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.
January 29, 2016 | Makena Schultz | Using cooking and international recipes to engage your kids in thinking about the world and people of other cultures.
January 28, 2016 | Jan Brinn | The midpoint stage is a good time for international exchange students and their host families to reflect upon their experience and set goals for the remainder of their stay.
December 30, 2015 | Connie Lange | Youth can travel and host to learn about other countries cultures through the 4-H International Exchange program.
December 17, 2015 | Dixie Sandborn | Interesting folklore and facts about how mistletoe grows and how it became a holiday tradition.
December 15, 2015 | Dixie Sandborn | Sugarplums are a holiday treat kids will enjoy making.
December 15, 2015 | Dixie Sandborn | Sweet potatoes are commonly found in many holiday meals, especially during Kwanzaa celebrations.
December 14, 2015 | Dixie Sandborn | Latkes are potato pancakes that are a traditional food served during the Hanukkah celebration.
December 14, 2015 | Makena Schultz | During the 2015 football season, MSU took the opportunity to celebrate cross-cultural exchange through art and performance.
December 7, 2015 | Betty Jo Krosnicki | New grant will implement 2016 Ag Innovators Experience project that’ll engage 4-Hers to teach the important link between pollinators and food production to younger youth.
November 25, 2015 | Jackelyn Martin | Visiting a restaurant that specializes in ethnic cuisine can provide an educational experience to spice up group meetings.
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Mar 12, 2016 – Mar 13, 2016 | Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Dr., Tustin, MI 49688
Mar 14, 2016 – Mar 15, 2016 | Macomb Community College, University Center, 44575 Garfield Road Clinton Township, MI 48038