November 19, 2014 | Nick Baumgart | Bird Feeding 101: Find the basics of starting to feed birds in your backyard, outside your classroom or with your 4-H club. Discover what types of feeders and seed work best.
November 19, 2014 | Frank Cox | Consider a visit to the center(s) that offer any type of assistance or support for academics during a college visit.
November 18, 2014 | Jan Brinn | Four Michigan teens gained positive results, lifelong memories and more after participating in the 2014 Michigan 4-H Japanese Outbound Summer International Exchange.
November 18, 2014 | Dixie Sandborn | Getting ready for winter also means putting your garden to rest. Consider planting a cover crop and learn tips for winterizing your garden tools.
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- 4-H Animal & Vet Science Camp
- 4-H Capitol Experience
- 4-H Career Exploration
- 4-H Citizenship & Service
- 4-H Cloverbuds (Ages 5-8)
- 4-H Exploration Days
- 4-H Food, Health & Well-Being
- 4-H Military Family Programs
- 4-H Renewable Energy Camp
- 4-H Shooting Sports
- 4-H Youth Mentoring
- Becoming a 4-H volunteer
- Character Education
- Inclusive 4-H
- Life of Lake Superior Youth Program
- Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council
- Revolution of Responsibility
- 4-H Guiding Principles
- 4-H Leader Resources
- Kettunen Center
- Michigan 4-H Animal Marketing Project Record Book
- Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden
- Michigan 4-H Guiding Principles
- Ocqueoc Outdoor Center
- State and national 4-H websites
- Tollgate Education Center
- U.P. State Fair
- Youth entrepreneurship sites
- Youth mentoring and volunteering sites