4-H 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.

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  • Animal judging: Meat judging

    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!

  • Why should we care if our young people know where their food comes from?

    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.

  • That wasn’t the plan!

    November 24, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Making the most of changes in plans by turning them into even more successful learning lessons.

  • It’s OK to be wrong!

    November 21, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Youth development programs should support youth in creating and learning from mistakes, taking risks and even spelling words wrong!

  • Engaging at-risk youth in youth development programs - Part 2

    November 20, 2014 | Dave Radloff | Taking the five Ps of positive youth development into consideration can strengthen your community youth development strategy.

  • “Pestering Power”: Are you giving in to your kids when they nag?

    November 19, 2014 | Gail Innis | The “nag factor” is a real consideration for advertisers who market products to children.

  • Winter is bird feeder time!

    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.

  • Learning about academic support on college visits

    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.

  • Teens gain positive results and memories after traveling to Japan

    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.

  • End of season gardening tips

    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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