Wonder how to become president?

Girl delivering a speech.Young people (5 to 19 years old) are invited to join 4-H and gain the knowledge, skills and practical application needed to be participatory members of our democracy, learn job skills and have fun. Programs and 4-H Clubs are done through a cadre of trained volunteers and staff who work with young people on dynamic and meaningful educational programs.

Through citizenship, leadership and community service learning activities, young people learn how their actions (such as voting, participating in community service activities, writing letters to their legislators and taking action on an issue important to them) can help them understand how to make a difference. In the process, they learn life skills, understand themselves, learn to learn, communicate better, make positive decisions and learn to get along and work well with both youth and adults.

Michigan 4-H is proud to be a leader in citizenship, leadership & service!

Through the following goals, young people experience citizenship, leadership and service in the context of positive community youth development. 4-H citizenship, leadership and community service learning programs:

  • Meet the needs of youth by developing fun and relevant experiences designed by youth and adults.
  • Use a variety of research-based learning processes and resources to engage youth in a variety of hands-on activities.
  • Involve youth and adults as partners existing at all levels of program design, implementation and evaluation and through shared knowledge and activities have reciprocal leading, teaching and mentoring roles.
  • Recognize the value of volunteer and professional staff and support them through a well-coordinated system of professional development opportunities.
  • Communicate the outcomes of programs to local communities, legislators and other stakeholders.
  • Seek out charitable grants and public funding to support citizenship, leadership and service programming in 4-H.


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:

Janelle Stewart, Leadership and Civic Engagement Work Group Co-Chair
Phone: 517-264-5300
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Brian Wibby, Leadership and Civic Engagement Work Group Co-Chair
Phone: 906-475-5731
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