Curious how people in different countries live?
Helping young people to explore and to appreciate what people around the world have in common and what makes them unique is critically important in society today. Michigan 4-H offers a variety of opportunities for kids and adults to learn more about our global community. In some cases, that perspective is gained through activities or projects that include art, reading, writing letters, reports, presentations, displays or simply talking to their own family members. In other cases, it is gained through actually traveling to a different state or to other countries such as Belize, Poland or Japan.
Michigan 4-H global and cultural education programs include:
- The 4-H China Project
- 4-H International Exchange Programs
- 4-H Backpack to Adventure: Youth Leaders in a Global World
- World Food Prize - Michigan Youth Institute
“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
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office.
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 16, 2017 | Brian Wibby | Houghton County 4-H member shares what’s next for her future leadership and civic engagement endeavors.
February 16, 2017 | Brian Wibby | Houghton County 4-H member shares her passions for making her community and world a better place through her remarkable leadership and civic engagement endeavors.
February 16, 2017 | Brian Wibby | Houghton County 4-H’er Ganna Omar isn’t waiting to become an adult to be a leader in her community—she’s being a leader today.
January 19, 2017 | Jan Brinn | 4-H has spread around the world. Let’s explore 4-H in Finland.
January 3, 2017 | D’Ann Rohrer | Academic Yearlong International Exchange students and their host families enjoy activities to strengthen their relationship.
January 3, 2017 | Connie Lange | Connect with other states through new National 4-H Exchange Interstate Exchange Database Facebook page.
January 3, 2017 | D’Ann Rohrer | International travel is a great opportunity for 4-H youth to experience new cultures and be more globally connected.
December 28, 2016 | D’Ann Rohrer | Michigan 4-H was recognized for 42 years of valued partnership with States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs.
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May 6, 2017 | Sanilac County 4-H Fairgrounds, 260 Dawson St, Sandusky, MI 48471
May 11, 2017 | Michigan State University
Jun 21, 2017 – Jun 23, 2017 | Michigan State University Campus, East Lansing, MI 48824