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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
Brian Wibby, Leadership and Civic Engagement Work Group Co-Chair
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 17, 2017 | Makena Schultz | Learn to recognize the differences between reflection and rumination in yourself, and learn some tips for engaging in healthy reflection.
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.
February 13, 2017 | Jan Brinn | Grand Traverse County has a True 4-H Science Teen Leader in robotics.
February 2, 2017 | Jackelyn Martin | Thirteen Michigan youth take on important leadership role as members of the 2017 Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council.
February 2, 2017 | Makena Schultz | Discover the aspects of 4-H Capitol Experience that make it unique in Michigan. Learn how to register your high school youth today!
January 26, 2017 | Betty Jo Krosnicki | State Awards recognize 4-H members for engaging in rich learning experiences that result in outstanding knowledge and life skill development. Be prepared to answer the application questions.
Find an Expert
Mar 19, 2017 – Mar 22, 2017 | Okemos and Downtown Lansing
Apr 15, 2017 | Anthony Hall, Michigan State University, 474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
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