Youth benefiMany helping boy with biket from supportive and caring relationships with older individuals who serve as a guide and role model. Many youth find these relationships naturally through their involvement in school, youth serving organizations like 4-H, families and communities. Youth mentoring programs are often designed to serve youth who do not find these relationships naturally. MSU Extension has more than 20 years of experience in creating supportive, long-term mentoring relationships. 4-H offers a range of mentoring programs including community-based, site-based, adult-youth, peer and small group mentoring. Our programs are based on youth mentoring quality program standards and best practices. Programs serve a variety of audiences including court-involved youth, youth living in foster care, children of prisoners, academically challenged youth and youth who face other challenges. 

To learn more about mentoring, visit Michigan 4-H.

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  • Passing it on

    October 24, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | Most successful adults have had mentors who provided guidance and support. If you have benefited from a mentoring relationship, perhaps it’s time to pass it on and become a mentor to a young person.

  • Approaches to learning: Exploring physical play

    October 21, 2014 | Gail Innis | Consider an afternoon of playing with play dough as a learning experience for you and the children in your life.

  • Play: An inexpensive learning tool for children of all ages

    October 17, 2014 | Gail Innis | Play is essential for healthy child development.

  • Strengthen your 4-H club

    October 8, 2014 | Sandra Risedorph | A goal of 4-H programs is to build strong, healthy youth who are proactive in a rapidly changing and complex world. Help create these individuals by strengthening your club.

  • 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.

  • Boosting brain development

    October 2, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | How do you help boost your child’s brain development?

  • What secrets can you keep?

    September 26, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | You expect your mentee to confide in you, but sometimes they disclose information that needs to be shared.

  • Every important task gets a team!

    September 23, 2014 | Edward Scott | Teamwork can lead to a better design process, a more enjoyable working environment and ultimately a better final result.

  • Facilitating youth: challenges and approaches for overcoming them

    September 23, 2014 | Makena Shultz | The process of facilitation comes with some potential challenges. This article recognizes three challenges facilitators might face when working with youth and gives practical steps to mitigate those obstacles.

  • Maker Space: anytime, anywhere

    September 22, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Learn how you can create a maker environment without a Maker Space.

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