Wonder how to become president?
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
January 29, 2016 | Makena Schultz | Learn why setting goals is important and five key aspects of good goals.
January 28, 2016 | Jackelyn Martin | Fourteen members of the 2016 Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council serve in important leadership role.
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.
January 25, 2016 | Connie Lange | Youth leadership roles give youth the opportunity to be in leadership positions and develop skills.
January 22, 2016 | Thomas Long | Entrepreneurship is in our DNA, but has taken on different forms today and in the past.
January 4, 2016 | Jennifer Weichel | Who were you meant to be? Discover ways to be your best in 2016.
December 30, 2015 | Jennifer Weichel | Now that you are a leader, here are some tips for giving directions.
December 30, 2015 | Connie Lange | Youth can travel and host to learn about other countries cultures through the 4-H International Exchange program.
December 30, 2015 | Alan Jaros | The Junior Fair Board will offer advice, consultation to top leaders while building invaluable leadership skills.
December 28, 2015 | Connie Lange | 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus provides hands-on experience in citizenship to help young people participate in national government.
Find an Expert
Feb 26, 2016 – Feb 28, 2016 | Kettunen Center, 14901 4H Drive,Tustin, MI 49688
Feb 27, 2016 – Feb 27, 2016 | Alpena Mall, 2380 U.S. 23 South, Alpena, MI 49707
Mar 6, 2016 | Eagle Church of God, 7087 E Dover Rd, Clare, MI 48617
Mar 12, 2016 | Tahquamenon Area Schools, 700 Newberry Ave., Newberry MI 49868
Mar 12, 2016 – Mar 13, 2016 | Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Dr., Tustin, MI 49688
Mar 19, 2016 | The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills, MI 48326