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.
September 12, 2017 | Jan Brinn | Let’s explore 4-H in Nepal and what it looked like after the April 2015 earthquake.
August 31, 2017 | D’Ann Rohrer | Six Korean delegates share their exchange experience in Michigan, how it has influenced their lives and the bond they have with their host family.
August 31, 2017 | Makena Schultz | Meet Joanmarie Weiss, a lifelong IFYE host to international exchange students, and learn how being a host family and impacted her and her family’s life.
August 29, 2017 | D’Ann Rohrer | Thoughts from a Japanese chaperone participating in Michigan 4-H’s month-long international exchange program.
July 10, 2017 | Zach Robertson | Thirty-one 4-H members honored for their outstanding accomplishments in leadership, service and life skill development.
June 30, 2017 | Brian Wibby | These resources and lesson plans can help youth learn and teach others about Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
June 30, 2017 | Brian Wibby | Learning about Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals can help inform youth as active global citizens.
June 21, 2017 | Brian Wibby | The RAYSE Index provides county-specific data to help target increased civic engagement efforts aimed at 18-29-year-olds.
June 21, 2017 | Kea Norrell-Aitch | We’ve developed a new diversity and inclusion activity to assist youth in preparing for 4-H Exploration Days.
June 20, 2017 | Beverly Przystas | Across the state, Michigan State University Extension is helping youth, adults and communities grow and prosper. Let’s take a look at how Gladwin County made impacts through Extension programs in 2016.