Life Skills

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Life skills are a basic foundation that prepare youth for success in life.  The goal of Michigan 4-H Youth Development is that every youth possess the necessary life skills to be successful and lead a productive life.  Through the motto of, learn by doing and the experiential learning model, youth involved in Michigan 4-H programs are gaining life skills through project, experiences and opportunities that 4-H offers.

Visit Michigan 4-H to learn more about programs youth can participate in to gain these life skills.

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  • Practice makes perfect outside the auction arena

    October 22, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | With all of the excitement of auction night, what should youth say? What should they do? In 4-H we often practice what happens inside the auction arena because we want to be sure youth are prepared, comfortable and confident for the events that take place.

  • Adventure playgrounds for kids

    October 17, 2014 | Dixie Sandborn | Teaching kids to problem solve with creativity during free play.

  • Animal judging – Dairy

    October 15, 2014 | Melissa Elischer | This series of articles will introduce animal judging – what it is, the life skills it helps youth to develop, where it can take youth and why everyone should try it!

  • Positive youth development: What is it?

    October 10, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | The phrase, “positive youth development” sounds self-explanatory, yet it’s much more than just a phrase used by those in the youth development field. This article will introduce more about positive youth development.

  • Michigan 4-H helps youth prepare for and succeed in college

    October 9, 2014 | Judy Ratkos | College transition study findings show that Michigan 4-H participation increases college aspirations, readiness and successful transition to college.

  • Reluctant reader in your house? Tips for improving reading without opening a book.

    October 9, 2014 | Shannon Lindquist | Do you have a child who struggles with reading or one who doesn’t enjoy reading? These hints may help that reader improve their skills and make reading more enjoyable.

  • Developing life skills through carving pumpkins

    October 8, 2014 | Michelle Neff | Helping youth develop life skills that can be used when they are adults is the goal of Michigan 4-H. This article will explore how something as simple and fun as carving a pumpkin can help youth develop life skills.

  • Integrating and promoting character education from the 4-H ambassadors

    October 2, 2014 | Frank Cox | As 4-H ambassadors fulfill their roles, they can integrate the promotion of character education at various levels for their county 4-H program.

  • Managing stress can be fun

    September 30, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | Stress management doesn’t have to be a chore! Use this fun activity to help manage stress.

  • Pre-college programs broaden horizons and create a college-going culture

    September 30, 2014 | Judy Ratkos | Pre-college programs serve an important purpose for postsecondary institutions and communities by offering K-12 students opportunities to prepare academically and socially for higher education.

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