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.
November 30, 2012 | Judy Ratkos | MSU pre-college programs collectively prepare youth for successful transition to higher education and careers, benefitting Michigan’s workforce development and long-range economic impact.
November 12, 2012 | Jan Brinn | Gain knowledge and awareness by exploring fall traditions, learning more about the “how” and “why” of Thanksgiving celebrations.
October 17, 2012 | Rachel Meyers | Parents can take a variety of measures to build cultural awareness and tolerance in their children – including young children.
October 15, 2012 | Jan Brinn | Global traditions can be fascinating and educational. Halloween is celebrated in the United States by many individuals and has a global connection. Let’s explore this tradition and the similarities and differences of this festive event.
October 3, 2012 | Renée Applegate | Knowing high and low context cultural behavior will assist host families in understanding and communication with their exchange students.
September 19, 2012 | Jackelyn Martin | Youth build life skills, enhance appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism when they participate in 4-H state exchanges.
September 12, 2012 | Jackelyn Martin | Youth exchanges build cultural appreciation and life skills. Follow these ten steps for a successful exchange.
September 7, 2012 | Jan Brinn | First impressions are important for a variety of reasons; greetings can be culturally diverse and it’s important for youth to be aware of this as they aim to communicate positively.
August 25, 2012 | Frank Cox | Participating in International 4-H exchanges can benefit youth in preparing them for the global economy.
August 24, 2012 | Molly Frendo | Volunteers should understand the importance of cultural sensitivity as it relates to work with their clients. Learn what cultural competency is and what it includes.
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