Community Service & Learning

Through its pledge of “hands to larger service,” 4-H has historically given back to the community by encouraging young people and adults to volunteer. In 4-H, service is commonly defined as the voluntary action of an individual or a group of individuals without pay. Service to the community – through food drives, raking the yard of an elderly neighbor, adopt-a-highway programs, teens teaching younger youth, teens mentoring children or youth determining community needs and helping solve community problems – helps young people learn caring, leadership and citizenship.

Go to the 4-H community service & learning page to learn more.

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  • Using rotating flip charts as a facilitative tool

    December 19, 2014 | Roxanne Turner | Rotating flip charts are a facilitation tool that allows everyone a chance to speak on every issue.

  • Changes coming to Michigan’s car seat laws

    December 9, 2014 | Carrie Shrier | A new bill might change the way you install your child’s car seat.

  • Developing life skills through shopping

    December 9, 2014 | Michelle Neff | Often times parents and older kids may not see eye to eye on budget or holiday present choices. This is a great time to start conversations with your kids and help them to learn important life skills that they will need in the future.

  • Tis’ the season for charity

    November 26, 2014 | Tracie Abram | Give time and hope to someone living in poverty instead of monetary donations.

  • 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.

  • Hunt for the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly

    November 20, 2014 | Brandon Schroeder | Both in and out of school, Alcona youth partner in an innovative citizen science effort to track habitats of the federally endangered Hine’s Emerald dragonfly and the invasive species that threaten them.

  • Bioneers: Not your average conference!

    November 6, 2014 | Andy Northrop | 25th year celebration draws educators, activists, concerned citizens and communities from all over, but is still faced with challenges like the rest of them!

  • Biosecurity:  Principles of CHIP- part 6

    October 31, 2014 | Katie Ockert | Biosecurity related to 4-H projects has become a focal point for many fairs and expositions. Learn the CHIP method to easily make biosecurity a part of your routine!

  • Startup Weekend successes support green business development

    October 29, 2014 | Andy Northrop | A second installment of the successful Startup Weekend: Maker Edition

  • Biosecurity:  Principles of CHIP- Part 5

    October 29, 2014 | Katie Ockert | Biosecurity related to 4-H projects has become a focal point for many fairs and expositions. Learn the CHIP method to easily make biosecurity a part of your routine!

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